Here's to introduce our new work that is 3D printed in semi-full color, made possible with the help of the latest 3D printing technology by DMM.make.
In this post, we hope to share with you the making process of our Metaball pendant.
All the original creations of Monocircus are produced in a process that begins with idea sketches drawn on paper by Kazu and Shing, which are then 3 dimensionally modelled on computer.
The actual fabrication processes are done in mainly two ways. Designs that are not too complicated or elaborate are fabricated with our own 3D printing machine, while the more complex and intricate designs we come up with are fabricated by highly advanced 3D printing techniques at a 3D printing specialized company.
In this newspost, we hope to share with you more about the little 3D printing machine we own.
The first step is translating our drawn idea into a 3 dimensional model on computer.
Sometimes sketched ideas are translated directly into 3 dimensional model data,
but a lot of times, we realize it is through verbal language used to describe the idea that concretize the idea into a formalized shape.
The next step is to translate the 3D model into a format that can be read by the 3D printer.
With the 3D printer we have, it fabricates the 3D model by layering 0.2 mm thin plastic material,
so the model is horizontally sliced into units of 0.2 mm
and the actual paths or tracks that the nozel of the printer moves is written into the data.
The surface of the model, the inner walls, the solid parts, etc. are all indicated in the data in different colors.
This is how all the sectioned layers of the model are indicated in the data.
Depending on the various sectional layers, the track or tunnel where the necklace or chain is going to be put through the pendant can be seen.
And it can be seen clearly here how the model will be fabricated layer by layer and how the nozel of the printer will move through the model when fabricating it.
Next, with the model data created, the printer proceeds to the actual printing process.
The photograph below shows the stage after the 1st hour of printing.
The base of the pendant is formed and here you can see the track where the curved chain is to be put through the pendant.
After the 2nd hour. Almost half the pendant is completed.
After 3 hours, the printing is complete.
The red track lines that were seen in the model data shown in the earlier images above
shows up in the actual printed pendant as excessive plastic material on the surface of the pendant.
The last part of the production process of Metaball is to carve away the excessive plastic material and ensure the surface of the pendant is smooth and clean. And then once the chain is put through the pendant and attached with the clasp, the Metaball is COMPLETE!
Please allow us to introduce to you our latest original creations developed
from our generative jewelry design project CIRCOSIS.
As mentioned in our previous newsposts features about the project,
we have produced a whole series of uniquely different ring designs from a single design process.
The whole series has 36 unique designs types, which like flowers of the same species,
each has a different characteristic yet look similar in some ways or another,
Which of these could be the ideal ring design for you?
Click on the picture above to see more of the various designs.
The rings of Project CIRCOSIS are made to order.
It takes about 1 month before we deliver your chosen ring in your preferred ring size.
Do place your orders early!
This is the Second Volume of Newspost about Monocircus' latest project for generative jewelry design, CIRCOSIS.
In this volume, we created a youtube video to share with you our design process for this project.
As shown on the right side of the video, through the process of changing the variables in the design flow chart
which has been created by a graphical algorithm editor,
the spherical form of the ring design gradually transforms to become a Circus ring.
Just as plants and animals in nature, and man as well, are uniquely different from one another,
the concept for this project is to achieve a one of its kind item that belongs to a family or species called the CIRCOSIS.
Right now, we have created 36 different varieties of CIRCOSIS ring.
You will be able to see all these 36 varieties in the image in our top page (home) slider.
CIRCOSIS is scheduled to be up for sale sometime next month.
Do look out for it!
By the way, you are most welcome to leave your comments below.
This is Monocircus' latest and work-in-progress 3D printing project for our latest accessory series entitled CIRCOSIS.
The title, CIRCOSIS, is derived from merging the two words, Circus and Genesis.
This project, based on the idea of Evolution, attempts to explore the creation of a ring
through generating a diversity of forms and characteristics.
The above images show a sample of the various designs we have created at this current stage of exploration.
These models are currently being fine-tuned to be eventually produced.
The image below the series of rings shows the Graphical Argorithm Editor called Grasshopper,
where the geometry, such as the height, angles, width, direction, etc. can be adjusted as parameters,
developing multiple yet unique forms.
We will be explaining further regarding this exploration in our next newspost.
As for this newspost, we would like to just introduce the general framework of the Project for now.
Recently we received a commissioned project that involves creating 6 large panels of oil paintings.
So it has been a rather busy few weeks, buzzing with activity in the studio.
It has been a tough but really enjoyable time!
The 6 panels, each over a meter tall, are meant to be in pairs, meaning 3 sets of 2 panels.
Each painting is done in such a way that the motif adjacent in the painting next to it matches and merges.
In this way, all 6 panels are like puzzle pieces that can be mixed and matched and displayed together.
The theme for this batch of paintings is based on imaginary forms in the microcosmic world.
Like little spores or air particles, or little nucleas, cells or organs in the body.
Doodles children make are amazing. so free and full of imagination, so out of the world and yet so realistic.
We are always so amused and inspired by the stuff that our kids do and create. They try to imitate what the adults do but they do it with so much more dynamism and freedom. And the results are always full of magic!
We have been hoping to come up with a series of new items based on inspirations we get from our children.
and we are still in the midst of exploring and experimenting. Hopefully soon, we will be able to present them to you.
Meanwhile, to all our dear children in the world, continue to have fun!
an introduction of Monocircus' precious little Helpers...
top left: our very own ultimaker 3D printing robot who has been helping us create some of our unique accessory series.
the little nozel above the platform produces melted plastic that is layered to form the various shapes
that we input into our computer.
top right: my personal assistant. NOTE BOOK!
this is a sample we created and it has been helping me jot my ideas and sketches like a treasure map!
we will be launching this series of notebook in our online store very soon! do look out for it.
bottom left: our stationery organizer... a biscuit tin can that holds our pens, scissors and rulers
and whatever there is we uses all so often.
but the stuff inside this can always gets stolen or spoiled by the kids...
but it has been a faithful keeper of our lots of stationery.
bottom right: my personal seamstress.
this green dotted sewing machine has been a faithful companion for the last ten over years!
a little dirty and messed up but still a hard worker!
it has been moved quite a lot of times eversince!
from my university art studio in Japan to Singapore then back to Japan again!
Thanks a lot to our little helpers here.
we hope to create more wonderful things with all of you!