Erik Es (Amsterdam, 1963) studied Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science.
In 1988 he opened "3-D Hologrammen", the first hologram shop/gallery in Amsterdam.
In the 90's and 00's he designed and co-produced several optical holograms.

Around 2010 it became possible to record digital holograms from 3D computer designs.
This led him to learn how to use 3D CAD software to create the 3D scenes that are needed to
produce digital 3D holograms. In those days, his designs would always stay "virtual" -
holographic images are nice, but you can't touch and handle them...

When 3D printing became available he started to learn how to build and use
3D printers, which meant that now his designs could be made into real objects.

In 2013 he added 3D printing to the hologram gallery under the name "Printed In Space".
There he offers custom printing and modeling services, and sells 3D printed objects -
own designs, and also products designed by others (like his cousin Jelle).

In 2016 he invented a new 3D printing technique ("Es-Cage Printing")
which has led to the birth of many new and unique products.
here to find out more about Es-Cage Printing.

Click here to see some of his 3D designs. Continue reading to see some older projects.


PORTFOLIO 1981-2013




(3D print shop)

(hologram shop)
(old punk band)

"Simple" websites built with Frontpage.
Designed with GIMP, Paint Shop Pro, Animation Shop & 3D Studio Max.




Private project. The aim was to create a website that stores and shows pinball high scores.
Built from scratch in HTML/PHP/MySQL.
Designed with GIMP, Paint Shop Pro & Animation Shop.





My friend and fellow holography enthusiast Tijn was working at the Rijksmuseum depot.
He came across many "Vanitas" paintings there and came up with the idea to make a holographic version of one.
He asked me to do the 3D computer graphics and help him with the overall design.
After we had finished the scene I rendered the 640 frames needed for digital holographic printing.
One copy is now on display at the M.I.T. Museum (selected as one of the 20 best holograms of 2011).



King Tut has been a benchmark image throughout the great era of display hologram production.
Every company that produced stock images had at least one version in their assortment.
So with the advent of digital holography I decided to be the first to produce a full-colour digital Tut hologram.
I created the model from scratch using 3D Studio Max, Paint Shop Pro & GIMP.
It took quite a while to get all the details reasonably accurate...
Some textures were copied from photos, others were created manually.





This lion is an old sandstone ornament. It is part of the entrance to the Agnieten chapel in Amsterdam.
I used 123DCatch and 3D Studio Max to create a 3D model from 40 photos taken from different angles.
Once the model was finished I rendered 480 frames for digital holographic printing.


ROTOCAM SCAN  #1 (2011)


Lacking the funds to build a 40+ camera array I created the next best thing: Rotocam.
It mainly consists of a large rotating arm. With this I can record 360˚ scans using only 3 cameras.
In the first test shots the cameras picked up the counterweight of the Rotocam arm.
This resulted in the weird artefact sitting on the top of my head.
I liked it - it was the crowning of my work. Sometimes a mistake can have pretty artistic results...
Unfortunately I have not been crowned again since I fixed the problem in a subsequent version of the Rotocam.





I have been experimenting with synthesizers and computers since the 80's, mainly for private enjoyment.
After starting a hologram shop I started to produce ambient music to enhance the shop atmosphere.
In the 90's I home-published two "best of" cassettes: "Not The Osmond Brothers" and
"Definitely Not The Osmond Brothers".  After a period of distraction from music by work and other hobbies
my interest in making music was rekindled by the advent of affordable digital home recording.
In 2007 I published my first cd "Pretty Weird", followed in 2010 by "Pretty Weird Again".
These were both recorded at my little summer hide-out in Waterland.
Interesting fact: I have no electricity there, so all the bits were flipped by rechargeable batteries.

You can hear some tracks here if you like:
My Space        Schistostega Pennata        Penrose




In the early 80's I was the drummer of this Amsterdam punk band.
We did a lot of gigs around Holland and had a lot of fun.
In 1981 we released a (demo) cassette. In 1982 we did a 4 track EP which is now regarded a hard-core classic.
In 2012 I was approached by Marcel Schilpzand of Gummopunx Records.
He proposed to re-issue these recordings on vinyl, as the EP was one of his personal favourites from that era.
I took some time to restore what was left of the master tapes and in 2013 the re-issue LP was released.
I designed the album cover to match the style of the 1982 "cut-and-paste" EP sleeve.
We even got the band back together to do an album presentation gig at OCCII (which was well received).
Old punks never die.

For more info see the Mornington Crescent website:


In 2013 - 2014 I created an iOS app that uses a cellular automaton to create marvelous "living art".

You can find out more about this great app on this page.

Here's some screenshots:

                       NOW AVAILABLE
                          IN THE APP STORE :



    A wonderful cellular automaton.
    Turn your iPad into a living artwork !