Digital Tools for Rochester Artists
The tools I am seeking to place in the lab, include a 3D Scanner, (which I've already purchased), a 3D Resin Printer (the most expensive tool), a CNC router, and an AxiDraw V3, Pen Plotter. Any additional funds raised would go to purchase other digital tools requested by artists using the facility.
Rochester is a technology town, but I realize most artists don't have access to, or even knowledge of these new tools for the purpose of creating art. My goal is to expose anyone interested in exploring these new technologies, and instruct them as to how to use them in their own work.
I've been on the bleeding edge of technology for nearly 40 years, purchasing a computerized enlarger for my darkroom in 1982. In 1984, I became one of the very first digital artists when I purchased my Macintosh 128K.
I began drawing with just MacPaint at first. A year later, I added a rudimentary scanner to my ImageWriter printer and began scanning my photographs into MacPaint and editing them. I foresaw the possibilities the future of digital photography held.
That same year, I became one of the original members of Kodak's new Electronic Photography Division. The computer as an imaging platform wasn't really on Kodak's radar at the time. The PC was just four years old and the Mac two. However, I didn't believe that analog video was the answer Kodak was seeking.
I used my Mac, and my new desktop publishing tools, to begin to wage an information blitz, trying to convince others in the group, that the computer, not the television, was where photography was headed.
I think I was eventually somewhat successful, but a few years had passed.
During the years 1989-1990, I would design the first three digital software products Kodak shipped, author a key patent on the digital camera (thumbnail images), and draft the first digital product strategy for the group.
While at the Maine Photo Workshop's Photo Congress in 1989, I suggested the creation of a digital facility in Rockport Maine to a Professional Photo
colleague, and was later hired by PPD as the first digital imaging instructor.
I established the first digital imaging training facilities both at Center of Creative Imaging (in Camden) and at the Marketing Education Center in Henrietta, and taught many Kodak employees (and customers) about digital photography for a good part of the 1990's.
For that reason, I feel I am well qualified to manage a digital facility such as this and continue to do what I did at Kodak for many years, but for local artists instead.
These 3D tools will offer many opportunities to explore new methods of creating art. Sculptures or parts for sculptures and installations, as well as parts for jewelry making, are just a few things I can think of off the top of my head. I'm sure we will find more applications with input from artists who use the resources.
My studio/lab is already equipped with flat bed and film scanners, a medium format Epson printer, video slider w/motion control and tracking (for 3D capture, video and timelapse), and a wide range of imaging and graphics software.
My wife says I can't keep buying these expensive toys. The artwork supplies for my medium are already some of the most expensive for any medium.
I'm a 3D lenticular artist. I create scenes in a virtual 3D studio, using 3D programs such as Poser and Strata Design 3D CX. The scenes are rendered with multiple stereo views which are then combined into one image and printed. The print is then aligned and laminated to a lenticular lens sheet. This creates a 3D viewable print or transparency that does NOT require any special glasses to view.
As I said, it's a very expensive medium to work in, and I really need to buy supplies, not new equipment. However, I really would like to bring this technology to the studio, and make it available for the members of my art group and Rochester area artists.
So again, if you can contribute even just $5 dollars to the cause, it will go a long way towards makng creating a resource for the very talented artists of Rochester.
I would be happy to instruct anyone interested in learning the secrets of lenticular imaging, or 3D scene creation.
Learn more about me at http://www.peterjsucy.com
I was able to scrape together $650 from donations and some income, I'll figure out how to cover the rest when the bill arrives. Total cost for the two printers was about $1300. The first printer I purchased is the SnapMaker 3 in 1, 3d printer, laser engraver and CNC carver. This is an FDM (fused deposition modeling) printer. It uses a filament feed additive process. They expect to ship by September.
The second printer I purchased this morning was the Morpheus Delta. This is a liquid resin printer that uses light to solidify the resin. They've developed a technique called LIPS (Light Induced Planar Solidification), because it uses light it can produce finer resolution models than the deposition process. It is supposed to ship in September.
I've profiled both printers in previous updates, so you can find more info there. The scanner is supposed to ship in the next month or so.
I will send out an email to those who have graciously supported this effort. You are all invited to come visit the studio for a demo once the equipment arrives. Thanks again.
I'd hoped there would be more interest in the local art community. However, I still plan to offer the use of and training on the equipment on an hourly basis to anyone interested. My contributors will get a specially discounted rate.
This rugged filament printer also has a laser engraving module and a CNC module for carving wood, plastic or metal. I was originally looking for separate machines for these but at the price of under $500 for the whole system it was $400 less than the resin printer. It supposedly will ship in September 2017.
I am still going to try to raise enough for the resin printer, as I believe it will be able to handle finer detail.
Here's the info on the Morpheus Delta resin printer:
We have just over $300 at this point If we can raise $854, I can reserve a Morpheus Delta Ultimate Kit (comes with supplies) on Indiegogo. They estimate shipping in June, at which point the price will go up to their retail price
That leaves about $500 to raise so we can purchase an Axidraw plotter. There's not enough interest at this time in a CNC router, so I've decided to remove that from the table.
Response has hardly been overwhelming, so I may have to adjust the goal downward considerably. Instead, of getting the Pro version of the 3D printer, I may have to settle for the smaller build volume, hobbyist version. It's less than $1000, but won't be available to late this year or next.