Spring cleaning in the studio unearthed my old friend Drum Head. He emerged from a piece of decaying ornamental cherry a few years ago and was fitted with a Yamaha drum machine. Decided to rename him to, ‘ Mr Mobile Phone ‘ and put a price of £500 on him which is about the price of one of the latest phones. Oh and there are deals available, you can have him for £35 a month on a two year contract at the end of which you can keep him or renew the contract and exchange him for one of my latest works.
This image was first posted on Facebook and I’m just getting round to posting it here. You are looking at a picture of the only physical version of, The Thinker at the Fountain, that exists.
The first sculpture created to be printed with, THE *wildcard* CREATOR, is called, ‘ The Thinker at the Fountain ‘ . The image attached to this post is a virtual photograph, made with the Blender application, of what the sculpture would look like as to date it only exists in the memory chips of computers.
The sculpture was created entirely in a virtual space created using the Blender application by combining two 3D files downloaded from the website, www.thingiverse.com . This site allows designers of 3D objects to upload, store and share their 3D designs. After opening an account on Thingiverse the resulting file was uploaded and made available to share with other members and anyone else who visits the Thingiverse website.
Finally got around to posting some images of the RepStrap 3D printer after spending most of 2012 meticulously crafting it from carefully selected bits and pieces found in my collection of unwanted tech artifacts donated by a varied collection of worthy souls in the ‘Hack Space Sculpture Studio’.
The printer is that collection of metal, glass and wood in the centre of the image.The 3D objects are built a layer at a time on the piece of glass.
The glass build plate is mounted on a stripped down scanner and moves backwards and forwards . It is also moved up and down by the screw thread you can just see on the left of the picture.
The wooden structure that looks a bit like a printer cartridge is mounted on a 2D printer carriage which moves it from left to right.
In the bottom of the wooden structure is mounted the Hot End. This is where a controlled stream of molten plastic is extruded to form each layer of the model being printed.
So far have managed to get one or two test pieces to build. You can see the early rejects in the bottom right of the image.
Thought I’d get back into the blogging with pics of some boxes I made during Autumn 2012. The boxes are variation on the basic, bandsaw box, design. Demonstrations of the technique can be found on You Tube and are quite straightforward to follow if you have a bandsaw and fancy having a go.