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Feb112018

3D PRINTING

As the years go by, 3D printing is become a more and more an important part of my workflow.  My first practical use of 3D printing came in 2003 when I had a few parts made for me at hightly inflated prices!


Then in 2010 I began playing around in 3Dstudio max and designed and printed parts for my BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED ROBOTS.  Another year rolled by and I begin hiring other artists to design for me and I outsourced printing services via imaterialize and shapeways.  Visit the DRONE page to see a sample of this. 

 

 

Then by the time 2013 rolled around I invested in my own FDM 3D printer and began producing my own parts.  My use of 3d priting was still very limited and was useful in only 1 or 2 projects per year.  See the INFINITY ORB.


  In 2015 I began using higher quality printers at maker spaces and produced components for MR KIM'S BOAT that year.  2016 and 2017 were hiatus years for me, while I concentrated on finding vendors to finally complete the TAXI PROJECT.


  In 2018, after years of research, I invested in my first LIQUID RESIN PRINTER!!!!  OMG I just love how tech improves and costs go down.  This printer, 5 years ago, was 20 times the cost.  Now it's in my studio helping me print my own super high quality parts!!


The first projects are in the pipeline for this printer: THE ATLANTEAN IDOL, interior parts for KORBEN'S TAXI,  and parts for the FETT JETPACK! Several new helmets are also being developed by my 3D artist. 


The full process looks like this:

 

I gather as many reference photos and information on measurements as I can possibly find.   As an example I'll use this ATLANTIAN IDO, though this is the only reference I could find:


Then I commission my artist to render the object in 3D dimensions using the latest model programs.


After a few rounds of adjustments I lock the design..

 

 

From there I process the model through a few programs to prepare it for printing.  This includes separating the model, manifolding the shells, introducing supports and drain holes as necessary.

 

The sliced file is then sent to my 3D printer and that's where the magic happens.



The print is then cleaned up and prepared for molding.

 

 

For larger parts, like this rocket, the pieces are separated, printed, and then assembled into the single large object.

 

 

 

 

3D PRINTING RELATED PROJECTS:

THE OBLIVION DRONE

MONDOSHAWAN HEAD


FIFTH ELEMENT TAXI!!!


JETPACK PROJECT

Y-WING HELMET

A-WING HELMET

STAY TUNED FOR MORE!!!!

Follow this link to download my vector files for creating your own vat seen in this tutorial: