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Making the Medal (Insect Image Contest)

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Three talented winners of the Insect Image Contest will be awarded a medal for their achievement.

 

That means there needs to be a medal!

Currently the plan is to 3D print the prototype, create a mold and cast it in actual metal of some sort.


First draft of a design for the Award Medal. Additional suggestions welcome, of course

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That's quite an ambitious award! I like the design, needs say 'Hash' or 'A:M' somewhere's... what is the translation for us who are not up on our latin?

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That's quite an ambitious award! I like the design, needs say 'Hash' or 'A:M' somewhere's

 

That will definitely get in there. I'm thinking something like ANIMATION:MASTER INSECT IMAGE CONTEST would circle around the edge.

 

 

... what is the translation for us who are not up on our latin?

 

 

e panni, elegantia... from patches, elegance

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ANIMATION:MASTER INSECT IMAGE CONTEST

 

 

If you drop the 'insect' in there the same mold can be used for future contests.

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If you drop the 'insect' in there the same mold can be used for future contests.

 

 

But then there is still the giant ant in the monitor... :D

 

 

None-the-less, I haven't decided yet whether this should be a universal design or something specific and unique.

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But then there is still the giant ant in the monitor... :D

 

I suppose that could be a 'tip-o-the-hat' to the first contest that gave out a medal? ;)

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What a great idea... to actually give out a medal of honor! I can't wait to get mine(He says as he thrusts-out his chest, boastingly!)

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But then there is still the giant ant in the monitor... :D

 

I suppose that could be a 'tip-o-the-hat' to the first contest that gave out a medal? ;)

 

 

 

Or... every future contest could be an "Insect" contest. Problem solved!

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Mock-up of some elements to test the placement. This is only a test...

 

Mockup 01 image and text copy.jpg

 

 

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Arrangement to allow for a hole at the top to put a ribbon through...

 

Mockup 02 image and text copy.jpg

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First experiment with creating low-relief, forced perspective sculpture...

 

medal01.JPG

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There isn't much room to move things in front of other things to suggest depth in a low-relief sculpture.

 

Everything is really on the same level which creates unattractive intersections in overlapping shapes.

 

To try to make the monitor frame appear to be behind the oval (the ant head) I make some cuts in it and slope it down to the background level before it contacts the oval.

 

TwoHeads.JPG

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Has a bouncing ball (through a window) look to it at present.

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Here is an example of the work Ken Citron (pixelplucker) has done with casting medals from 3D-printed models.

 

On left is the fresh pewter, on the right is an antiqued version.

 

PixelPluckerSample.jpg

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Here is an experiment by Ken on bronzing a scrap of pewter...

 

bronzed.jpg

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To better understand the capabilities of the 3D printer I made this sample model that has small variations on shapes and sizes and slopes and angles...

 

FrontReverseAO_50_000.jpg

 

 

... and I sent that to Ken. Ken's printer uses a liquid resin that is cured in place by laser beams. Ken printed it out using the finest detail possible. It took nine hours to "render" but the result is quite promising.

 

The spotting and ripples that appear are on the back, not on the modeled surface side, and get sanded off before the two halves are joined together.

 

KenFacePhoto.jpg

 

KenReversePhoto.jpg

 

 

 

 

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Ken reports some new success in bronzing pewter, which has turned out to be trickier than anticipated...

 

copperbronze.jpg

 

 

 

 

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The reverse of the medal will have a spot to personalize the winner's name and place.

 

Thumbnails of possible designs...

 

Any preferences?

 

FourReverses.jpg

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It looks like a 3D scroll...

 

reversescrolltestWire0.jpg

 

 

 

But it's really just a low-relief sculpture!

 

reversescrolltest0.jpg

 

 

 

This is the "reverse" of the award medal, where the winner's name will be laser-zapped.

 

 

 

It took me a long time to wrap my mind around how to make that 2D design work in splines but now it think I've got it.

 

Still need to find a better font for the text.

 

 

 

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It's real close now...

 

NewTextTestE000.jpg

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WAY COOL! Forgive my roman ignorance--- what is MMXV, the year?

 

 

Yes, Roman numerals. We could Arabic numerals if the Roman numerals were too pretentious. You're the one who has to wear it, of course. :)

 

NewTextTestG000.jpg

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Here's an interesting puzzle... notice how "FORUM" is shaped differently in the last two pictures, even though I haven't changed anything about that piece of text. :unsure:

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