Here's the Soujiro cosplayer from the last post, complete with all of his absurdly detailed armor! This picture was taken just after pulling the model out of the electroplating vat, so it still has that super bright "new penny" look...after a few minutes of exposure to air it will start to take on a bit of a patina, giving it a bit more of an antiqued look; this really brings out the detail.
One of the great things about copper is there are so many options for patinas; a light rub with some steel wool followed by sealing wax will preserve the "bright copper" look, while a dip in a patina solution will make it instantly rust to a "Statue of Liberty" green, or a brown "antique bronze" depending on which solution you go with. Yay chemistry!
The past couple months have been a little rough over here at Duplicant HQ, between two different unexpected hardware failures and getting our new (extra fancy!) copper plating setup running, but I'm happy to say that's all behind us and we're getting models out to everyone faster than ever!
And if you've sent us a message and we haven't responded yet, don't worry, I'll be making sure everyone gets an update in the next couple of days, sorry for mayhem.
BUT LOOK! Here's a large, metal plated model of a fantastic Nazuna cosplayer from Fanime, and I'll be posting a picture of the model based on the Soujiro who's with her once it's done plating later on tomorrow!
YOU GUYS. Fanime was absolutely incredible, and all of you who came to the booth made our first con in California an AMAZING experience! After we recover from our 14 hour drive back up to Seattle we'll be sending out confirmation emails to everyone who put in an order with us, and all of you can expect tons of work-in-progress pics, along with plenty of shots from the con itself.
TLDR: Thank you all for being so enthusiastic about Duplicant, YOU are the force that keeps bringing us back to cons!
Hey all! We're getting ready for the spring con season, which means it's update time! First thing's first, I am incredibly excited to say that Duplicant will be at FanimeCon this year (May 22nd-25th in San Jose)! It'll be both our first time there as a 3D scanning/printing setup, and also my first time there as a cosplayer, so I couldn't be more excited!
We've also made some great improvements to our technology, including progress on electroplating our prints in metal. Here's a sneak peek: the fantastic Zeon as Lady Loki, printed in ultra high definition grey resin, and that same plated with in bronze. We hope to have the process streamlined enough to offer it as an add-on at Fanime, so come see us at booth 003!
I'm happy to say we are down to the last handful of particularly tricky prints from ECCC '14, so if you haven't received yours yet, you should have it by the end of November/first week of December!
As for upcoming conventions, we're trying to sort out exactly what our schedule will be. Currently we're on the waiting list for ECCC '15, and we're looking into Sakuracon and a few others a little farther away. Are there any cons in specific that people would like to see us at? Let us know in the comments, thanks!
To everyone out there who has sent me messages here in the last two weeks: sorry for not responding, for some reason Facebook stopped forwarding them to my main account! I'll have a reply out to everyone by the end of the evening.
Again, sorry for being incommunicado! *shakes an annoyed fist at Facebook*
Two exciting things! Thing the first: if you ordered a 3D scan-only (not a print) at ECCC, you should be getting an email with the download link within a week. Progress, hurray!
Thing the second: we are looking into electroplating our prints! This means that if the process goes well, you'll be able to have your order coated in metal. METAL COATED PRINTS. Heck yeah! It'll be a couple weeks before we get our sample back, but our excitement level is over 9000!
Here's our first example of a print in neutral colored resin! It really shows off all of the great detail, and while we're still tweaking the color (ideally we'd like a nice grey, but this tan works very, very well), we will soon be switching over. If you'd prefer the older black resin for an existing order, we will still have some for quite a while.
This particular print is one of our favorite sculpted test files, rather than a scan, and can be found at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:33804.
Today's the day for interesting news, both good and bad. The bad news is that 3d print production, getting the first batch of ECCC orders out, and wrapping up the lingering ones from Akicon, has been slowed down due to our building being broken into and some equipment damaged. Fortunately, nothing major was harmed, and it's only slowed things down a little.
The good side of the interesting news is that we've been testing a more densely pigmented, neutral colored resin. Basically, this means that once we run through our stock of black resin, all of our 3d prints will be smoother, more evenly colored, and show off detail better! I'll be posting a shot of one of our test prints momentarily!
Earlier this month I did an interview with Slashdot which went up yesterday, so if you've been curious what Duplicant HQ (ie my apartment) looks like, take a look!
Wow, ECCC was ridiculous in all the best ways! I'm so glad so many people stopped by the booth. The remaining Akicon orders will be going out soon, and then I can get to work on all of the new ECCC models, I'm so excited!