**** THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN FULLY FUNDED***** So, now there are stretch goals in place. Scroll down to see the existing rewards and the stretch goals that you can now get.
3D printing is HOT! And I'm using to it to mix digital sculpting and classic molding techniques to make fine art.. sculptures that inspire!
Thank you for being here! My name is Ori Bengal... I'm the creative nomad type... I've been there, and done that... quite literally... I couch surfed for 6 years, and I've designed websites, ran a print shop, built computers, was a pro photographer, worked at a movie theatre, sold clothes, did 3D animation, video editing, the list really goes on and on...
All this time, I was searching for something, and I finally found it at age 35... It's being an artist.. I'm addicted.
I've been painting, drawing, sculpting every single day since I decided that I'm an artist... I launched this Kickstarter on the last day of my 2nd year.... and now it's time to take things to the next level.
I'm introducing my new sculpture, Sisyphus, and I'm looking to Kickstarter to make it seen and collected by people all over the globe.
I don't have an agent, I don't have a gallery... and they just play the part of middleman, and take a bunch of money. I just live to create, and people seem to love the work... so... let's get it to people without those middleman fees.
This particular sculpture will only be made available in multiple medium to those that pledge over the next 30 days. I have no problem slaving away over my art, so... bring it on... I'll create as many of them as you require.
After that, it will only be sold in bronze... which... takes a ton of work to create, so sells for a ton of money.
Where does the money go?
$6,500 goes for the Makerbot Z-18
$750 is for a cabinet that holds more filament- as I will be creating large sculptures.
$750 is for a year of warranty and support-- this thing has a lot of moving parts, and I will be putting it to daily use.
Filament costs $225 per (large) roll.
Silicone & Polyurethane to make molds is costly... and often doesn't work out right the first time.
Entrepreneurs seem to gravitate towards this sculpture because they recognize that to achieve our goals, we have to constantly push... despite that there's a chance that our efforts may not succeed... We have to push to reach our dreams.... and we will someday get there.
I've been painting and sculpting using all medium.... welding, grinding, wood-working, resins, cement, acrylic, and more... but I'm very fond of the efficiency that the digital medium provides.
Sisyphus will be my first sculpture that's designed digitally, and then 3D printed, and then cast in other material.
It's not as easy as it sounds though. In 3D printing, you need to create support structures, so that items that are floating, or overhanging don't collapse.
Those structures then need to be cut off, and sanded. So what I will be doing is filing them off... making a mold of the finished product, then casting it in Wax.
Once I have the wax positive, I will be using various sculpting tools to make sure that all the details are perfect. At that point, a new mold will get made, and from that one, the Hydrostone (SUPER-strong concrete that's light, and captures ultra-fine detail) is cast.
Now when I say cast, if you're not familiar with the term, I mean that a liquid is poured into a mold... and a finished solid emerges. Think of making those juice popsicles as a kid. You put juice into a cup, put a stick in it- put it in the freezer... and out comes a cup-shaped popsicle. But now, of course..we're talking about much harder to manage liquids than jiuce... we're talking about industrial cements, and precision resins.
As far as how the bronze versions will be made... Check out this video on the Lost Wax process:
It's A LOT of work, and is highly dangerous.
If you're not familiar with what 3D printing is... it's a technology that's been around for a few decades, but is now becoming more prevalent affordable, and precise...
You have a Build Platform which moves up and down... and you have an extrusion nozzle, which melts plastic, and pulls it through, while a motorized carriage moves the nozzle around, depositing tiny pieces of plastic in the exact spot it should go.
Kind of like how your printer at home can print a photo... these can print a physical item.. usually out of PLA or SLA plastics. Here is a timelapse so you can see one in action:
Whether you're donating $1, or $25,000 your money is hard earned, and you shouldn't give it to someone you don't trust. So... I asked a few people to tell you about me and my art:
THIS IS EXCITING!
If the project reaches $40,000 - Everyone that donated over $50 or more gets a project t-shirt.
This will allow me to get more power tools, and a Wacom Cintiq - a better painting and digital sculpting tool, so I can create higher-quality art.
If the project reaches $75,000 - All the 3.5" Sisyphus sculptures are going to grow in size.... They are growing by an inch -- 4.5"
The extra money will be invested in getting a more powerful computer.... You see, right now, I"m creating my art with a laptop which I am bringing to its knees. A faster processor, more RAM, and especially, a super-powerful video card will permit me to put much more detail into my sculptures... adding more realism.
If the project reaches $100,000 - I am getting an industrial high-end 3d scanner ($42,000).. This will allow me to turn people into 3D! Like... Hollywood quality, not like those cheeseball bobble-head dolls... So... The People who donate $10,000 will have me stop by their house, 3D scan them, and actually make a sculpture of them.
If the project reaches $140,000 I will create a pewter miniature that I will send everyone who has donated $50 or more. Gaming miniature, 25mm"
Message me if you want to send a check, money transfer, bitcoin, or an envelope full of cash :)
Risks and challenges
I've already designed the sculpture....
It's just a matter of how long it takes Makerbot to ship the Z-18 3D printer (it is fairly new, and in demand).
Other than that... it's just a matter of me figuring out the mold and casting process for such a detailed sculpture. I've made molds before, I'm a fast learner, and I don't give up.
So... other than potential delays - there are no risks. As far as delays... I'm creating everything myself.. so, if this project becomes the next top-funded Kickstarter campaign, then yeah.. I'll have my work cut out for me, but I promise I'll be in touch on a regular basis - I won't leave you hanging.
- (40 days)