I wanted to share an amazing project by Autodesk colleague Craig Barr recent created using a series of Autodesk 3D products, a 3D printer, and above all his mad creative skills. He brought a wild digital creature to the physical world and thankfully not really to life to feast on the flesh of slow running coworkers.
The workflow is fairly specific, but the 3D Printer is an ABS extruding type and could be one one of many brands out there now. The result is a crazy scary physical creature all without having a color 3D printer.
Craig's explanation of the Process and a video:
"The craze that is 3D Printing has opened up an entirely new world for 3D Artists, Designers, and just about any creative-type. In a recent conversation with a friend, I found myself explaining the amazing, yet odd, feeling that happens when you bring something from the “virtual” to the “physical” world. I’ve been doing a lot of work lately with everything from creature design, to reality-capture data processing, to modeling/sculpting/painting, all things very cool and interesting, but not anywhere near quite as fun as holding your design in your hands. To me, the ability to hold something in your hands that only previously existed on the screen (workstation or otherwise) has really brought the creative process full-circle. As a lot of people have expressed interest in such a workflow, I decided it was time to put together an overview of the creative process from taking a concept through Maya, Mudbox and into MeshMixer for some prep work before bringing the creature “to life” via 3D Printing. I also show some hand-finishing, with some tips on coating the ABS material with an adhesion promoter to allow proper bonding of paint."
The YouTube video of Craig doing his magic:
Photos of the Project:
Here is the 3D creature like a zombie crossed with a lamprey named the "Viscerator" that Craig created using Autodesk Maya and Mudbox.
Craig used Meshmixer to prepare the creature to 3D Print. It looks pretty creepy on the 3D printer.
After the 3D print was completed the creature was then painted.
Thank you for sharing this creative project Craig, I seriously want one of these scary prints to chase away people from my office.