A seashell grows by following mathematical rules, and yet each seashell is different. Cactus needles arrange themselves by following a specific pattern, and yet no two cacti look exactly alike. These are the kinds of forms that interest me; forms that are governed by an underlying mathematical principle, but that are at the same time unique.
Most of the art I create begins with a form that I have come across, either in the physical or metaphysical world, that strikes me as having some inner beauty. I then create a mathematical model that captures the essence of this beauty, and use this model to guide the construction of a physical object. The construction process begins on a computer, where I blend scripted components with (virtually) hand-built elements. All or part of this design is then sent to a 3D printer for fabrication. Finally, the fabricated piece is often finished by more traditional techniques.
David Bachman is currently leading a dual life as a design professional and professor of mathematics. He received his PhD in 1999 from the University of Texas at Austin, and has since published over 16 research articles and two books on Geometry and Topology. Eight years ago David's background in Mathematics and his affinity for working with his hands converged when he began to experiment with 3D printing. Since then he has created unique sculptures by using several CAD modeling packages (most notably, Rhino 3D and Grasshopper), a variety of 3D printers, and a garage full of tools. For most of that time he has been regularly consulting with artists and designers across the globe to help bring their ideas to reality through his company, David Bachman Design, Inc.
In his spare time David enjoys martial arts (with black belts in Karate (open hand combat) and Kobudo (traditional weaponry)) and occasionally plays the drums (although it’s been a while since there was time to be in a band). In his younger days he was a “roadie,” setting up for such acts as The Rolling Stones, U2, The Grateful Dead, Metallica, and Aerosmith.
David's academic web page can be found here. His blog about Math and Art is here.
I'm pleased to announce my new book!