We had the great fortune of being situated right next to DeviantArt at Comic-Con for the past several days, so an extra wave of great artists found their way over to our booth. It turns out there is a great collection of 3D art in that community.
And check this out, at least one person is actively using a MakerBot for some original toy design.
The artist, ~bohnded, writes that this is his own re-imagined series of figures, based on G.I. Joe Sigma 6 bodies, using Marvel’s Micronauts as inspiration. These figures are 8″ tall, more than twice the size of the 3.75″ figures of the earlier toy series.
~Bohnded has used the web-based design system Tinkercad to design the add-ons like armor elements, and then made them on his MakerBot Thing-O-Matic. Nice work!
As a special treat for CES this year, MakerBot posed a set of provocative questions:
Remember the playsets, dollhouses, action figures, army figurines, and plastic ponies you played with so passionately in your youth? Dreaming up secret worlds — or creating narratives with friends, neighbors, classmates, and siblings?
Well, what if you could produce these tools of imagination with the push of a button? And what if you could roll up your sleeves and invent your own characters, furnishings, and buildings — and share them not only with your children, nieces, nephews, neighbors, or friends, but also, and instantly, with the rest of the world?
Handcrafted dollhouses are nothing new to the serious Maker, but MakerBot is taking steps to make this practice easier and more widely adopted than ever before. For the rest of January, MakerBot and a squadron of Makers will be introducing the MakerBot Playsets to the Thingiverse: 1:18 scale dollhouses as full of imagination and mischief as craft, modeling techniques, and cleverness.
Bing-shen year of Formosan macaques
In Chinese Zodiac, the year of the Monkey is in Feb. 8, 2016-Jan. 27, 2017. I designed Bing-shen year of Formosan macaques to celebrate the coming of a new year, and I hope to use this opportunity to draw attention for Formosan macaques in Taiwan.