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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!
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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!
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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
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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!
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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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Athey Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I have a 3d printer which uses spools of plastic filament that is pulled into a heated extruder head that melts it and then draws it onto a flat print platform that slowly lowers to create each additional layer of the object being printed.

You can actually build one from old printer and scanner parts and various parts purchased online - but since building one from parts on your own is generally a rather daunting prospect for most people, you can also buy them assembled from various places. My machine is a Makerbot Replicator ([link]) other popular ones are the various RepRap machines ([link]), the Ultimaker, the Afinia, and the Up!3D.

Prices vary a lot depending on what machine you get, and different machines have different limitations and different quality results.

It's still a very DIY sort of community since it's only early adopters, hobbists, and prototypers who own the things right now.

I actually run a group here on DA for 3d printers - :icon3dprinters:
I posted a journal a bit ago that has a bunch of embedded videos that demo these machines working -
[link]

Anyway - the objects that you print with the machines have to be modeled in 3d in some sort of 3d package. Since lots of people who own these things are just hobbyists, a lot of them use free software like Google Sketchup, or cheap software like Blender.

I actually do 3D art for a living (I work in the video game industry) so I own several professional 3d package licenses, and used Maya and zbrush to model this object.

People who do this thing often share their models on the Thingiverse - [link]
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Luna-Shedevil Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
thanks for your answer ^.^
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blak-dragon Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Very cool. It would be nice to see the process you use to color it (assuming you do).
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TaliaLevid Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Your work is amazing!! And...I kinda want one lol! Can't wait to see the finished product:D
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pinknekophile Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
.... :wow: wow.... just.. wow! Can't wait to see the finished product! :D
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Fugiri-Shi Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Fffff nice one! *high5*
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ShiKageMaru Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
I have loved this show my entire life, what I wouldn't give for a Phoenix Gate. I've had the incantation memorized for well over a decade.
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Athey Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm going a bit out with this one for ~phoenixdragon since she's asked that I paint it as well, and is paying quite a bit more, but I'l be selling made-to-order prints of it on my etsy, sans-paint for $35, plus shipping. It's actually really big - as big as I could make the thing on my print platform, so it eats up a load of plastic.
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spidersonicj Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
How much wud it be to buy one painted & all? Really interested. Its no longer available on ur etsy page....
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Athey Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, it was a real hassle to produce and took ages to print, so I'm not offering them anymore.
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spidersonicj Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Ok. Damn. Thanx for the reply. =\
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ShiKageMaru Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
that's a pretty great deal.
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DTaina Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Ooooh!
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Dadalos Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
most impressive.
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imaginationqueen Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, it looks awesome, I would love to see this when it's finished!
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phoenixdragon Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Oh, you didn't forget about the eye did you? o.o Just incase XD
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phoenixdragon Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
SO SEXY! Cannot wait till it's FINISHED!!!!!
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RayvensEye Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012   General Artist
Wow nice work !
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Yu-chan92 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So amazing!!! :wow:
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