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).
The armature for the full-scale dragon sculpture is formed and mounted. Read More
Carol got two nice ice cream bar molds on Amazon (mash fruit, add yogurt, freeze!), but putting the mixture in each bar cavity was a messy pain. Read More
I never have a pen nearby when I want to scribble something on the grocery list pad which is conveniently mounted to the fridge with a magnet. I’ve looked around for a simple magnetic pen holder, but couldn’t find something suitable… so I made one! Read More
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!
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.
Carol mentioned she wondered if there was a way to print a skull — to which I of course replied “Duh!”. After several hours in recovery… Read More