Digital Tools for Rochester Artists

$335 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 6 people in 2 months
Peter J. Sucy  HILTON, NY
I am attempting to raise the necessary funds to equip a digital technology lab for Rochester area artists. The lab will be made available to local artists by appointment for a minimal hourly fee ($15-25/hr) to cover my consulting/trainging time and facility overhead.  I explain more fully in the Updates.

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
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Update 8
Posted by Peter J. Sucy
2 days ago
I've decided to back another 3D printer on Kickstarter with my own funds for now. The Snapmaker 3D printer with a laser engraving and a CNC module. Instead of belts & pulleys to move in XYZ motions, the Snapmaker uses extruded aluminum rails with a more precise turning screw action.

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.
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Update 7
Posted by Peter J. Sucy
29 days ago
I've decided to lower the overall goal to just $1500. I've decided that realistically, the smaller 3D resin printer is the one I'll be able to raise enough funds to purchase.

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.
Morpheus Delta 3D Resin Printer
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Update 6
Posted by Peter J. Sucy
1 month ago
I just deposited a check for $150, for some training I provided, into the Digital Tools account. So, we now have close to $300 towards the goal.

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.
Another $150 towards the goal.
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$335 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 6 people in 2 months
Created January 13, 2017
Don Komarechka
7 days ago

Best of luck, Peter!

Sarah Dengler
1 month ago
Peter Sucy
1 month ago(Offline Donation)
Carl Crumley
1 month ago

Peter, I'm currently experimenting with stereo image capture using the Kuula Deeper lens converter (http://www.kula3d.com/). I display my non-stereo photography and videos at Image City Photography Gallery and would like to find a way to display stereo photographs without the use of VR goggles, colored lenses, cross-eye technique, etc. My dream is to do it with front light only but I'm afraid that may not be possible. Good luck with your project(s) and I hope to work with you in the future.

Dan Scally
2 months ago

Here's a little help.

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