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The world's first sculptable 3D printing filament. Print in Cx5 then quickly smooth away build lines and sculpt detail onto your print.
The world's first sculptable 3D printing filament. Print in Cx5 then quickly smooth away build lines and sculpt detail onto your print.
The world's first sculptable 3D printing filament. Print in Cx5 then quickly smooth away build lines and sculpt detail onto your print.
535 backers pledged $84,106 to help bring this project to life.

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Cx5 Sculptable Filament for 3D Printers

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The first thing people should see is your idea, not that you made it on a 3D printer. 

Make big changes to your 3D print instantly and easily. Smooth it, detail it, change it entirely. Create details as small as you can see. An object printed in Cx5 sculptable filament can be taken directly off of the print bed and smoothed and detailed immediately, or even repositioned and completely resculpted. Since Cx5sf is a sculpting material, you can do all your finish work directly on the very first piece you print, with simple, safe sculpting methods. 

 

 

Digital sculpting and 3D printing offer many advantages for sculptors and prototypers. Nearly every creative workflow now incorporates some form of digital modeling or 3D scanning. Combine the ease of iterating in a digital sculpting environment with the ability to hand-sculpt the finest details onto your 3D prints. Cx5sf gives you the best of both worlds.

Cx5 sculptable filament will change the way you use your 3D printer.

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Digital sculpting and 3D printing offer many advantages for sculptors and prototypers. Nearly every creative workflow now incorporates some form of digital modeling or 3D scanning. Combine the ease of iterating in a digital sculpting environment with the ability to hand-sculpt the finest details onto your 3D prints. Cx5sf gives you the best of both worlds.

 

Cx5sf can be sculpted to the highest detail, while traditional materials like PLA can only be smoothed, at best.

Imagine a new workflow in which 3D printing becomes your starting place for creativity, not just your end result. Cx5sf is a perfect fit for anyone who prints, from toy designers and special effects studios to reconstructive surgeons and rapid prototypers. Any application that requires a print to be custom fit, matched exactly to an existing component, or customized in real time for a focus group or investor will appreciate the freedom that comes with filament you can sculpt.

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Cx5 is a family of revolutionary sculpting materials invented and manufactured by Adam Beane Industries. Cx5 sculptable filament is the newest formulation, specially designed to be 3D printed. While it is compatible with our existing Cx5 materials, it is a brand new formulation. All Cx5 materials are sculpting materials, not plastics, and were developed to replace sculpting clays, waxes, and plastics for professional sculptors and prototypers. What makes all Cx5 products unique is that they are heat sensitive, and incredibly versatile at different temperatures. They handle like clay when warm, finish like wax, and can be as hard as plastic when cool. Cx5 is currently used by artists all over the world.

 

 

Cx5 sculptable filament is 1.75mm diameter filament (we have a stretch goal to produce 3mm filament, too!) and it comes spooled. Since it's a sculpting material, not a plastic, it prints at lower temperatures than PLA. You can print in Cx5 on any FFF printer that allows you to adjust the print temperature. It is the most opaque sculpting material on the market, so you can see even the smallest detail in your print. And, because it is a low-melt material, you can use it directly for investment casting, to create finished products in silver and bronze.

Because of Cx5sf’s unique properties as a sculpting material, it is not susceptible to some common issues seen with plastic filaments.

  • It will not warp on the printing bed, because it is printing at a much lower temperature with virtually no shrinkage.
  • It does not need a heated bed or any kind of glue or other adhesion tricks. Cx5sf adheres well to acrylic, glass or metal build plates, as well as to build plates covered in blue tape or Kapton tape.
  • Cx5sf doesn’t absorb water from the atmosphere, meaning you don’t have to worry about filament “going bad” over time, nor do you need to store it in an airtight container.

 

Cx5 is a temperature sensitive material, and just as it prints at low temperatures, it sculpts at low temperatures. It will not deform in the heat of your hand, but add a little heat and Cx5 sculpts just like clay. Use metal tools, either at room temperature or heated, use hot-sanding to instantly smooth out your piece, and use Safe-Smooth solvent to get a high polish and perfect shine. Or use a waxer, we recommend and sell the Kerr Ultra Waxer 2, for completely resculpting your piece and moving large amounts of material with consistent heat. For a different approach that doesn’t need any heat, Cx5sf can be wet-sanded to a very high polish.There are as many ways to work in Cx5 as you can imagine.

 

 

Smooth build lines, add detail, keep sculpting

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While we have been manufacturing Cx5 sculpting materials for many years, the equipment and infrastructure needed to manufacture high quality filament is very different. We are coming to Kickstarter because it’s the most direct way to raise the funds we need to invest in filament production machinery and get Cx5sf into backer's hands in under a year. We have been looking forward to bringing Cx5sf to market for quite some time, but we know what it takes to do product development well, and we need to make sure we raise enough capital up front to produce a high quality, reliable product. 

If you’re into 3D printing you know that high tolerance filament width and proper spooling is critical, especially for a flexible filament. We have development to do, but we have carefully calculated what it will take to produce Cx5sf, fulfill and ship rewards, and make it an adventure we get to share with you along the way.

 

 

Adam Beane is a renowned master sculptor known for his highly realistic portraits and dynamic poses. The portrait sculpture rewards give you the opportunity to have your own portrait (or one of someone you know) sculpted to perfection by Adam Beane. Using a combination of scanning technology and 3D printing we'll create a 3D print of your face in Cx5sf, and then Adam will sculpt the print to a hyperrealistic finish.

 

 

 We've added a filament only tier! We are also now proudly using Backerkit, so you can add onto your pledge after the Kickstarter funds - up to 5 full spools for each backer who has pledged at or above the Experimenter Pack level. We'll also have additional add-ons announced throughout the coming weeks. Check out the full update on the new offerings.

 

We have some exciting stretch goals in mind, and we’re making sure that they’re exactly that; flexible goals that will improve your experience as backers, but won’t overburden the project, should we be lucky enough to reach them.

Some of them would fund extra equipment, so you get your choice of filament sizes, for example, and some of them offer windows into the creative process that otherwise won’t be recorded. We’ve even got lifetime discounts and early delivery targets we can hit.

 

We have been honored to share the first Cx5 sculptable filament with some of the most amazing artists and sculpting masters we know. We've been encouraged by their support and visions of how Cx5sf can be used in their different fields. Learn more about their work and art!

Brian Wade | Master Sculptor and Fon Davis | VFX Studio Owner

Ryan Kingslien | Fine Artist and Matt Winston | VFX Educator 

Frank Ippolito | Fabricator and Rod Maxwell | Digital Sculptor

Rick Baker | Legendary Special Makeup Effects Artist

 

We are the co-owners of Adam Beane Industries. Together we have developed and marketed Cx5 materials for the past five years. Adam is an inventor, sculptor, and artist. Alexis is a designer, writer, and project manager.

Watch our interview with Tested.com at Monsterpalooza 2016

Special thanks to everyone who has supported the creation of this project, especially Fonco Creative, who made so many things possible, as well as Aubriana Zurilgen and Tayler Brown!

Risks and challenges

Extruding precision filament of any kind on a large scale is an ambitious undertaking. Any filament that is not a consistent diameter will jam a printer, and if it is spooled sloppily it can tangle when it is being fed out. In addition, Cx5 sculptable filament is flexible, as well as heat reactive at lower temperatures than plastics.

Having worked with these challenges to create our current spools, we know that creating the best manufacturing conditions for outputting large volumes will have some hurdles we cannot entirely anticipate. We are expanding our current production facility with new equipment and processes, and there are bound to be discoveries during this expansion that require either extra time, or extra money. However, we have the experience of bringing multiple premium sculpting products to market, from formulation to package design, and for this project we have calculated margins of both cost and time to account as best as possible for the unknown.

We are very excited for this undertaking. This product solves such a pervasive and vexing problem so neatly, it seems obvious to us that it hasn’t already been done for one reason only; it’s very challenging. Conceptually, however, it’s relatively easy, so the devil really is in the details. Which suits us fine; we are a team that consistently gets the details right.

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    Wallpapers

    Get a download of wallpapers featuring Adam's hyperrealistic portrait sculptures of iconic celebrities and Cx5sf designs. You'll also get all the Kickstarter updates as the project progresses, and our gratitude!

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    Poster and Postcards

    Get a Sculpt Your Print art poster, designed and created by Adam Beane, and a pack of five postcards with hyperrealistic sculptures and Cx5sf designs, as well as the wallpapers download. Watch the backer updates for the reveal of the poster design, as well as for behind the scenes photos and video of its creation, from concept to sculpting to photography and layout.

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    Experience Pack

    Experience sculpting a 3D print!

    You'll get a kit with a Cx5sf replica of a small 3D printed object, a smoothing and detailing tool, a sampler of Safe-Smooth solvent and a sanding sponge, so you can try many different sculpting and solvent sanding techniques. Work with Cx5sf before it's released as a filament, and hone your skills working in this unique material.

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    Experimenter Pack

    Get 250g of Cx5sf to use in your printer! That's about 1/4 spool, and about 83 meters.

    You'll get your Experience Pack, posters and postcards shipped out in December, and the filament shipped out in May 2017.

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    • Poster - Sculpt Your Print
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    • Experience Pack: Small Cx5sf item, tool, solvent, sponge
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    Maker Pack

    Get 500g of Cx5sf to use in your printer! That's about 1/2 spool, and about 166 meters.

    You'll get your Experience Pack, posters and postcards shipped out in December, and the filament shipped out in May 2017.

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    Designer Pack

    Get 750g of Cx5sf to use in your printer! That's about 3/4 spool, and about 249 meters.

    You'll get your Experience Pack, posters and postcards shipped out in December, and the filament shipped out in May 2017.

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    Filament Only

    New tier!

    Get a full 1kg spool of Cx5sf, that's about 332 meters.

    No other rewards are included in this tier, but you can add additional items or more spools with Backerkit add-ons after the project funds.

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    Enthusiast Pack

    Get a full 1kg spool of Cx5sf, that's about 332 meters.

    You also get an upgrade to the Experience Pack! Instead of a small item you get a large Cx5sf 3D print replica; a scanned human head so you can sculpt your own character.

    You'll also get two different poster designs by Adam Beane, and you'll get to watch the behind the scenes creation of the final artwork, including the concept sketches, sculpting, photography and design.

    You'll get your upgraded Experience Pack, posters and postcards shipped out in December, and the filament shipped out in May 2017.

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    • Poster - Sculpt Your Print
    • Poster - 3D Print the World
    • Postcards - pack of 5
    • Experience Pack upgrade: Cx5sf 1/4scale head, tool solvent sponge
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    Professional Pack

    Fully equip your work area with two full spools of Cx5sf, two upgraded Experience Packs, and both posters. Keep it all for yourself or share with a friend (because you're really nice).

    You'll get your upgraded Experience Packs, posters and postcards shipped out in December, and the filament shipped out in May 2017.

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    • Poster - Sculpt Your Print
    • Poster - 3D Print the World
    • Postcards - pack of 5
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    Sculpt Your Print Workshop

    We're holding a one day intensive workshop on 3D printing in Cx5sf! Join the inventors, Adam and Alexis, on May 6th 2017 to learn everything about this new material, from best practices printing on different machines, to advanced sculpting techniques and even how to machine Cx5sf. We'll answer any questions you have and give you hands on experience with techniques and tools in a fully equipped effects studio.

    This pledge gives you access to the workshop, exclusive to Kickstarter backers, as well as a full spool of Cx5sf, an upgraded Experience Pack, both posters, postcards, and of course the wallpapers.

    You'll get your upgraded Experience Pack, posters and postcards shipped out in December, and the filament shipped out in May 2017. The workshop will be held in Los Angeles on June 24th, 2017.

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    • Poster - Sculpt Your Print
    • Poster - 3D Print the World
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    Studio Pack

    Get five full spools of Cx5sf for your entire studio, along with two sets of both posters, two sets of postcards, and two upgraded Experience Packs.

    This is our largest Kickstarter offering of Cx5sf, so if you want your shop to have the most on hand as soon as it is released, this is your tier!

    You'll get your upgraded Experience Packs, posters and postcards shipped out in December, and the filament shipped out in May 2017.

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    • Poster - Sculpt Your Print
    • Poster - 3D Print the World
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    Portrait Sculpture from Your Head Scan

    Have you always wanted an Adam Beane portrait sculpture of you or someone you love? Not an owner of a 3D printer, but want to support us anyway? Get your head scanned (we'll provide options), send reference photos, and Adam Beane will print out your scan in Cx5sf and sculpt your portrait. You will get a durable, displayable monotone (gray) resin casting of your portrait.

    *Important note, closed mouth expressions only in this tier!

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    Portrait Sculpture & Cx5sf

    Get your portrait sculpted by Adam Beane, and get plenty of Cx5sf! Get your head scanned (we'll provide options), send reference photos, and Adam Beane will print out your scan in Cx5sf and sculpt your portrait. You will get a durable, displayable monotone (gray) resin casting of your portrait. You'll also get a full 1kg spool of Cx5sf, an upgraded Experience Pack, both posters, post cards, and of course wallpapers.

    *Important note, closed mouth expressions only in this tier!

    You'll get your upgraded Experience Pack, posters and postcards shipped out in December, and the portrait shipped in April, and filament and out in May 2017.

    Includes:
    • Wallpapers
    • Poster - Sculpt Your Print
    • Poster - 3D Print the World
    • Postcards - pack of 5
    • Experience Pack upgrade: Cx5sf 1/4scale head, tool solvent sponge
    • 1kg Cx5sf (1 full spool)
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    Portrait Sculpture - Hand Painted

    If you were excited about getting your head scan sculpted into a portrait by Adam Beane, this is the next step up. Scan any expression, even with your mouth wide open (we'll provide scanning options), send reference photos, and Adam Beane will print out your scan in Cx5sf and sculpt your portrait. Provide us with your Pantone skin colors (we have ways) and Adam will hand paint your portrait. You will get a durable, displayable resin casting of your portrait, fully painted.

    You'll get your upgraded Experience Pack, posters and postcards shipped out in December, and the portrait shipped in March, and filament and out in May 2017.

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    • Portrait sculpture, fully painted, from your head scan
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    Portrait Sculpture Hand Painted & Cx5sf

    Get plenty of Cx5sf as well as your portrait sculpted by Adam Beane. Scan any expression, even with your mouth wide open (we'll provide scanning options), send reference photos, and Adam Beane will print out your scan in Cx5sf and sculpt your portrait. Provide us with your Pantone skin colors (we have ways) and Adam will hand paint your portrait. You will get a durable, displayable resin casting of your portrait, fully painted. You'll also get a full 1kg spool of Cx5sf, an upgraded Experience pack, both posters, post cards, and of course wallpapers.

    Includes:
    • Wallpapers
    • Poster - Sculpt Your Print
    • Poster - 3D Print the World
    • Postcards - pack of 5
    • Experience Pack upgrade: Cx5sf 1/4scale head, tool solvent sponge
    • 1kg Cx5sf (1 full spool)
    • Portrait sculpture, fully painted, from your head scan
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    Private Workshop Comes to You

    Experience a two day, personalized workshop with Adam Beane and Alexis Ettner in your home, studio, shop or classroom. We'll come to you, anywhere in the USA, and work with your 3D printer, your tools and equipment, and the projects you're most passionate about. And don't worry, we'll bring anything you don't have, even a 3D printer! Learn advanced sculpting techniques and 3D printing optimizations for Cx5sf that suit your machines and your workflow. Have us all to yourself or bring in your team to learn everything we can teach you about working in this revolutionary material.

    You'll also get two full spools of Cx5sf, two upgraded Experience Packs, two of both posters and two sets of postcards. Double all of the things!

    You'll get your upgraded Experience Packs, posters and postcards shipped out in December, and the filament shipped out in May 2017. You choose the weekend of the workshop, any time after June 2017.

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    • Wallpapers
    • Poster - Sculpt Your Print
    • Postcards - pack of 5
    • Experience Pack upgrade: Cx5sf 1/4scale head, tool solvent sponge
    • 1kg Cx5sf (1 full spool)
    • Private Workshop with Adam Beane
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