First step, they looked at my design and gave me a quote on the spot. IMPORTANT: I have a background in 3D Design (CAD and 3D Max) so I knew what I wanted and was able to show exactly what I expected to see. This helped the team a lot. They even showed me a new way of doing things, which I embraced right away. I paid the quoted fee, and then went home, but on the way there so much went through my head based on the information they gave me. Needless to say things changed that night before I sent the files over to them.
Working with the information, I decided to create a cover with more elements, which would highlight the 3D printing. Since I didn’t have access to Barry at that time, the 2nd idea of scanning his face was thrown out. So I went to the 3rd idea of using one of my milestone logos. Side note: I could have gone with the 2nd idea because I could have used one of the figurines that McFarlane created and just scan that, but I will leave that for next time, just remember you heard it here first.
Second step, create your design in a vector application (Draw or Illustrator) and indicate the different level of the elements to make up your 3D print. If you don’t know how to do this, contact me and I’ll help you out. If you know 3D, you can create a 3D model and export it as an STL file. I just didn’t have enough time to do it because I had so many other elements of this journey to work on.
Third step, H3DP took my Illustrator file and created a STL file and then sent me over a link to “workbench.grabcad.com” to look at the file and give my notes (Insert screen shot) and approval. We had to make a few changes to the different levels of elements in the face, but besides that everything was spot on for what I wanted and expected from H3DP. This process took a few days to complete.
Fourth step, once all the approvals were done for the cover and base, H3DP processed the file and prepared my creation for 3D printing. They then contacted me with an ETA for my creation to be ready for show time. Note: H3DP worked with me on what type of plastic will be used to get the best effect. We went with a ABS plastic with a low-density sparse interior (honeycomb), which was used to cut down on plastic consumption.
My 3D print has 1059 layers! That's why it's know as an additive manufacturing process.
Fifth and final step, 3D printing – ouch this took a long time. 35 hours 45 minutes hours to print my creation. We captured a few minutes of the printing process, but it didn’t come out so well. When we do the next project with H3DP we will get this right. Next comes the Post-Process-Finishing where H3DP assembles the parts, sands down to a smooth finish and paint.
Then, I got the call I was waiting for from H3DP, my creation was ready to be picked up! The drive there seemed so long and so much was going through my mind, but once I got there and saw the finished product, I knew right then and there I had a winner in my hands. When I was at H3DP, we took a few pictures and the first person I texted it to was my best friend, Liz Bonds, because she was my silent partner on this journey and she gave her approval.
There is nothing harder than sitting on something that you are so proud of and want to tell the whole world about. I had to sit on this for one month but it didn’t stop me from teasing my followers with pictures on my Instagram: