Jack O’Neill Bust Laser Scan/MakersFactory
There’s a relatively new learning institution here in Santa Cruz called MakersFactory, and it’s a wonderful thing. Want to get access to 3D printers? Or learn how to use SketchUp? Get a patent? Learn about the ins and outs of running a small business? MakersFactory is that spot for all that and more. MakersFactory gives you access to a whole range of rapid prototyping machines, and classes on how to use them. To think that something like this has sprouted up about four blocks from my house is just amazing. Chris Yonge, one of the MakersFactory founders called me up the week before Christmas and wanted to know if we would like to go see the folks at O’Neill about laser scanning a ceramic bust of Jack O’Neill, the founder and inventor of the wetsuit. Heck yeah! We went over there thinking we would just see if they were interested, and ended up driving home with a bust of Jack! James built a frame around the bust, so that we could apply the targets to the frame and keep them off the face:
After cutting the frame out of the scan and doing some post processing, we had this:
Pretty cool huh? So what’s going to be done with this file? Well, it’s the 60th anniversary of O’Neill, and so they’re thinking of having MakersFactory print a bunch of reduced size versions up for fun. Over the weekend, Chris posted some pics on the MakersFactory Facebook page of the first test prints. The first one was done with the powder printer:
And then a second version was printed out on an extrusion printer:
The idea of doing a project like this with the FARO arm just seems laughable, but with the EXAscan it was a very doable job. Fun stuff!