My thoughts, my stories, my ideas, my rants and raves, even my desired objects. In short, its me!
I finally finished preparing the 3D prints for my mold. It took a couple hours of sanding to get the model smooth, and I hate sanding. Then I slapped some putty on it to fill the gaps and errors in the prints. I wish someone should have told me that was a terrible idea though not because putty was the wrong thing to use. It was the “slapping it on” part that was stupid. Turns out that stuff is harder than the plastic and took forever to sand it smooth. Grrrrrr sanding, I hate you.
Then I finally finished the models with a few coats of high build primer, a few coats a day, for a few days until the finish was silky smooth. This process was a lot longer than expected.
You can see the original 3D prints straight from the printer and then the final sanded, primed and ready to rock versions. Also, sitting in a blue foam holder for making two part molds.
Finally, from the digital realm to the living! It never ceases to amaze me how something can go from my digital screen, and then so quickly be perfectly created in real life in a little lab.
Although somewhere, somehow, the dimensions got a little wonky and it was printed about 40% bigger than it should have been. OR its possible that I screwed up my measurements and made it way too big… Ill blame the fact that I had to convert the file types…Yeah, Ill blame the computers. It printed so big that if the two were put together it is the size of a pitcher… who wants a pitcher of cream?? Anyone? I thought not, I had to reprint them both much, much smaller. so that I am not serving a gallon of cream and a pound of sugar.
Next up, I am going to make a two part mold for slipcasting!
I am currently doing a Teaching Internship for a class named Accessories for Living. We are doing an amazing collaborative project with the ceramics department and the class is designing items that enhance the coffee experience We are modeling our objects in Solidworks and then using a FDM 3D Printer to create a positive. Then using that positive model, we are going to create a mold and slip cast the objects in ceramic.
All in all the project is really cool and I love being a teacher, but I wanted to participate and learn slip casting too! So I designed a stacking cream sugar serving set. I am going to slip cast the top and the bottom in ceramic, but I am also going to make a matching bottom piece out of wood, to contrast the materials.
Stay tuned for the process pictures!
Last week I had my first midterm, which was my first test in about 6 years… and I crushed it! I don’t mean to brag (much (or prematurely)), but I have never been very good at school, so it feels preeeety good to be rockin a 4.0…
But my point is that I had a midterm. Meaning that last week was week 5 out of 10. It is crazy that this semester is already half over. Starting tomorrow I have to register for classes for next quarter… um, what? I feel like this one just started! It’s insane how fast this is flying by.