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Phoenix Gate WIP by Athey Phoenix Gate WIP by Athey
This is an object I'm making for ~phoenixdragon - it's a Phoenix Gate from the Disney Gargoyles show.

I usually go to extravagant lengths to avoid using raft support, but couldn't avoid it in this case, so I figured I'd show the process I went through in cleaning it up.

I've got to say - without the dremel tool, it would have been a monumental task to tackle - lol.

3d printed with my Makerbot Replicator.
Model was made with Maya and Zbrush. Sliced with Skeinforge and ReplicatorG.

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I've put it on my etsy page for anyone else who wants one. I'm on the fence over whether or not I'll over up painted versions as well.

Non-painted versions here: [link]
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D-Blue02 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's cool!
avator Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
That's some amazing work :) Specially when I think you actually did it out of a Maya model!
Athey Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Heh - well, I'd say that zbrush was used considerably more than Maya was, in the making of this. It was just a lot simpler, because I could just make a black and white alpha of the shape from photo ref, mask that onto the geo in zbrush, and use a few deformers and then some sculpting for cleaning and refinement. It would have taken a lot longer to model if I'd been stuck with just Maya.
KytheraOA Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
NICE! The modeling is super clean and well done; what reference shots were you given? It's hard to find good ones. Chalk me up as another person who would like one of these! Do you have a link to your Etsy store so I can keep an eye out for when they go on sale?
Athey Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Okay, I've actually just put it up on my etsy page - [link]
But I've also just run out of plastic for my machine- lol. Ordered more two days ago and it's supposed to arrive by the end of the week, but just know if you do order one, I have to wait for the plastic to get here before I can print anymore.
Nef-JessB Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
do you build the rafts your self or is it something the printer handles?
Athey Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's done by the slicing engine that I use to generate the gcode that the machine reads. I use a program called ReplicatorG to generate the gcode and I can plug-in any of the various slicing engines for it to use. The slicer I use is called Skeinforge. I haven't actually bothered trying any of the others since most everything I see from people say that skienforge is the best.

The problem with the generated raft is that it's often overkill. My own experience tells me that you can get away with a lot without using raft support, but the slicer puts in a ton of raft support anyway. It's overly-cautious, I guess, and because of that, it uses a huge amount of material that's just going to get thrown away. So it's a big waste of plastic sometimes. I've done a few models where I put in my own support structures into the model itself and printed without any rafting. But making your own support structures is sometimes a pain.
Nef-JessB Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ahh awesome, id imagine it driving me crazy to put in all the support myself even if its overkill id take that option :D
kozispoon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student General Artist
We JUST got a 3D printer at work, so the details you've provided in your artists comments have me super wondering if I could pull this off too- the results look fabulous!
Luna-Shedevil Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
ok can you explain how you made this and stuff like that because this is awsome.
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