Friday, 13 October 2017

Metalphysic Sculpture Collaboration

Continued from this link, showing how the process started.

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.

Painted sculpture -- on November Ed Muren III uploaded pictures of the sculpture he painted on Instagram:

painted the sculpture,
next to Daniel Hornung (r),
who created the digital sculpture in Zbrush,
loosely based on one of my drawings

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!

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.

(but it looks better going directly to the SketchFab site)

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 do 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

Creating in VR

1) Oculus Medium  -- sculpting

2) Oculus Quill  -- 3D drawing

3) Massless -- VR drawing pen, not on the market yet

5) Shapelab

6) Gravity Sketch

7) 3D scanning -- Structure,  Eora 3D, Bevel

VR Junkies -- in Coronado Center in Albuquerque will rent VR equipment

UPDATE:  I added a page proposing some 21st Century enhancements of this sculpture

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