A step-by-step analysis of the process behind a 3D-printed triumphal column, honoring my matriculation and detailing various themes & ideas from my design coursework.
What is the minimum size the printer can resolve?
How many segments & how tall?
How will the segments nest?
Do a bunch of geometry (that you thought you’d never have to do again in your life).
Calculate total object volume & multiply by 5 to determine production cost.
Reconfigure the project when that number comes out way too high.
Make 4 artboards at the dimensions of 9.425″ x1″.
Save as an Illustrator 8 file.
Merge the vectors into Cinema4D.
Make them an editable solid.
Extrude the solid by .125 inches.
Cylindrically warp the extrusion.
Align with the “backing” & “nesting” rings.
Export as an .STL (stereo lithography) file.
Import .STL file into ZPrint software.
Distribute the pieces on the printing bed.
Make sure the printing bed is clean and powder is even.
Start the print.
Wait 4 hours.
Gently remove pieces from powder.
Clean unbonded powder out of details using compressed air.
Be careful, as the pieces are at their weakest here.
Submerge in melted paraffin.
Infiltrate for 20 seconds.
Remove from paraffin and heat for 20 minutes.
Allow to cool.
With an x-acto, carefully remove mis-printed elements and excess paraffin.
Start with 220 grit paper.
Sand until your arms hurt.
Progress to 800 grit paper.
Listen to music or something, you’re gonna be here a while.
Construct a painting rig that suspends the parts.
Spray several very light coats (7-8), applying every half-hour.
Let dry for 1 day.