Just a short update. Last week we did the lore drop, and this week we started to figure out how to do a 3D print of the THMPR.
The THMPR is a very complicated model, from a printing perspective. There are many undercuts and bridges, places where the printer has to build support structures. These structures have to be cleared by hand and can sometimes be unreachable. As we found out, there are too many of these areas on the THMPR. To solve this, we’re printing it in different pieces to see how we can glue them together manually afterwards.
Also, the quality just isn’t there yet. You can see where our test prints had holes or loops of stray plastic and other issues. This is why we do test prints like these, to identify all the problem areas.
Also, some pieces are not joined mechanically in the model, so they fall apart when printed. All these are being addressed as we print parts. It’s a slow process. Printing can take 4 hours or more.
We’re also trying to print different sizes, as you can see, to see what fits best. Size can’t be too large, or it will be prohibitive to ship and take up to 2 days to print just 1 statue.
Currently, we’re printing a big model version that you can see on the base of our 3D printer in the shots below. We’re going to use this to solve the main issues, then gradually reduce the size to something where we can print 60 of these in a reasonable time.
The pillars that surround and encase the print as it’s being printed are the support structures. These are pruned away from the model after it has finished printing. This large model is 20 hours in print so far with another 4.1 hours to go.
As far as the art demo exe, we’re happy to say rigging is complete on the THMPR. Rigging is they way we “puppeteer” the big MEK in order to control its animations. You can think of rigging as adding handles and virtual “strings” we can pull to more easily pose the model. We’ve included a short video to show you what that looks like:
Now that the model is rigged, it will go to animation. We’re close to getting the THMPR art demo exe done!
That’s it for our update next week. Thanks for supporting Em-8ER!