Friday, January 20, 2017

MC Escher's Dragon 1952 2D Image realized as a 3D Artform

I've been enamored by MC Escher's work since my youth. MC Escher is one of those larger than life individuals that everyone can learn from. This DRAGON is a work of his he did in 1952. It has some incredible features that are very interesting and pleasing to the eye.
This image stood out as having potential to be realized into some 3D Art Form. I was able to take this image and create a Workflow that allowed me to carve it in 3D WAX. I'm rather happy with the results as you can see in the image below.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Work·Flow ˈwərkflō/

Noun: the sequence of industrial, administrative, or other processes through which a piece of work passes from initiation to completion.

This incredible Bear Growl image is the basis of this work... The original image was a 2D flat color bitmap.
Fusion 360 I was able to create a Full 3D Model using the 2D Image as reference.
I needed FUR and ZBRUSH Allowed me to add great detail

DeskProto Machining software allowed me to create tool paths for this model with little effort.

I used my Pocket NC to machine the Freeman Gold Jewelers Wax model. Wax is 2" wide x 2" high.

After Firing the PMC 960 in the Kiln. This is prior to blackening with Liver of Sulfer and prior to final polish. Doesn't look that great at this scale but considering it's only 2" diameter it actually looks fantastic to the naked eye.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016

A little validation checking

Validating the accuracy of the Pocket NC

This is a positional check for X and Y. Are they centered about A and B Centerline? There are 2 checks that can be made. 
1) Rotating B constantly does the center hole run TRUE as it is spun? It's really about how concentric is the platter backside bearing to the front side locator hole?
2) Once that is true rotate the indicator in the spindle 360
This is a positional check for X and Y. Are they centered about A and B Centerline?

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Pixelio Fox Priest Netsuke (根付?)

Netsuke (根付?) [netsu͍ke] are miniature sculptures that were invented in 17th-century Japan to serve a practical function (the two Japanese characters ne+tsuke mean "root" and "to attach"). Traditional Japanese garments—robes called kosode and kimono—had no pockets; however, men who wore them needed a place to store their personal belongings, such as pipes, tobacco, money, seals, or medicines. 
I've been looking forward to this new project...  Scan an exceptional Netsuke and see what we can do! This particular Netsuke was my Dad's. And he was a recognized contemporary Netsuke carver.   Pixelio 3D Scanner off Kickstarter

Thursday, October 27, 2016

ZBRUSH Core an Incredible value at $199

Did you hear Pixelogic ZBRUSH Core is out?
For a mere $199 you get this incredible software with a Wacom Intuos 3D package like WTF? Too bad I missed the tablet deal. I got the $149 ZBRUSH Core package. I'm liking this and it will be part of some specific workflows I'll exploit. I got to figure out how to get that sick tablet!

Monday, October 24, 2016

My ol' pappy use to say...

If at first you don't succeed... keep on sucking till you do succeed
A story about my Dad and the guy that went on to invent LASIK Eye Surgery
If you google KOPF VITROPHAGE PEYMAN  you are going to see an early patent that was made with my fathers business and
Now this was the first patent developed by Dr Gholam A. Peyman in conjunction with my father David Kopf. It was for an instrument called a Vitrophage. Who's purpose was to remove cataracts from the eye. This was an advanced piece of equipment for it's time.  It mechanically was feed in to the side of the eye. it was the size of a horse injection. It was controlled by the doctors hand and chopped up the cataract into small pieces, vacuumed them out and replaced the particle with an equal amount of fluid. Sounds scary right? Like Doctor McCoy on Star Trek said of primitive medical equipment. Dr Gholam A Peyman went on to develop over 145 patents. He was recipient of National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the President of the United States, President Obama in 2013.