Sometimes it really does come down to “necessity is the mother of invention”, and 3D printers make this possible for nearly anyone willing to invest a little time. Today, I did it again – from design, print, and ready in under 2 hours!
In my previous post (read it for more details on the artist and his studio), I displayed a picture of the 2 inch print of an STL file I received from “Gullwing”, the artist at Images in Depth/Lifecast Arizona. Here you see a deconstructed 4 inch print (left) along with the removed support material (right).
Here’s a shot of my first “4-way tentacle control”. I can’t say enough about the DVDs from the Stan Winston School of Character Arts! I’ve watched most of 3 DVDs, and learned so much, including how to machine parts for the tentacle control, and how to 3D print parts for the eye mechanics. Here, I’ve combined the two by 3D printing the spacing discs (think “vertebrae”).
In the Stan Winston terminology, anything that looks like a tail that swings back and forth plus up and down is referred to as a tentacle control. This is the basic mechanism for the chest burster in Alien!
The NeoPixel Gas Mask from the Adafruit Learning Center was completed and Franklin wore it to Day 1 of the Arizona Fur Con. It was quite a hit! Read More
The holder created by the Ruiz Brothers on Adafruit and Thingiverse didn’t quite fit into the respirator portion of our gas mask, and we thought the attachment of the rings was also a little clunky. (But then, we’re relatively new to this whole 3D printing thing… so we’re not saying the Ruiz Brothers messed up… just “it didn’t work for us”.) Read More
Franklin has embarked on a project of customizing the 3D gas mask with NeoPixel lighting as originally designed by Adafruit. Read More
Usually when you design a 3D-printed part, you want it to “build from the ground up”. After all, having the extruder “hang filament in mid-air” seems like a pretty difficult request. But today, I did it.