Friday, 13 October 2017

Metalphysic Sculpture Collaboration

I went to Metalphysic in Tucson today to check up on my sculpture collaboration.  They CNC carved a single piece of Styrofoam from a digital file.  The piece is over 3 feet tall.

Check this blog entry for all the previous work on the sculpture up to this point.

The Styrofoam was coated with Epsilon epoxy, which now needs to be sanded and painted.

Different view of sculpture
in the studio

13 axis mill 
was used to CNC carve the sculpture out of Styrofoam
in one piece!

obj wrl

Digital Sculpting in 3D

A few days later, I tried out the  3D sculpture program -- Oculus Medium -- at Arizona Gamer's Lounge in Mesa (just a few doors down from HeatSync Hackerspace). I drew in 3D too, with Oculus Quill.

I managed to save my bad 3D creation as an OBJ file (4 megs) and open it up in an Online 3D Viewer --

created in Mesa, AZ,

However, I'd rather display my bad sculpture as a hologram:

Hypervsn Hologram (only $600)

UPDATE (Oct 20, 2017):

We created a VR scene with a lot of 3D files, and uploaded it to Sketchfab.

The 3D scene was created in the latest version of Unity.  It also can be viewed in VR from Sketchfab with Oculus goggles using the Nightly browser (in Windows) by Firefox.  Apparently one can view the VR in Sketchfab with Google cardboard.

Gustavo viewing our VR scene
from Sketchfab
in the Nightly browser
with Oculus goggles

Thanks you very much Louie and Gustavo from Fab Lab El Paso, who created our VR scene (1 2 3 4)!

We created a similiar scene in Google Tiltbrush, but it would not export the 3D OBJ files we imported into the scene (we believe they are stored on the local drive, and therefore not exportable).


I've been playing with this 3D digital for a while.

I'd like to everything I can with a 3D digital file:

1) Physical sculpture -- 3D print, CNC milled, laser cut and assembled

2) Online sculpture garden -- like in Open Sim 

3) 3D virtual sculpture garden - in Tiltbrush  (Sansar?) (High Fidelity?)

4) Augmented reality -- placing my sculpture in a real sculpture garden, such as that in front of the Albuquerque Museum, or in front of Meow Wolf

7) Movies -- from YouTube to Hollywood

October 11, 2017

Drawn at 3rd Street Arts in Albuquerque:

Thursday, 12 October 2017

October 10, 2017

Drawn in the Argos Gallery of Santa Fe:


October 3, 2017

Drawn at the Glasbox studio in El Paso:

We had a great turnout for the Contemporary Mexican Prints pop-up exhibition I organized at the El Paso Museum of Art, October 6, 7, 8, for Chalk the Block.