What’s the best way to illustrate years of information and research in a space small and visually stimulating enough that even the most attention deficient of us can understand? Infographics baby! But let’s add a dimension or three to that and see what can be visualized through the glorious technology of 3D printing.

3D Printed Infographics

I love Infographics. Studies prove it!

See? But what about… 3D printed Infographics? Even more so.

Johannes Tsopanides

Johannes Tsopanides of SHAPES iN PLAY has been creating ‘InfObjects’, 3D printing these organic yet peculiar shapes that represent the ecological impact of the food we eat.

The ingredients of several dishes have been analysed regarding energy content, CO2 equivalent and price.A high content of energy causes the growth of small roots on the outer surface of the object. The CO2 equivalent of a dish is visualised by the appearance of `ozone holes´ that indicate how much greenhouse gas has been produced during breeding and processing of a single edible. The price of an ingredient has been illustrated by rising the edge of a segment in relation to the value.The values have a direct impact on the shape and function of a set of tableware, consisting of a plate, a bowl and a mug. By means of those objects the information is made tangible via Rapid Manufacturing. To better demonstrate the single ingredients and their data the pieces are subdivided in segments.

Luke Jerram

Tsopanides and his design studio aren’t the only ones experimenting. You’ve seen his wind harp, now British artist Luke Jerram has taken the data from the 9.0 Tohoku earthquake that hit Japan in March, 2011 and reconstructed it into a three dimensional shape. Catastrophe can produce beautiful work, so it seems.

The artwork measures 30cm x 20cm and represents 9 minutes of the earthquake. The sculpture will be presented at the Jerwood Space in London for a show called Terra. Exploring how data is read and can be represented and interpreted, the artwork is one of a series of data visualization sculptures Jerram has recently created.

In addition, he 3D printed the New York Stock Exchange data from the past 100 years. It seems so similar to the earthquake piece…hmmm…

Doug McCune

Its not 3D printed, but could be. This map is a This 3D reconstruction of San Francisco’s ‘criminal’ topography created by Doug McCune. If you’re out in the ‘cisco, take a good look at the lesser known tourist attractions, like the cliffs of Assault. Careful not to lose your wallet on the Peaks of Robbery. Luckily, there’s safety from the gusts of Lead at a pass near the police station.

Via Shapeways blog