This month I have received a wonderful gift. It is a bronze 3d print and it is amazing. Well, it's actually not solid bronze by a bronze plated stainless steel print. It stands about 75cm high and is hollow inside the chest cavity. Shapeways did a great job with this. I used Zbrush to prepare the modeland it is a great tool for getting character models prepped for printing.
This month we have another flying robot, a new Hero on a bike and an updated Armoured chicken being prepped for 3d printing.
First up, this is a new knitter robot painting from the flying robot collection
Another new painting for the Heroes on Bikes collection. This one was done for a family member who is a fan of the collection.
Lastly, I've been redoing the details and splitting this old model into sections with keys. It is going to be printed in a high resolution resin and painted once complete. I'm looking forward to the end result and I will post some more pics of that once it's complete.
isHappy new year! Another year has past with many ups and downs.
This year has been another time of great artwork that I have been inspired by from all over the world. Below is my small contribution to the artwork created around the world each day.
Another friendly little gift animal who has a little present for you. This little guy is part of The Gift Animals collection and has been made by Shapeways with the magic of full colour 3d printing. Check him out over at my Shop:
Another print has come back from www.shapeways.com and it looks great. This one stands about 10cm in height (see the scale reference photo with keys below) and is printed in the 'Black strong and flexible' material, which is a dyed nylon plastic and is very strong. The print came out great and has retained a high level of detail. I used the 'print it anyway' feature on shapeways which allows you to test out first time prints to see if they will print regardless of errors with the mesh. This model has some errors in the preliminary checks to do with the small detail on the female character's hair but I went ahead and printed it anyway since this is the first prototype.
The design is from an old drawing I did for a boss character in a video game. The whole idea was that the Queen, the female character in the throne, was the brains and the Mule, the big guy, was the brawn. You would have to defeat the queen first while avoiding the powerful attacks of the mule and then you could take down the Mule more easily without the queen issuing commands. The design never made it into a game but I enjoyed sculpting it and bringing the design into the real world with the magic of 3d printing.
Below is the original 3d design. I had to remove the chains from the print model because they are too delicate to print.
The Panda Medic below was the first print in the series. The print came out dusty with white powder still visible on the print but this was more than a year ago and Shapeways have made great improvements in their colored material finishing.
It still amazes me how 3d printing works. Not to mention 3d printing with colour. Even though I've had many of my little sculpted characters printed in the past it just doesn't seem to get old. The latest little edition to my collection is this Armoured Panda Tank. It stands about 50mm high and looks great with the colors from the multi-color material.
Take a look at it over at Shapeways: http://shpws.me/HUIO
Here is what the 3d model looks like that I send off to Shapeways:
A few months ago I posted a render of a concept truck I had designed and built. I recently received the real world model of that design and here it is:
And here is the 3d concept model I posted previously:
I created a superhero version of myself a while back and finally got the 3d print back from the manufacturer. It looks great with most of the detail retained by the high detail resin material. Check it out in the images below:
And here is the original model rendered:
Here is the 3d printed version of the Mafia Fish Assassin. It came out great with most of the details preserved very well.
See the digital version here: http://www.willdutoit.com/blog/mafia-fish-assassin
This is a chess set I designed a while back. This was the first plastic prototype I had made after I had tried it in cardboard. You can see the cardboard prototype further down this page. Unfortunately the King and queen on the red side didn't come out very well. I will fix that in the next version.
I made this matching set of His and Hers Espresso Cups as a gift for some friends. They lock together like a jigsaw.
I made these two matching egg cups for some friends that recently got married. All the best to the happy couple :-)
I've be fortunate to be nominated for the shortlist of the i.materialise.com "Designer of the Year" award. i.materialise is a 3d printing service where I have had some of my more detailed designs made.
You can read more about it here:
Two of my models have been featured on the blog of the company where I get my 3d prints done. It's nice to see my stuff making it out into the wild.
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