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Steampunk Engineer [message #47443] Wed, 25 April 2012 02:03 UTC Go to next message
avatar TurtlesAreCool  is currently offline TurtlesAreCool
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I respect one of the most experienced software engineers on our project. He is very humble, attempting to divert recognition and point out the accomplishments of others. Despite his protestations, I believe he has saved our company a fair amount of money over the course of this project (I think he's been on this project for 5+ years now). So, I wanted to honor him with a desk sculpture. The whole team chipped in for the cost of the print. I am going to attempt to get this painted by Monday, since we're doing an important test event this week.

This piece is intended to be in the "steampunk" style - a sort of retro future where things are powered by steam and mechanical means, and the style is roughly Victorian / Industrial Revolution. The little plaque on the front says <his name> and "Chief Engineer". The strange machine one which he leans is meant to be an imitation of the sort of product my company produces, since I can't represent software itself tangibly.

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The back reads "opere et veritates", which (hopefully) means "in action and in truth", signifying doing what is right in everyday actions. I meant it to double as a sort of "guild mark" and a comment on his work ethic.
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UPS seems to have a comprehension problem. Fortunately, the contents were unharmed. I may send this image to them with a bit of a reprimand.
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EDIT: Turns out I live in a dreamworld. UPS is the culprit, not FedEx.

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  • Attachment: 3_back.JPG
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[Updated on: Wed, 25 April 2012 13:07 UTC]

Re: Steampunk Engineer [message #47464 is a reply to message #47443 ] Wed, 25 April 2012 11:24 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Great Design!

No, seriously, this is awesome. Such a fitting tribute to an excellent role model.

What will be your final material? I think the detail materials take paint better than WSF, or will you be going with sandstone? Antique bronze matte would be awesome as well...


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Re: Steampunk Engineer [message #47472 is a reply to message #47443 ] Wed, 25 April 2012 12:53 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Since when does fedex print UPS Ground on their box? Razz I was wondering why no one told me we added fedex as an option.

Goes to show that the Shapeways distribution team knows what they're doing when they are packing these items! Glad it arrived safely, and looks great.


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Re: Steampunk Engineer [message #47474 is a reply to message #47464 ] Wed, 25 April 2012 13:06 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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@bradycustom - Actually, the plan is for this to be the final material. I wanted to do bronze matte, but I did not want to pay the commensurate price for it, particularly since I would have had to do some serious reduction in detail for everything to come out in metal. Thanks for the comment.

@Youknowwho4eva - So, I'm an idiot. I'll have to edit my post so at least the main text says "UPS" not "FedEx". I don't know what I was thinking. Perhaps I associate FedEx with poor shipping quality in general? (don't tell their marketing folks that)
Re: Steampunk Engineer [message #47475 is a reply to message #47443 ] Wed, 25 April 2012 13:30 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Maybe they slap on competitor labels onto damaged cartons Laughing


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Re: Steampunk Engineer [message #47478 is a reply to message #47474 ] Wed, 25 April 2012 14:24 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I would love to see how this turns out painted!


www.bradykineticcuriosities.com A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
Re: Steampunk Engineer [message #47480 is a reply to message #47443 ] Wed, 25 April 2012 15:54 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Cor blimey Gov, the awesome sauce got to you too!

Great job!
Re: Steampunk Engineer [message #47564 is a reply to message #47480 ] Fri, 27 April 2012 03:46 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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@stop4stuff - Thanks. I couldn't even dream of attempting such an accent with any sort of dignity. Very Happy

Here's an in-progress photo of painting. I decided to leave off the initial sealant, fearing to obscure the engraved designs. This means the paint tends to bleed, but it also creates interesting shading. Everything is also a bit desaturated. Anyway, still far from complete.

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Re: Steampunk Engineer [message #47586 is a reply to message #47443 ] Fri, 27 April 2012 17:03 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Wow UPS... just wow. So glad your model wasn't harmed!


Enjoys spending 98 hours a week learning, making and designing stuff. The picture of me as a kid is... pretty much what you're dealing with.
Re: Steampunk Engineer [message #47692 is a reply to message #47443 ] Tue, 01 May 2012 05:03 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Painting is complete. The nameplate received quite a few coats of paint before I was happy. I should have made the engraved designs deeper.

Overall, I'm happy. The subdued color scheme is to my taste and fits my coworker's humble personality. We'll see how he likes it tomorrow.

As an aside - every time I look at close-up photos of my models in WSF (which show more detail than I see with a casual glance), I realize how rough the material really is. Perhaps one day I will start to polish these as I have seen others do in this forum. Right now, I'm not sure I have the patience to do so with the sort of pieces I print.

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By the way, I must explain myself somewhat. It may be silly, but I avoid posting folks' names where they would never have any contact or control. This is the reason that I have blacked out all or part of people's names whenever I post here. I hope this doesn't confuse anyone.

Re: Steampunk Engineer [message #47914 is a reply to message #47692 ] Fri, 04 May 2012 23:32 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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That's a great looking print, and a nice piece of design! Smile

I found a video of your package being delievered on Youtube! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q6_9A90cUk

Cheers,

Jack
Re: Steampunk Engineer [message #47915 is a reply to message #47914 ] Sat, 05 May 2012 00:28 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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B1lancer wrote on Fri, 04 May 2012 23:32

That's a great looking print, and a nice piece of design! Smile

I found a video of your package being delievered on Youtube! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q6_9A90cUk

Cheers,

Jack


HAHAHA! Awesome. That seems about right.
Re: Steampunk Engineer [message #47953 is a reply to message #47443 ] Sun, 06 May 2012 10:47 UTC Go to previous message
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Well! The cartwheel explains the crushed "FRAGILE" part. His hand must have been covering the warning!


Enjoys spending 98 hours a week learning, making and designing stuff. The picture of me as a kid is... pretty much what you're dealing with.

 
   
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