Another shipment of 3-D prototypes arrived from Shapeways yesterday. This time I sent “Funky Shapes Pattern” to the printer:
I designated two sizes to be printed, 3.5″ x 3.5″ and 2″ x 2″. I was thinking the larger might be a nice size for drink coasters. And, I ordered them in several different colors of flexible, polished plastic. If I really wanted to go to the expense, I could have them printed in stainless steel. I’m not going there yet, because this design still needs some tweaking.
2″ x 2″ component, above. In this one, when it was reduced in size, a few of the openings closed up during printing. On the one hand, I could correct this in the original drawing if I decide to print again—or, I could accept the filled shapes as part of a new iteration of the design. Either way would be fine with me.
In the 3.5″ x 3.5″, coaster-sized piece, only a few of the shapes filled in solid. I can live with that. I might be able to open them a little with an X-acto knife and some careful shaving.
Here’s the array of colors I ordered for this design. Fun and bright! I has been an experiment. As Cole Porter wrote in the lyrics to one of my favorite songs:
Make it your motto day and night.
And it will lead you to the light.
The apple on the top of the tree
Is never too high to achieve,
So take an example from Eve,
Though interfering friends may frown.
At each attempt to hold you down.
If this advice you always employ
The future can offer you infinite joy
And you’ll see…
—from “Nymph Errant,” 1933
Though this song refers to experiments in romantic love, aren’t an artist’s experiments in the studio very much the same? Isn’t each new project an romance? It should be!
Now—after my brief diversion to Broadway and the West End—an assessment of the experiment: Coasters really shouldn’t be an “open design,” that would lead to moisture traveling to the tabletop. Duh! However, I could encase them in acrylic, or some other substance, which I may try. I also may, selectively, cut smaller elements from some of these to make other jewelry components. That seems a more likely result to this experiment as the individual coasters cost $9.50 each to produce…
Stay tuned—there is more techno-geek excitement coming our way!