Patrick Star Polysmoothed

I put Patrick Star through the Polysmooth machine a few times.  He was in there well over an hour.  I realized about then he wasn’t going to get any better than this because the machine needed to be adjusted for better printing.   You can still see lines and gaps which also probably meant my print materials had become moist from being in the air.

Patrick Star after Polysmoothing

Who knew plastic absorbed moisture?

So I got out my dehydrator and shoved all my rolls in there.   In the meantime, I started working on calibrating my machine.

I tried using the plastic again a few hours later and it still wasn’t printing well, so I left them in the dehydrator overnight.

The next day, things started looking up!

getting the 3d printer reconfigured

A few hours later, I noticed the same gaps and problems started showing up again.  The downstairs room must be a lot moister than I realized.

So, I think it’s time to start making a dry box that holds the plastic spools so they don’t keep rehydrating.

UGH!   Like I needed another project.

3D Printing Patrick Star

People have been asking me to print some 3D objects for them.   I finally relented and dragged out the old 3D printer.  Before I start printing things for them, I’m doing a few for myself!    Starting with Patrick Star from Spongebob.

My old printer doesn’t have all the new features of the printers these days, but it still prints at the same resolutions as the new ones.  Printer resolution hasn’t changed much, apparently.

Patrick has some accessories since the end product is him nailing a sign to his head.  On the left if the sign with the nail.  On the right is the hammer.

When you print multiple objects, it’s pretty normal to get melted plastic strands between the object.   I normally only print one item at a time because of this.

After prying him off the printer I cleaned him up by snipping off all the little strands.  Next, I broke out a Kickstarter product I bought forever ago and still hadn’t even unboxed because the printer was packed away.   This is the Polysher.   Basically, your object gets lowered into a chamber and alcohol is vaporized, which melts the very outside of the plastic creating a glassy smooth exterior.

Look at him go!  WHEEEEE!

It’s sped up pretty fast from the timelapse.  But it’s more fun looking at a fast pace.

I set the timer and walked away, so he hopefully turned out.  I’ll post later with the results.   He still needs to be painted as well.

 

Latest Painting Revealed

bears in claw machine

Finally, I can reveal the painting I’ve been working on.   It was hard not showing off the work as it progressed as I usually do on various social media.  Normally, I don’t paint for other people… I tend to do what I want on a whim, but this was an old co-worker and friend and the image was pretty cute and similar to what I normally l do.

I worked on this pretty much every night for several weeks.   It is not a hard image to reproduce, but because the size it took a while.  They wanted big enough to fille a wall but my car would only fit a 4×6.  By the time it was completed I didn’t want to give it away.   This isn’t usually the type of imagery I paint, but in person, it was pretty stunning.  Or maybe the colors just worked really well in my living room.

Like most of my stuff, this is not an original.  I was handed an image and was asked to turn it into a painting.   I’m pretty good at copying things, not so great at conceiving things. I tried googling around when I first got the image to try and attribute it to the artist, unfortunately, I couldn’t find it at that time.