The arms are made up of a LOT of very tiny parts. It was SUCH a pain in the ass to get them to print properly. Teeny tiny parts are not easy! It was very frustrating until I got a good system down. I also had problems with curling, and when you're already working at such a small scale, that makes it that much more difficult.
The machine can totally handle it - it's the mesh that's faceted, which is my bad, really. It was a limitation I settled on because of my frustration with Maya's inability to boolean shit without having an aneurysm.
Because I'm working on this from home on my iMac. Maya, zbrush, replicatorG (program I use for Makerbot stuff) is all on my Maya side. I have windows installed through parallels, but it's insanely frustrating to work with because my files are on a mounted partition that becomes invisible to Mac while Windows is running. So if I have windows up, I can't do ANYTHING on the mac side until I shut down windows completely. So if I were to export something in max and need to access that file in maya or ReplicatorG, I'd have to shut down windows and close Parallels. Then I can open the file and if, lo and behold, something is wrong and I need to go back to max to fix it, I have to reopen parallels, boot up windows (slooooow) load up max, open the file... it's just very tedius. So I'm trying to suffer through using Maya only.
Bend is still Bend. Justin and I are in the process of buying a new house. Sony is still Sony - although we've got no in-house testers anymore. All our QA is done in Foster City now.
A Metroid is interesting, but its not like we can have transparancies, so the outer side would be solid - there wouldn't be any obvious way to indicate the inside stuffs. We did make a Metroid Cookie Cutter, though. [link]
Hehe that's epic. And what happend to the old place? Wasn't enough room? I need to pop on down for the 4th next year, watch you guys burn down the butte again ^ ^ And you could always try and make Samus's helmet. Your right, making something that would need to be transparent is a whoooole other ballgame. And yeah, pity you guys don't have testers there no more, that was, I have to say, a great job. Close knit group, great fun all around.
We're really outgrowing the old place. With us and two kids, it's just getting far too cramped. We've been wanting to find a new place for ages now, and came across the most amazing awesome holyshit house, ever for an amazing steal because they're going to go into foreclosure soon if they don't sell it (it's a shortsale). The house has one of the water canals right up to the backyard, so it's basically got a river behind it. It's got solar panels and sun-heated water tubing, on the roof, and a tankless water heater, and two-setting low-flow toilets, and insulated, heated real-wood flooring, and all sorts of insanity and eco-efficient crap. Oh - and central vacuuming. There's outlets in each of the rooms for connecting the vacuum hose to and you just vacuum up stuff and it all gets sucked down into this container in the garage. And we're getting this house for under 200k! It was built in 2007, right before the big housing crash, and they paid over $400k for the thing. So harsh - I feel bad for them, but I love the house.
Anyway - you can totally come down for the 4th next year. We always end up with a lot of people over, and that was in our tiny house - heh. With the new one, we'll actually have room to host a decent gathering. And its always fun to watch the butte burn. A bit disappointing this year, since it didn't catch fire. Oh well.
Samus's helmet would be an interesting challenge. I've already got one guy wanting to commission me to make him Thor's helmet, and I'm not sure how feasible that is either. It's just the scale of the thing - it has to be printed in multiple pieces and fit together somehow that doesn't look lame.