Tom Burtonwood

Tom Burtonwood

Tom Burtonwood is an artist, educator and entrepreneur based in Chicago, IL. Burtonwood co-founded Mimesis, LLC a product development company focused on 3D scanning and digital fabrication. He teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College.

Find Tom on Twitter: @tburtonwood and on Instagram: @tomburtonwood

Latest from Tom Burtonwood

Knotty Objects curatorial team Joi Ito, Paola Antonelli, Kevin Slavin and Neri Oxman open the proceedings

We attended design summit "Knotty Objects" at the MIT Media Lab to talk about technology, design, and the future of humanity. Here's how it went. Read more »

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During my second week as an artist in residence at the Maker Media Lab, I decided to explore designing and creating a filament colorizer. Read more »


I came to Maker Media Lab with a couple of projects in mind for my short stint as artist in residence: Louis Sullivan 3D printed architectural reference book Arduino controlled 3D printer filament pigmentation device 3D scanning with drones During my first week in the lab, I chose to focus... Read more »

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The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) occupies the site of the Liverpool Road Station, the world’s first railway station. It served as the Manchester terminus of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway (L&MR), an important route ferrying commercial and public traffic between these two key cities. Exhibits at MOSI include... Read more »

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From the exterior packaging and $999 price point, it’s obvious that the Dremel Idea Builder is a product aimed squarely at the mass market. Their design team has clearly thought through the unboxing experience. Inside is a full-color, easy to follow, quick-start guide, two sheets of Dremel-branded BuildTak, and a... Read more »


This machine landed roughly in the middle of the pack after two days of intensive testing, but its pedigree and construction suggests it could do much better. Read more »

The inaugural Chicago Fire Festival treated 30,000 people to a multi sensory experience of light, sound and fire. Produced by Redmoon Theater the festival began with the lowering of flaming cauldrons above the Chicago River. Mayor Rahm Emmanuel lit the first cauldron from the Michigan Avenue Bridge to inaugurate the... Read more »