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  1.  (9466.1)
    I'm edging towards completion of a virtual sculpting project, and I'd really like to sell physical statues of the thing. Here's a screencap:

    Remade Grover - WIP

    I don't have any experience with 3D printing services, and I could really use some advice on how to get into this field. Are there any particularly good companies that do printing and shipping?

    I also lack experience with online stores, and really don't know the best way to provide a public front-end for this kind of thing. Anybody got any words of advice (or links to more appropriate forums for my questions)?

  2.  (9466.2)
    ...what in the name of god IS that? I don't know if I want to shit myself or throw up first. might be a good solution for your online store.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2011

    It looks like what might happen if The Virus got onto the set of Sesame Street.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2011
    If that thing is a sex toy, I'm leaving this planet.
  3.  (9466.5)
    that is absolute genius!. It has totally blown my mind.
    There are loads of 3d printing vendours around now, i use them at work all the time, there are many different methods and materials, all have different cost and resolution implications. If I was printing this as a toy prototype id check out what other toy artists are doing, one blog i follow is toybot studios, maybe theres something in there?
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2011
    But Stefan, he has an arm to hug you with, a claw to hold you close, and a tentacle to tickle you with. Why won't you love Mutant-Cyborg-Grover?
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2011
    Well, sure, but the mechanical parts look like they'd be pinchy.

    Bad pinchy.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2011
    You may have a point...
  4.  (9466.9)
    I used Shapeways for a ring a couple of weeks ago. They also have a storefront to sell your designs. They have all kinds of helpful guides on their site to walk you through the process.

    It looks like you could print the robot parts in stainless steel and then print the grover parts in plastic, I think they might have a material that comes in blue too.

    I was thinking of doing the Weaponizer belt buckle but I couldn't find a compatible 3D model of a cassette tape and don't have tapes any more so I couldn't model it from scratch.

    Here's a video of my ring printed in stainless:
  5.  (9466.10)
    ... I bet it's a sex toy.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2011
    You frighten me some days, Root,
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    Snarking aside, that this is wonderfully twisted.

    I suspect it might require fabrication in several parts. Main body, plus tentacles.

    And thank you for not basing it on Elmo.
  6.  (9466.13)
    @Ren -I've just learned that if it's online, and you dont know what it is, it is probably a sex toy. Not how on earth someone would use it or why.
  7.  (9466.14)
    "...what in the name of god IS that? I don't know if I want to shit myself or throw up first."

    "... I bet it's a sex toy. "

    Talk about art provoking a visceral response.
  8.  (9466.15)
    It's all China Mieville's fault, really.

    The first book of his I ever read was Perdido Street Station, which I read in 2007. I was so delightfully traumatized by that book -- and especially his descriptions of the Remade -- that I had to do some drawing to purge myself of a likely oncoming psychosis. Here's a slightly cleaned-up version of the sketch:

    Hand-drawn Grover

    I don't know why I decided that Grover ought to be put through the punishment factory. He's always been my favorite Muppet. I've got a couple of dearly-loved Grover plush toys -- and, FUCK'S SAKE NO, I do NOT have some wierd shit going on with those toys. Shame on you. Anyway, when it was time to put pens to paper, it was Grover that got chosen for the procedure.

    Fast forward a few years... I spent several months last year working on a Cthulhu sculpt. I was nearly done with it when South Park had their Cthulhu episode. South Park's Cthulhu looked better than mine. SOUTH PARK!!! FUCK. So after moping around a bit, I decided to put ol' Squid Lips aside for a while and work on something I'd kinda wanted to do for a few years. So I remade Remade Grover.

    StefanJ and Rootfireember? I have no choice but to hate you now. Because I never ever even conceived of this as a sex toy. And now that the two of you introduced the concept, my brain is now feeding me VERY BAD PICTURES. AND IT'S FEEDING ME THE BLUEPRINTS ON HOW TO MAKE THEM REAL. MY INFECTED BRAIN WANTS THE VIBRATING RABBIT WORM TO LIVE. So, yeah. Thanks for that.

    Oh, and StefanJ? While I have you in my sights... yeah, FUCK Elmo. Ever see the Clarence segments on Wonder Showzen? People in those segments would often yell at the puppet. Not at the guy manipulating it. That's the same reaction I get when I see Elmo doing anything. I know Elmo's not self-aware and ambulatory. But I want that puppet to die.

    Warren, Paul and the quiet one, thanks for the suggestions. Multiple materials aren't really feasible because of the design, so metal + plastic is not going to happen. And although the bits that look like ball-and-socket joints give the appearance of articulation, nothing on the model was designed to be posable.

    Paul: altough Shapeways looks pretty nifty at a glance (thanks, the quiet one), I would be interested to know about some of the services you're familiar with -- particularly in regards to single-material printing (and perhaps coloring?)

    Thanks, all. Oh, and the quiet one? I'm digging the ring, there.
  9.  (9466.16)
    thanks man, I dig your sex toy.

    I can't tell from the picture if its a 2D rendering or a 3D model. If you have a .iges or .step model I could look at articulating some of the joints. How big is it?

    A 3D printed object typically needs some sanding and painting. Sometimes your printer will have a plastic that is close enough to the color you need, or if you really want it to be the same color all the way through, you can order a cu$tom colored plastic.
  10.  (9466.17)
    I totally dig the cyber-monster-Grover-butt-plug concept. But you should probably consult a lawyer before you start selling it online, as Grover is copyrighted by, and probably also a trademark of, Children’s Television Workshop.
  11.  (9466.18)
    -so you /remade/ Grover?

    Perdido Street Station is an awesome book.
    I guess there was an art show based on it a while ago- I vaguely remember some pieces.
    Also: Elmo is evil. You shoulda remade THAT little monster.
  12.  (9466.19)
    Oh, man -- just lost two days to catching up with all the "Around The Net" topics. What's been going on in here JESUS CHRIST IT'S NOT A SEX TOY!!!

    Ohhh... You will all be made to suffer. When I'm done with this one, I shall assemble the Diesel-Powered Taint Shank. And then you fuckers will be sorry. Yes, sir.

    The picture is of a 2D rendering of a 3D model. I appreciate the offer, the quiet one, of rebuilding it for articulation, but I never intended for it to be posable. I'm no engineer, but I can see that there's quite a bit of weight that's being supported by that skinny robot leg. If the joints could bend, the model would topple right over. I'm hoping that the puddle of flesh spilling from the back of the model and pooling at the "floor" is bearing enough weight to keep the knee from snapping right the hell off. What I could really use is an application that could analyze the stress points in a virtual model and generate an image to represent the areas with the most strain.

    Thanks for bringing up the legality issue, James. Somehow, that whole concept of Scary IP Lawyers got right past me. Duh.

    And, yes, Rootfireember. I Remade Grover. You're right about Perdido Street Station -- hell, all the Bas-Lag books are amazing.

    As far as Elmo's concerned... really, if a shark muppet ate him and he never showed up on the show ever again, my days would be just a tiny little bit brighter. Fuck Elmo.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2011
    @Yaboo Chingoa

    What's been going on in here JESUS CHRIST IT'S NOT A SEX TOY!!!

    It is sometimes safer to assume it's a sex toy and drive on.

    I shall assemble the Diesel-Powered Taint Shank

    That'd make a good punk band name, Diesel-Powered Taint Shank.

    I'm no engineer, but I can see that there's quite a bit of weight that's being supported by that skinny robot leg. If the joints could bend, the model would topple right over

    I can definitely see that being an issue. Could you add more tiny legs for a creepy spider-like look?