Friday, November 22, 2013

Pepakura Final Federico Villa

For my pepakura piece, I decided to continue with my Queen figure exploring how it would look with different digital applications and so I decided to build it using pepakura. I was really happy with the turn out and I learned a lot about assembling pepakura figures. I hope to make all of the pieces from the set and pitching it as an installation piece someday! Heres some pictures of the whole process.

As it got to the end the piece became a bit difficult to put together and despite all of the finger gluing the end result was completely worth it.

Material Exploration Federico Villa

This was a quick material exploration I decided to also carry out to see how one shape can communicate differently depending on the material and the size it is executed in. Ther first one was using Serial Slicing and cardboard and the second was a painted 3-D print.

This shows my vase and proposal for my 3-D print as well. Enjoy!

Final Milling Federico Villa

For my Mill project, after trying a few different ways of finishing it I decided to use this beautiful blue color I had, to allow for the triangular forms to create interesting geometric shadows on themselves once hung. I really liked the composition of the final piece.

Final Serial Slicing Vase Federico Villa

Once I had completed my vase I decided to try a new technique of using graphite powder with super 77 and a fixative to add a strong color and a bit of texture. It was not my first color choice but it was an explorative piece therefore I decided to go for it and try something new. The finish looked very interesting in the end

I really liked how the finished piece plays with its own shadows creating an interesting reflection on the table depending on where the light comes from.


Final 3D Print

I took my FDM 3-D printer and was able to sand it smoothly and then paint it with a silver finish which is how I imagined it to be if it was a public art installation. The piece would be very large in context and allow people to walk through the holes of the structure and be able to look outward creating a new experience.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Edward Holecko: Pepakura

Pepakura is an exciting process! I would love to use it for a full character costume some day.  Its a long process that involves Maya (or any polygonal modeling software), Pepakura, Adobe Illustrator, and Rhino. The cardboard is printed using the laser cutter. Assembling the pieces can be tedious but rewarding in the end. about 1000 polys in a human size sculpt took a while to build. 

Edward Holecko: Laser Slicing

I had a lot of fun with the laser cutting technique.  I created both a cardboard and a ply-wood laser sliced print using a scan of a creature maquette. 

The scanner doing its magic! Its incredible how quickly cardboard can be printed...

 Assembling the sculpture:

I absolutely love the aesthetic of a sliced sculpture...

From certain angles the sculpture appears semi-transparent because of the corrugation.

Wood Version:

I used the grinder and dremel tools to sand down certain areas of the sculpt. 

 After adding wire extensions and accessories, I airbrushed over the wood to tie the piece together.

Edward Holecko: 3D Printing

I decided to use the Giger inspired sculpture that I scanned for 3D printing.  After the model was printed, I made a silicone mold of the original sculpture and the printed sculpture.  I created several hydra-cal casts and tinted a few of them.
original sculpture and 3D print in plastic

 3D print in plastic and sculpt before molding
Monster Mold 125 tin-based silicone mold

Monster Mold 125 tin-based silicone and plaster
casting in Hyrdo-Cal 

A collection of Hydro-Cal casts. 


Pepakura was by far my favorite part of this course. As a fabricating tool I see endless possibilities for the way it can be applied to a number of different types of forms and different types of sculpture. For this assignment I was really inspired by Scott's demo on maya where he taught us about the bridges tool. I used this tool to model something like an architectural form. I constructed it at 3x3 ft size but could easily see it as a larger piece, something people could walk underneath, and be able to explore and appreciate from all angles.

The above photographs show the form I created constructed simply from the cardboard we used for our pepakura pieces. I was really excited to see it come together so well and really enjoyed putting it together. For a finish I chose to decoupage rice paper onto the cardboard to give the piece some extra strength and a nice texture.

I included a photo of me and some of my classmates standing near the piece to show size, and there is a closeup of the texture that was achieved with the rice paper. Although I like this finish, I would like to try another finish maybe by painting the piece a silver color. I definitely see it as a large scale sculpture, and there's something definitively modern about it. I think the silver would give it the appearance of being fabricated out of aluminum and I am curious to see how that would change the feel of the piece and bring it in the direction I would ultimately like to see it go.

3D Printing

For the 3D printing exploration of this class I chose the same form I used for the serial slicing project. I wanted to see the differences that could be achieved from different methods of taking a piece from the computer into the real world.

Here is the form in rhino again, same as the serial slicing model. From there I sent it to the 3D printer.

We placed our 3D printed models in a way that mimicked a proposal for a public works piece. I thought the best way to place mine would be in a park setting, with a path around it and surrounded by a few trees to show scale. The piece is inviting in this setting and I would like to see it at this scale in a way that would encourage people to explore it.

I found this process very rewarding and enjoyed seeing the same piece I serial sliced brought to life in a different way and thought it was amazing how different two pieces can be even though they came from the exact same file.