Adam walks us through his collection of analog calculators, culminating in one of his newest favorite objects: a 3D-printed Curta calculator that’s a perfect scaled reproduction of the intricate mechanical computer. This incredible replica was engineered and built by Marcus Wu, who started the project two years ago.
For the towering Lich King armor made for Blizzard’s Comic-Con event, Frank’s team used a chemical spray-on chroming process that silvers resin parts wtihout plating them. Frank demonstrates this transformative process on a prepped casting of the Lich King helmet, explaining along the way how to get the best looking results.
Frank experiments with a new mask-making technique by sculpting a model in virtual reality, printing its negative as a mold, and layering in pigmented silicone to intrinsicly paint it. We’re completely surprised by how it turns out!
While we were recently overseas in England, we visited the studio of effects and fabrication shop FBFX–the talented artisans who build some of our favorite spacesuits and superhero costumes for film. Adam visits their scanning studio, where he chats with FBFX co-founder Grant Pearmain about how actors are scanned for digital costume and prop fittings. Adam meets his own scanned clone, made out of foam!
Frank runs many 3D printers at his shop, and goes through a lot of filament for this big fabrication projects. But when using big filament spools, he needs to properly store and maintain print material to keep print quality consistent. Here are a few ways to do that.
Time for the best part of the build–flocking! It’s Danica’s turn to take the build chair and apply some of that greenery to our nearly-completed model!
Sean takes on the challenge of putting together the bay windows and front porch, and we make our first big mistake in getting the roof attached to the house.