3D printed vagina selfie

The Case of the ‘3D Printed Vagina Selfie’ Continues..

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Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi (42) who makes objects shaped like her own vagina has been charged with distributing ‘obscene’ data.
Igarashi was first arrested in July for selling 3D printable data of her own genitals. Igarashi was accused of distribution of obscene material electronically – the design files are said to have been distributed in March to a 30-year-old man in Kagawa Prefecture who could produce a model of her genitals.

She was freed after several days following a legal appeal and after more than 21,000 people signed apetition demanding her release.

But she was arrested again this month, as she had reportedly offered to send the data of a kayak that’s based on her vagina to the biggest donors to a crowdfunding campaign that supported her project.

The present charges relate to three counts of distributing ‘obscene’ data:

  1. She had uploaded the 3D scan of female genitals online and transmitted the URL of the website by e-mail;
  2. She had sent CD-ROMs containing same data for a 3D printer.
  3. She had exhibited a model in the shape of female genitalia.

“We don’t agree with the prosecutors’ contention at all.” Takeshi Sumi, one of Igarashi’s lawyers, told AFP Wednesday.

“We will continue pleading not guilty on behalf of Igarashi, who argues her works are not anything obscene,” Sumi said.

The Japanese court approved her detention, as prosecutors said they feared she would destroy evidence if released, according to Sumi.

“Japan’s multi-billion-dollar pornography industry is large and varied, but obscenity laws still ban pictures of actual genitalia, which normally appear pixellated or behind black spots,” notes AFP. “If convicted of distributing or possessing obscene materials for the purpose of selling, Igarashi could face up to two years in jail and/or a fine of as much as 2.5 million yen ($21,000).”

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3D printed car models from children’s sketches

Breathing Life Into Simple Sketches: A Japanese Company is Making Every Child’s Dream Come True!

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The future of 3D printing lies in the hands of our youth. It will be today’s school-aged children who grow up understanding the concepts behind 3D modeling and 3D printing better than most of us who are currently employed in the workforce. Hopefully with 3D printing curricula in schools, and a growing understanding that the technology holds tremendous potential, our children will be the ones to really reap the rewards of the technology. It will be these same children who will be working for the companies that do for 3D printing what the Googles, Apples, and IBMs did for personal computing.

In Japan, 3D printing is beginning to really take off. One company, called t-o-f-u design, understands the importance of teaching children about this technology. In collaboration with Inter-Culture, at the 2014 Maker Faire in Tokyo, t-o-f-udecided to try something very unique, when it comes to 3D printing. They allowed 11 children, between the ages of 4 and 8 years old, to design a side view of a car that they would like to have fabricated on a 3D printer. They were merely asked to draw a profile of a vehicle from one side, and then t-o-f-u and company were to do the rest.

 

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“We are actually full time car designers [for a] major Japanese car company,” Park tells 3DPrint.com. “We created this design unit to create fun and meaningful educational workshops for kids and also to do more collaboration projects with other creative talents. It is part of our learning experience as well.”

Using Autodesk Alias, t-o-f-u was able to create digital 3D models of the kids’ cars. They then had INTER-CULTURE 3D print the designs using a 3D Systems Sinterstation HiQ. Once the cars were 3D printed, the kids were then asked to color them using special markers.

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The end result? 11 separate 3D printed cars that featured moving wheels, and an individuality about them only possible via 3D printing. The cars, which were exhibited at the Tokyo Maker Faire, garnered quite the attention from show attendees.

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The children were also able to push their cars around a track to see just how fast they could go.

“Since we made only a one course race track, we could not race them, but all the cars drive perfectly,” explained Park. “So we had [the kids] drive them one by one, and they were super excited to see their own designed cars moving!”

Now with this project complete, t-o-f-u is looking toward future projects, including collaboration with other large 3D printing companies. Park tells us that they are in talks with Materialise Japan, and they are in the process of working on another kids design workshop that will take place in the middle of January.

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What do you think about this unique way of using 3D printing to get kids involved with and excited about the technology? Discuss in the 3D printed kids cars forumthread on 3DPB.com.

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by  | DECEMBER 23, 2014

3D printed vagina – Megumi Igarashi arrested

A violation of an artist’s freedom of expression, or obscene artwork?

The case continues with Igarashi’s side of the story!

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Last week we covered the rather interesting story of a 42-year-old Japanese artist named Megumi Igarashi. Igarashi, as you have probably heard, was arrested on suspicion of selling and distributing 3D printable design files of her own genitals.

What she had been doing was selling design files which were 3D CAD models of her vagina, in order to raise money toward the creation of her next piece of art, a kayak in the shape of, you guessed it, her vagina. Yes, maybe a bit odd, but after all, this is art, a field in which individuals can express themselves in ways they feel strongly about. At least that’s the way it works here in the U.S.

Immediately following her arrest, the media latched onto her story. Within a couple of days, major news outlets throughout the world had covered the woman, who was now being referred to as the ‘Vagina Artist’. There was a tremendous outpouring of support, and over 22,000 signatures collected from individuals on Change.org. A majority of these supporters were from Japan themselves, and felt that her arrest was unfair, and that such actions taken by the police were an attack on free expression itself.

After spending a total of five days in jail, Igarashi was released after her legal team appealed her detention with a Tokyo court. Surprisingly the court upheld the appeal, ruling against the prosecution. This does not mean that charges will be dropped, or that Igarashi will not face further time in prison, but such actions are pretty rare within the Japanese court system, according to Igarashi’s attorney. If convicted of the charges that she is faced with, she could spend up to two years in prison, and face a fine of 2.5 million yen ($24,655).

Appearing at a press conference after her released, Igarashi expressed her confusion and frustration, stating, “I had no idea why I had to be arrested and detained because I don’t believe my vagina is anything obscene. I was determined I would never yield to police power.”

What will happen next is all up to the courts and Igarashi’s lawyers. This could end up being a landmark case for Japan, forcing the country to take a hard look at some of the possibly outdated laws having to do with sexuality, many unfairly skewed in favor of the male sex. On the other hand, routed deeply in tradition, these laws may continue to be upheld, and it is entirely possible that Igarashi will face additional time behind bars, and/or fines.

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Either way, it’s fair to say that as an artist, her work, which involved 3D printing and scanning, has just received a major boost. It will be interesting to see if other young artists, both in Japan and across the rest of the world begin adopting approaches similar to hers, both in respects to the use of 3D technology, as well as the subject at hand.

How do you feel about this story? Should Igarashi be a free woman for good? Should Japan’s laws  change? Let’s hear your thoughts in the 3D printed genital forum thread on 3DPB.com

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by  | JULY 20, 2014

Arrest for 3D printing?

The saga of the Japanese woman and her vagina selfie for 3D printing purposes continues!

Although released from police custody, it is still unknown whether she will face criminal charges for her her profile arrests for “distributing data that could create an obscene shape through a 3D printer”.

If found guilty, she could face up to two years of jail time or a fine of up to 2.5 million yen

Megumi Igarashi’s arrest on obscenity charges has triggered concerns of clampdown on freedom of expression in Japan.

A Tokyo-based artist known for her genital-inspired works has been released from police custody following her arrest on obscenity charges, her lawyer has said, in a case that triggered accusations of a clampdown on freedom of expression in Japan.

Megumi Igarashi, 42, also known as Rokudenashiko, which roughly translates as “bastard kid”, was arrested on Saturday for distributing data that allowed recipients to make 3D prints of her vagina.

“She was released today,” said her lawyer, Kazuyuki Minami, adding that Igarashi and her legal team were due to hold a press conference later on Friday.

It was not immediately clear if the artist would face criminal charges.

Igarashi had been trying to raise funds online to pay for the construction of a kayak, using a 3D printer, modelled on the shape of her genitals.

Her supporters said they were shocked by what they described as the police’s unusually broad use of Japan’s obscenity laws. Despite its pornography industry, Japan still forbids the depiction of actual genitalia.

The artist was arrested for “distributing data that could create an obscene shape through a 3D printer”, a police spokesman told AFP.

Before her arrest, Igarashi had collected about 1m yen (£5,770) through a crowd-funding website.

In exchange for donations, she supplied data to supporters that would let them create 3D prints of her genitals.

The artist’s arrest triggered protest among her fans and supporters, who started an online petition to demand her immediate release. If convicted, Igarashi could be jailed up to two years or fined up 2.5m yen, according to her lawyer.

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