TaDDDaa! A Class in Digital Processes for Glass Casting at Pilchuck Glass School

Kahl,Fred-Image-10I’m please to announce that I will be teaching a class at the Pilchuck Glass School in June of 2016. The class will cover a lot of the digital to physical techniques that I have been working with over the last few years, particularly this past year with my fellowship at Wheaton Arts Creative GLass Center of America (Stay tuned, I will be publishing my finding soon).

The intensive 3 week class will take place in June of 2016. Pilchuck’s session 2 this year has a theme of Play, and we certainly will be playing with ways of bringing the 21st century to glassmaking’s 19th century traditions.

TADDDAA! 
May 31- June 17
3-D Modeling & Printing, Lost PLA, CNC, Kilncasting, Hot Casting

Digital sculpting and 3-D printing tools allow artists to visualize prototypes, manipulate scale, and replicate with precision. This course will introduce an assortment of tools including Zbrush (an organic sculpting software), 3-D printers, and 3-D scanning methods of photogrammetry and structured light. Students will learn to scan, manipulate, and print objects and ultimately kilncast and hot cast them in glass. This class is for glass artists who wish to explore digital fabrication and 3-D artists who wish to explore glass.
http://pilchuck.com/summer_program/courses/session2.aspx

The class will cover:

  • 3D Modeling with Zbrush
  • 3D Scanning with structured light and photogrammetry
  • 3D Printing
  • Moldmaking
  • Glass kiln casting with lost PLA
  • CNC milling of graphite molds for hot glass casting

It’s going to be an awesome class and I’m looking for two teaching assistants. Applications for TA’s are due February 3. I would like to find one TA who is well versed in 3D modeling and 3D printing (its a + is you own or have built a 3D Printer), and another who is familiar with glass kiln casting. Please help spread the word!

Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio 2015 Year in Review

Before the year ends I wanted to write about some of the events I was able to be a part of this year with the Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio. I had a spectacular year of making 3D portraits for thousands of people at a slew of events that included talks as well as scanning events at the Innovation Loft,  Midwest Reprap Festival, Newark New Jersey, Westport ConneticutBay Area and New York Maker Faires, at Pepsico’s Executive World Summit, and Theatre Bizarre. I also spent the year on an artist fellowship at Wheaton Arts’ Creative Glass Center of America in which I innovated and explored methods of glass casting from digitally designed objects. Stay tuned for more on this- I will be posting the findings from this fellowship in January (I am just wrapping up there now). Finally, I went out to Seattle and set up a bot lab at the Pilchuck Glass School, where I will be teaching a class TaDDDaa!! in June of 2016. The class will cover techniques of glass casting from a digital workflow that includes 3D sculpting, scanning, printing, and CNC carving. If this list isn’t impressive enough for you, I also had two amazing corporate gigs in November that I’ve been meaning to write up- The first being at Google of their internal user experience conference; Google UXU, and the second for Pfizer at their Excelerate innovation conference!

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Google’s UXU is an internal conference for the company’s entire UX ladder to meet up, compare notes on best practices, hone skills and get inspired to create some of the world’s best digital products. I was honored to be invited to come out to the Googleplex and deliver the conference’s opening keynote address, one expanded from my talk at Bay Area Maker Faire about the History of Technology as Entertainment that included my work on recreating Luna Park with 3D printing, and ended with some conjectures about 3D printing and what will happen when hot rod culture gets a hold of self driving cars. Was the talk well received? Here’s what one attendee said:

Right to left: Speaker Corey Pressman who gave a great talk about poetry for robots , Speaker Stella Grizont who talked about the science of happiness, conference organizer Thea Kluge/Carter and myself

Right to left: Speaker Corey Pressman who gave a great talk about poetry for robots , Speaker Stella Grizont who talked about the science of happiness, conference organizer Thea Kluge/Carter and myself

The second day of the conference I ran the Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio at their mixer and created a number of great portraits for people

The second day of the conference I ran the Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio at their mixer and created a number of great portraits (Click to view larger).

November was busy! I had barely returned from the Googleplex when Pfizer’s Excelerate conference began and I spent two days making 3D portraits of some of the movers and shakers of one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. I even made a portrait of the CEO, Ian Read!

Here I am with Pfizer CEO Ian Read!

Here I am with Pfizer CEO Ian Read!

Ian Read's raw scan

Ian Read’s raw scan

The cleaned up scan ready for printing

The cleaned up scan ready for printing

The final print...in Pfizer Blue!

The final print…in Pfizer Blue!

2015 was an amazing year for me. I can’t say I got rich, but as the first year out on my own doing what I love without working for someone else, I think I did pretty well for myself.  Just writing it up now, I realize that Fredini Enterprises has done some great work… and there’s a lot more where that came from! I have a lot of exciting things in the pipes for 2016 – new products, artwork, inventions and more, so stay tuned.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio at Theatre Bizarre 2015!

Its been a whirlwind year and I have completely neglected documenting all the things I’ve been up to, so I’m going to make a push in the next month to write up everything, starting with this year’s pilgrimage to Theatre Bizarre, Detroit’s amazing masquerade ball held in the world’s largest Masonic temple. Last year, I brought the Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio out to capture some of the party’s most outrageous visitors and this year I succeeded in getting some even better portraits. Here’s some favorites!

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And some physical 3D prints:
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3D Scanning at the Brooklyn Museum

I was recently at the Brooklyn Museum for the opening of the exhibit Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008. Its a great exhibit and I encourage everyone to go check it out! While there, I took the time to take pictures of several objects to use to generate 3D models of a few Coney Island Artifacts, as well as some beautiful architectural details.

This process of photogrammetry  or “physical photography” as I have come to call it involves photographing an object many times from all angles, taking care to ensure that each image is in full focus. Once photographed, software analyzes the image to find the same point in multiple images and generates a 3D model of where in space each camera was. From there, a point cloud and 3D mesh can be generated. Its a laborious process but its a very accurate way of generating 3D models of still objects like sculpture.

Here’s the processed scans:

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Spook-A-Rama cyclops head from Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park (Courtesy of the Coney Island History Project)

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Pegasus Statues from the Coney Island pumping station. (read about these here)

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Bacchus Keystone from the Brooklyn Museum Sculpture Garden. This scan came out amazing, with incredible detail to it!

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Another Great Keystone!

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Telamon (Male Caryatid) #1

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Telamon #2

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Architectural Detail from the Brooklyn Museum Sculpture Gardens

Detroit : Theatre Bizarre 2015

Detroit fascinates me. Even more than LA, this city seems to exist to showcase the glory of the car. Multi layered highways twist and wind like a giant Hot Wheels set with exits to both the left and right. There’s an energy and vibrancy to the urban decay that’s inspiring. It’s no wonder Detroit is such a hotbed of art and creativity.

It’s here that fifteen years ago John Dunivant began to realize a vision that began in his paintings; a dark world of a haunted carnival and its twisted god, Zombo the Clown. He named it Theatre Bizarre. This once a year party that I like to describe as the “Mermaid Parade of Halloween” began on an abandoned lot in Detroit but has now grown to over 5,000 attendees and takes place in the World’s largest Masonic temple, an impressive sixteen story neo Gothic structure that has never been completed. The building itself is worth the price of admission, just to see the elaborate throne rooms, chapels, drill rooms, ballrooms and theaters that hide within the labyrinthine passages of its walls. The building is a testament to the Masons mastery of construction, architecture and engineering and has to be seen to be believed.

Every year John and the Theatre Bizarre crew transform 8 floors of the space into an elaborate haunted harvest festival. It’s the world of his art come to life. The opulence and intention to detail in the installation is astounding and the building is the perfect backdrop. I had the occasion to meet and get to know John and some of the crew over the last few years, and this past weekend was my second year bringing the Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio there. Here’s some images from this year.

Detroit Masonic Temple is home to Theatre Bizarre

Every year, 5,000 costumed revelers converge upon Detroit to participate in the spectacle

No bones about it, the decor is lavish!

There are Hundreds of Jack-O-Lanterns everywhere

Tables of taxidermied animals, Jack-o-lanterns, candles, flowers and mountains of candy abound

The Masonic Hall’s barber shop

there are scores of entertainers throughout the space

ornate details on the elevator grills

I ran into Gary Baseman who flew in from LA to check it out

Here I am chilling out with Zombo the Clown

Since no one can enter without a costume, the guests are often the most entertaining part of the night

Here’s John Dunivant enjoying thr fruits of his labor with Burlesque starlet Roxi D’lite

Just one of the many thrones within the Masonic temple

A New Orleans brass band lead the crowd through the building

This year was the “Year of the Goat”

Prints of John Dunivant’s paintings adorn the walls

Elaborate dioramas bring John’s paintings to life

Table setttings in the Fountain Ballroom

The Crowd in the Crystal Ballroom

The insignia of Theatre Bizarre’s secret society hangs on the wall, its all seeing eye looking over the festivities

The heart of the building contains this three story chapel. it is said that the cross marks the actual center if the building and that theres a hidden throne room behind the altar. When someone sits in the thone the cross perfectly aligns with a grate on the wall so that the light of the cross falls upon the person in the throne.

Dioramas in the lobby created by Dante bring the world of John’s paintings to life

A darkened theatre for suspension performances

A red light in the labyrinth of the temple’s hallways

Behind the scenes we saw a museum of Masonic imagery

Elaborate ceiling details

Are these the Knights of Templar guarding the staircase?

Backstage, an army of makeup artists prep Zombo and his minions for the night

So there it is.. Theatre Bizarre n a nutshell. You missed it this year but next year it will run two weekends in October so start making your travel plans now to attend the greatest masquerade on earth!

Jetguy Big Boy CoreXY to be Exhibited at World Maker Faire New York

Jetguy‘s custom built CoreXY open source 3D Printer will be showcased at World Maker Faire New York this weekend at the Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio in the lower level of the New York Hall of Science building. Come out and watch this amazing machine with an amazing 330x325x390mm build area, filament detection to pause prints in case of a feed failure, Dampened Stepper motors for extremely quiet performance, and a number of other custom features. This machine is not to be missed!