I went to Boston Comicon today while carrying my Duct Tape Serenity on my back. I met Jewel Staite!!Below you can see some more pictures of the backpack I More »
So, For the upcoming Somerville Open Studios, I am attempting to make a few pieces that adequately convey the types of swords that I like to make for people. For this project More »
This piece was a commission. This contains a 1″x.075″ wooden post and two 8 inch long 3/16″ steel dowels for support of the blade. The point is constructed of closed cell foam. More »
This model is made of 100% duct tape. 23 pounds of it in fact. The armature on the inside is duct tape. Took me 110 hours over six months. More »
Good News!! I found the SD card that I misplaced with all of the pictures of my Mk2 lightsaber. This saber was a commission for a friend to give to her little sister for a birthday gift. I milled the majority of the body from aluminum, and used a sink tube for the main battery compartment.
I have nearly finished machining the parts for my newest saber, the Nightsaber of Ultimate Truth! This is a commission for the SCUL gang. The Pommel, blade guard, and hilt adornments are all machined from brass.
This is the brass pommel and the aluminum connector. I machined this entirely by eye, and the main power switch will sit in the bottom of this.
This is the main compartment in the hilt with a cutout for the button panel. I realized that making a panel that all of the switches are attached to is much easier than drilling individual holes for each switch
The battery compartment is made of a section of Chrome sink tube. Simple enough.
The above pictures are the switch and color selector assembly. I dont have any process pictures because I misplaced my memory card while I was assembling it. Once the electronics boards have been completed I will be putting up a post on my new Open Source Saber Project.
I went to Boston Comicon today while carrying my Duct Tape Serenity on my back. I met Jewel Staite!!Below you can see some more pictures of the backpack I made. I was given an old external fram backpack that I modified with some wooden hooks to hook around Serenity’s Wings
Recently I was asked to design props for the Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator. My first task was to design a Sidearm. The parameters were “make it look practical, but also like it is in a scifi”. Here is what I came up with. The top iteration has been printed (pictures to come soon) and it came out a little small, so I have scaled it up for the next print. The lower iteration was decided on for the second print. The shape of the grip is based directly on the Nerf Magnus blaster, mostly because it is extremely comfortable in the hand. The cooling fins in front of the are a tribute to Han Solo’s DL-44.
Below are the rank pins I was also asked to design. The ranks in order from right to left are
Grand Admiral, Fleet Admiral, Admiral, Vice Admiral, Commodore, Captain, Commander, Lt. Commander, Lieutenant, Ensign. I based them on phases of the moon due to the fact that a symbol for Artemis is the moon. Print pictures to come soon.
As a contract job, I was a little worried that this task would be extremely difficult, but in the end, I learned a TON, had a lot of fun, and have a cool model at the end. The client sent me an OBJ file of a spaceship that he wanted to 3D print at around 2 feet long. The model I recieved was HUGE (see dimension line in picture).
I decided to use Sketchup to repair the model because it was geometrical enough to not have to worry about too many organic curves. After scaling the model, the original print simulator was terrible. I downloaded a plugin that let me see the errors, and it was FULL of holes. A Resurfacing plugin did not do the trick I spent the next week or so repairing all of the holes and then I broke up the model into different parts and hollowed it out so that it would fit on the print bed of a Makerbot Replicator 2.
Once we get the big version printed out I will post more pictures.
My friend and I decided to make a prop for PAX. We decided on making Thor’s hammer from a few yoga blocks a friend of mine had donated to me specifically for this purpose. It was a very simple project, involving a little work on the wood lathe, some hot wire foam cutting, a little Wonderflex for the handle and a leather strap.
This gun was commissioned for a Siren cosplay at PAX East. It is the Burning Infinity gun. You can see the gun here:http://borderlands.wikia.com/wiki/Infinity/Variant_Chart?file=Burning_Infinity.jpg Originally I used a small gearmotor, but the shaft was not strong enough and it destroyed the bearing. I had to cut my first version in half and use a large robot gearmotor drive, with an extended shaft and support in order to make the barrels spin reliably. I will upload a video shortly.