Relying on ingenuity and 3D printing technology, 18-year old William Paterson University freshman Nicholas Montesano created a COVID-inspired chessboard for his 3D Design class.
The “COVID-19 Quarantine Essentials” themed chess set combines two topics that dominated 2020: cleaning and disinfection practices to tackle the coronavirus disease and a global chess boom inspired by the hit Netflix show The Queen’s Gambit. As part of the final project portfolio for the 3D Design class at the university’s College of the Arts and Communication, Professor HyukJae Henry Yoo assigned students to develop, fabricate, and present a themed chessboard. The objective was to integrate 3D modeling and fabrication methods while applying 3D visual aesthetic principles learned in class.
Montesano, who is currently enrolled as an art student, immediately began working on a few concepts. His final COVID-inspired chess design competed against two other themes he had envisioned: popular cartoon characters and famous skyscrapers. Freshman student Nicholas Montesano created a “COVID-19 Quarantine Essentials” themed chess set using 3D printing. Image courtesy of Nicholas Montesano. Created with Autodesk’s Maya 3D software and a MakerBot printer on campus, Montesano’s chess set pieces are unique. Players can go head-to-head in an ultimate “enhanced cleaning” duel […]
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