I am working on an undertaking of great interest (to me) but no one to see it until it is finished.
Meanwhile, this happened:
All credit to Allen Lefever for electrons and photography! Click through for luscious sparks.
March 6 in Santa Cruz I'll be on this panel about local innovation: Innovation in Paradise: The Beautiful, the Effective, and the Frustrating.
In April I'm to speak at the e.g. Conference at Monterey. Seems TEDlike but less tech more play. Sorry I can't cut you in on it or anything, this is just FYI.
I rebooted this, in two parts held together by magnets.
It's now 20% cheaper, and a googolplex better.
I have this design in metal now:
I'm stoked. I wasn't sure from the screen, but now that I see it in person, this is one of the good ones.
And the halfway point has its own charm:
In an old-school tetrahedral sort of a way.
A pair of related designs. Hope to see some metal soon!
When to order to be reasonably sure your package will make it on time:
Our last shipping day before Christmas is Friday the 21st (final cutoff at noon Eastern time!), and we'll be back in the office Thursday the 27th.
I can't make ironclad guarantees, especially for international and UPS Ground shipments, but there's my best guess.
A thing, ready now on Shapeways and coming soon to this site.
This is the work in progress:
I'm sorry to be a Faceboox weenie, but I am one: more frequent updates are here.
I'm still resisting Twitter.
A new biomorphic design. There is a dodecahedral structure underlying this, but it's not very easy to visualize what's going on in there. This makes me nervous so I rendered it cut in half to get a better look.
The opening is tomorrow evening. If you go, you'll see a large 3D print. I can't be there, but if you're in Vancouver could you take a picture for me?
I pushed a new design. We had a snafu at the metal printers and it took a few months to get this straightened out, but now I'm happy.
I'm such a dope – I just realized there should be Klein bottles with things written on them.
Meanwhile the Rygo has made it to Vancouver: 1300 kg of air freight. It will be installed at the VanDusen Botanical Garden, the opening is July 26 at 6:30 PM. Please note also that it has a blinky light in the center now.
This was printed by D-Shape. Click through to see it full-size – worth it!
Last January we attempted to crowdfund the production of this, and although the crowdfund failed, genius promoter JF Brandon made it happen anyway. The piece is destined for Vancouver, and with a little luck will debut at Vancouver Maker Faire on June 23.
There are Klein Bottle pendants.
They're printed in high-resolution stainless steel – not the usual composite of steel and bronze – at fcubic in Sweden. Why yes, I am stoked that these worked out !
My oil lamp worked!
Just a few quick updates. I added Priority Mail as a shipping option. I finally documented that widget I made last year and put it on Shapeways (as well as a smaller version, it's about $40 total). I also added it to The Pirate Bay's new Physibles category. I think they may be jumping the gun a little in thinking this will have much effect in subverting traditional manufacturing any time soon, but who knows what the future holds? It feels right to be there.
I did another silly project, this one for ceramic printing. This one hasn't been built yet either, and...well, I suppose it probably won't work. This is what it would look like:
Almost forgot: I have a new mini sculpture.
The full-sized one has to wait a few more weeks, I have a print but when I saw it I felt the file needed a tweak. I made it a little too simple.
Sometimes in winter I do a silly project. This year's hasn't been built yet, it remains to be seen whether it will work. If it does, it might look like this:
When to order to be reasonably sure your package will make it on time?
Our last shipping day is Thursday the 22nd, and we'll be back in the office Monday the 26th.
* Express Mail International shipments aren't time-definite, and they depend on where you are. This is only my best guess.
The Mini Beebo baby toy finally made it to store shelves. Since this is its first Christmas many retailers are out of stock, but Toys R Us says they have some.
...and it is on.
Clouds are gathering. This year's clearance sale will start soon. Could be as early as Thursday night.
I forgot to mention that I made a hypercube pendant. OMG!
I also put up this design, which is now celebrating its 20th birthday.
That piece I designed in April printed like this:
I think it's not quite finished...but it's close.
The first biomorphic mini is up.
Hedgehog or cheese-grater? Now you can have both.
This isn't a real update – I'm working on something that I can't talk about until it's finished – but just to say that I've collected up the pendants onto their own page, and I put up some photos from a commission that I did a few years back.
I just sent a new piece to be printed:
I spoke at the closing session of the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Then I played some Bach and spun LED poi. They were a lovely audience!
I put a couple of metal-printed pendants on Shapeways.
I don't usually announce Shapeways updates here, but my own samples of these just showed up today, and they're so nice I'm thinking I should carry them on this site too. Anyway, they're available now in gold plate, antique bronze (not plated) and steel finish. This photo shows the matte finish, I haven't tried the glossy.
Sorry about the price bump on the new minimal-surface pendants. My suppliers adjusted without warning and I have to follow – such is life on the cutting edge.
A new piece. I'm not sure I want to talk about it.
Two new pendants are up. Pretty much the most adorable thing I have ever experienced: math, yet kawaii.
The snap-fit construction that I designed last month has been verified. It works!
I tweaked it up and rendered it out.
I'll release the design after the SME Rapid conference, which is in late May.
Two new pieces are here. I've gotten into a more biomorphic vein lately, though still symmetrical.
Cabinet knobs and drawer pulls are out.
In other news, the New York Times ran a nice survey article on 3D printing as it's becoming available to grass-roots users. They used an uncredited photo of my Möbius Net piece, and linked to my Shapeways shop under the rubric "odd art pieces". Well, publicity is publicity.
Also in other news, I designed a snap-fit puzzle for this year's SME Rapid trade show. It remains to be seen whether it will assemble, still less work.
Please order by these dates to be sure there's time for your package to arrive:
for an unexpectedly good holiday season. It's the best present I could ask for, and it looks as though
the Klein Bottles are just holding out.
In other news, you may have wondered what happened to this toy which I posted about last year:
It was briefly available in stores, but was recalled in mid-2010 due to issues that came up in manufacturing. It's now been retooled and will be released again next spring as the "Beebo" by Rhino Toys.
Don't tell anyone, but there might even be a sequel.
I recommend ordering by these dates to make sure there's time for your package to arrive:
No Blue Light Specials
I know some of you are waiting and I apologize in advance (hi Peter!), but there won't be a factory-seconds sale here this year. The seconds were boring in 2010, mostly slightly bent hypercubes, and I have many other excitingly urgent projects, and I'm just not finding the time to type them in.
Because of unexpected publicity, I'm low on Klein Bottle Openers and Borromean Rings Pendants. I'm doing all I can to get more, and we're filling orders as they come in, and I'll let you know when these are out for the season as soon as I know myself. I'm sorry for the uncertainty – we're out on the edge of 21st-century manufacturing technology with these pieces, and this is what it's like here.
I made a frivolous render of this piece, as it would appear carved in solid ruby:
Rendering is a trap with this type of work: it's always easier to render than to make, and with decent software the results are very nearly as convincing. It would be such fun to do more of this, but making things has to come first.
And it's up on Shapeways.
Stay on target...
I'm working on a new piece.
"Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated."
For those of you wondering: I'm here, bathsheba.com is a live site, and yes, I'm making and shipping sculpture.
My life has taken a subterranean turn for the last while – I needed to recharge. Rest assured, I'll get back to updating the site when I'm able.
Thanks so much for your patience!
OMG pressed for time. Here's a quick shot of the colored glazes that Ex One is getting with 3D-printed glass parts:
I picked up these incredible samples at Pittsburgh on the way to SME Rapid last week. The colors are low-fire leaded enamels, integrally fused with the printed glass material. They are applied as a postprocess, in a second firing, rather than as part of the printing process. So this is not as fun as voxelwise color printability would be. Will be. But it is extremely fun! Very pretty parts, and the potential for this material is all over the place. Two or three projects still stand between me and getting design time to work on it. Dang!
Bump: I'm speaking at the SME Rapid Arts & Entertainment session on Wednesday the 19th.
I'm so excited about the Borromean pendant, I'm designing things that are tiny!
This is a 1"-tall pendant to be printed in steel: you pick the two letters and there's a choice of font.
Numbers work too, I made a Zero/One pendant because it is necessary.
I'm uploading these to Shapeways because it makes them available to you before I've actually been able to get any myself. Isn't that a little risky, you may ask? Yes, it is. Passion brooks no delay! And as you all know my empire is built on customer service: if anything goes wrong, I'll make it right. It's worth it to me to have it out there.
Klein Bottle Openers are in!
I'll be speaking at the SME Rapid conference, at Anaheim on May 19. It's a (the?) big trade show for the RP industry, and they're having an "Arts & Entertainment" session this year, and it should be darned interesting. It's not especially cheap to get into, but if you're located in the LA area and are in any way connected to the business of art, I can probably get you a comp for that session – write if applicable.
The webinar went OK, you can watch it here. I talked some about my history as an artist, how I moved from traditional sculpture tech into CAD/CAM; then I showed part of the modeling process for three of my things, using Rhinoceros and T-Splines in different ways. Then we did some Q & A, the whole thing ran about an hour.
I'm doing a webcast, or it's a webinar if you speak up and ask questions, about how I work, with live demos on my design machine. It's next Tuesday, March 30, here. T-Splines, who make a plug-in for Rhinoceros which I use, talked me into doing it. It's free but you have to sign up in advance, reserve your bandwidth today! Hopefully I won't slip on any banana peels.
Just in: delightfully clickety 3D-printed steel pendants in a bright bronzy finish. I may have to start wearing jewelry after all.
Glass printing is coming online. No, wait – Glass printing is coming online! This is the coolest thing since metal printing, which was the coolest thing since lost-wax casting. You heard it here first: right now is the most incredible time ever to be a sculptor.
This test part has been glazed with a clear vitreous low-fired enamel. It's about 3½" long, made of soda-lime glass powder: recycled bottles to be exact. The one I posted a couple of months ago is unglazed, as it came from the sintering kiln. The glaze is vital because it adds strength and seals the surface.
This design is intricate inside, and it looks like the resolution is at least as good as metal, with a minimum wall thickness in the neighborhood of 1mm. There are some design constraints due to the thermal stress as parts are sintered and fired. I gather these are complex; I haven't yet run afoul of them, so I can't say much about how they operate.
Obviously the material isn't transparent – that's not necessarily impossible, but not likely right away – it is translucent, like white marble or human skin. This effect is much stronger with the glaze, you can see the light scatters through this part better than the unglazed one below. But the most important thing about glazing is (breathe it softly) color. This clear glaze shows the native material color, which isn't utterly objectionable, but there's good hope that it will be possible to use pigmented enamels to get a choice. NB: this does not mean we'll immediately have voxelwise RGB addressability, so cool your jets. Right now I'll settle for black, white, clear...plus an enamel spec and firing protocol so we can all try this at home.
Who's doing this thing? Ex One. Can you call them about it yet? Well, they said I could talk about this, so I'll guess yes; though you'll both get more out of it if you're already experienced with 3D printing. They're still working on the glazing and many other aspects of the whole process, but it's not far out, and if you have plausible models ready to go, they might like to hear about it.
A last word in the cool-your-jets department: if you're a glassblower or lampworker, this technology does not make you obsolete. It does things you can't do; you do things it can't do. It won't make your work better – please do not taunt Ex One by calling to ask how soon they can print millefiori – and it doesn't make your work worse. It's different.
Onward and upward!
You asked for it, here it comes: I'll soon be able to ship Klein Bottle Openers in a different finish, at a lower price.
I finally got the lasercut Trilo Lamp ready to sell. Photos this time: