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Nic Rady has been utilizing CAD with a focus on prototype design and testing for over 15 years. He earned a master’s degree in physics, is a CSWE, and works as an Application Engineer for GoEngineer.
JoeEngineer Goes 3D
August 5th, 2015 by Nic Rady
Recently, I wrote about transforming JoeEngineer from a 2D image into a 3D solid model using SOLIDWORKS with Bringing 2D into the Next Dimension. Although I can create some very nice rendering using PhotoView 360, I wanted something a bit more tangible and set out to print Joe on a variety of our Stratasys 3D printers to create a life-sized head.
Joe’s Hair – Stratasys 250mc
Joe’s hair was not only the hardest to design, but it was also the most time consuming to print and post process. Important pieces to the hair process puzzle included:
Joe’s Head – Stratasys Fortus 450mc
Just as much thought went into material and part orientation for printing Joe’s head. The final orientation for printing was tilted forward 45 degrees to minimize the number of places that support attached to the head and for a clean look all around.
Because of the orientation, the head exceeded the build size of the 250mc so I decided to print on a new Stratasys Fortus 450mc that has a build area of 16x14x16 cubic inches. Opting to use the new ASA material that is UV resistant, Joe doesn’t need to worry about sunscreen and has the nicest aesthetic finish of all nine materials available.
Sclera – Objet 30 Pro
To give a lifelike look and feel to Joe, I went all out and include the Objet 30 Pro powered by PolyJet technology for the sclera. With a high resolution of 16 microns, and using the VeroWhitePlus material, created a part with a glossy look that resembled the whites of a human eye! Joe’s head was coming together.
Pupils – Connex 3
At this point, Joe was almost finished, but he was missing two very critical parts that give him his iconic look: his green eyes and taped glasses. In order to successfully print these, I needed a printer that could print the eyes with the same glossy sheen of the sclera, and print with the GoEngineer-green.
Our Object 260 Connex 3 worked great for this task. This printer allows for a fine resolution and allows you to mix a total of three materials (and colors) together for unique material and color combinations. With the right combination of materials, the pupil and iris printed together and the glasses got the distinct green tape on the bridge.
Happily Coming Together
With all the pieces finally printed, presenting JoeEngineer in 3D!