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!

2 Responses to “Jack O’Neill Bust Laser Scan/MakersFactory”
  1. Nice work, James. Beautiful scan!

    You can also make a target box with removable sides for these types of parts; however, your custom fixture is smaller and would make it easier to scan in all directlions to get those hard to reach areas.

    With a target box you put the part in the box that is fully targeted then remove a side and scan what you can. Put the side back in and remove the next one and work your way around the box.

  2. Thanks Jarrod. The ‘cage’ was an improvised fixture I put together after wondering how I could rotate the bust while scanning without affecting the target acquisition process or applying too many targets on the bust itself. It had to be stiff enough to keep the targets immobile, but held off the bust far enough so the cage structure didn’t blank the bust surface. It worked out extremely well – the EXAscan was able to track very efficiently and we got the job done in a few hours.

    I’m hoping we’ll get more opportunities to explore this method further!

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