MIT museum

Posted on Monday October 06, 2014 in Personal

We’re on a vacation road trip through New England/east coast USA for the next 2 weeks. New York, Vermont, Cape Cod, Rhode Island, etc. Before we hit Salem (Salem in October? I love halloween!) we stopped by MIT and the MIT museum.
It was really interesting to see all the robots and other amazing projects in various states of completeness. The museum was small but MIT was very inspiring.

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Print the Legend now on Netflix.

Posted on Tuesday September 30, 2014 in 3D Printing

This Documentary about 3D printing companies is for sure worth the watch. I’ll say right off the bat I found it interesting to see that Makerbot was actually Zak Hoeken’s idea, who was then pushed out of the company that was his dream in the first place. I guess that happens a lot in the business world. This movie was very clear about what sort of person would do that, and what personality traits they have. Ultimately, no one stays at the top forever - someone is always waiting to push them aside. This happened there too.

It seems Hollywood likes to glorify pirates only, so it was nice to see a doc that showed both sides of the story. Perhaps deception is what’s needed to succeed now. Maybe the crazy inventor introverts will never be the people that can run companies, but as a crazy inventor introvert, I’d like to think it’s possible to invent something and not have it ripped away from you like that. It should be possible to invent something, form a company, and then just run it with honesty and integrity. There must be some out there somewhere.

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Sneak peak!

Posted on Monday September 15, 2014 in Prototype, Sculpture

I’ve been working on ... I can’t even count how many projects. I love it! Here’s a sneak peak at one I’m doing for myself. It won’t be done anytime soon. I squeeze in a few hours here or there to work on it when I can, but I think when it’s finished, it’ll blow people’s minds. You can see from this is that it looks like a 3D town. No, it’s not a videogame, and that’s all I’ll say for now. I’ll keep you guessing. It might take me a year or two to finish it at this rate!

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Budweiser Redlight secret project

Posted on Thursday August 28, 2014 in 3D Printing, Prototype, Advertising, Electronics

Well look here, one of the Budweiser Redlights I helped originally design and launch came home.  Why?  Some secret modifications.  I gutted this unit and built all new electronics for it so it can work in a different way -  there’s a microphone on the front, some new leds, a new cpu and that’s really all I can say for now.

(This blog post was only visible long after the work was done for secrecy) 

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GPS RC car drone

Posted on Wednesday July 23, 2014 in Prototype, Electronics

My friend Rob and I are out today with an RC car of his, rigged up with a GPS receiver so that we can program in a route for it and have it drive that path automatically.  I love fun little projects like this.  No rhyme or reason, just experimenting to learn something new.  It worked!  We drew a path on the map and the car followed it and drove around all on its own.  Cool stuff.  What practical use would there be for it?  Filming, perhaps.  What if you could draw a path and then have a computer controlled dolly car move the camera around?  Automated seed planting perhaps?  I’m sure there’s lots of potential uses for drone technology, but for us, the use was fun.

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Home-made 3D printed curtain rod

Posted on Friday July 18, 2014 in 3D Printing

Well, we’re still moving into our new home on the beach and we needed curtains for the bedroom. We already had the curtains, but lacked any way to hang them up.
Just go to the store and buy a rod and holder you say. I’m a bit nutty so I thought, it’ll probably take an hour just to drive out, choose them, drive home, so instead, why not make them for free? There was an abandoned wooden rod in our basement, so I designed the rod holders and round ends in about 10 minutes and then 3d printed them. Printing them took some time, but I didn’t need to do anything, the machine did it all. So as far as I’m concerned that’s 10 minutes out of my day vs 1 hour. 3d printing for the win!

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Genpets traffic, still stirring debates

Posted on Thursday July 03, 2014 in Artwork

I made the Genpets sculpture series 8 years ago and I’m happy to say they’re still going strong. It’s actually quite amazing. Traffic-wise sometimes things spike but I’m still seeing 100,000+ page views per day. Some days more, some less, but it seems to hover around that.

I work in advertising, and in most cases entire campaigns with millions of dollars thrown at them never see the kind of web traffic my art sees in a week (and yet in most cases I’m shushed in ad meetings when I try to bring up ideas - haha, oh well, their loss.)

I’m happy to see it’s in most cases eliciting the reaction I’d hoped to see - shock, revulsion, and then curiosity, prompting people to dig deeper into biotech, what’s going on in the field, and talking through these issues and where the technology could one day lead.

On a side note I still think it’s an interesting experiment in displaying art outside of the contemporary gallery system. Yes, I’m all for showing in galleries, and have on many occasions worldwide, but you’d be hard pressed to tell me I can show at ANY gallery and get 20,000 to 100,000 eyes on it per day. Is it the same experience as seeing them in person? No, of course not. Both experiences are very different, and I’d argue they’re almost like separate works. In person they move, lights blink, and you’re up close with something breathing that feels real. It can frankly be quite creepy seeing them all lined up. The website is much more text heavy, with a deliberately coy and sleazy corporate hard sell nature to it that is just as creepy without the physicality of the Genpets. (I tried to mimic the type of promotion/advertising that would be used if the Genpets were actually real).

I’ve actually left Genpets humming along on it’s own for quite sometime and taken a break from showing them, but reviewing the traffic logs and seeing how many millions of people are visiting the site of late has inspired me to work on a new piece of art. (shoehorned between other projects). I love to work on lots of things at once when it comes to my own projects. I’m never in much of a rush unless it’s a client project.

Thanks to everyone that’s supported the work or simply looked at it over the years.

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Hologram Adam - Vintage 3D LASER SCAN

Posted on Tuesday June 24, 2014 in Artwork, Personal, 3D Scanning

Yeah that’s right, a vintage 3D laser scan of myself from a decade ago.. read on.

I got a call from Michael Paige over at the Photon League telling me he’d found something of mine that I might be interested in, so I took a trip over to find out what exactly it was.
When I got there I parked my FZ6 (motorcycle) next to a Ural (also motorcycle). I’ve always wanted a Dnepr or a Ural, but the right opportunity just hasn’t presented itself yet. Urals are those old military sidecar motorcycles, like in Indiana Jones 3. Ahh, they look like fun. Anyways, ramble story short, it was actually Michael’s bike.

After some shop talk and bike talk he pulled out a hologram I’d made in the lab almost 10 years ago. Now, real holograms, are gorgeous things. Everyone has experienced those silver, shiny holograms - they’re not so impressive. The glass ones though, oh boy. They have so much depth and detail to them it appears that you’re looking at a real object on the other side. An object lit entirely in red, but real all the same. And it just happened to be a hologram of me!

Yes, even a decade ago back in university I was making 3D things with lasers. Really, nothing has changed.

On a side note, I really don’t think I look any different at 32 then I did at 23. here’s a video of the hologram, but clearly my video won’t capture the or quality depth of the 3D image.

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Helmet hooks

Posted on Tuesday June 10, 2014 in 3D Printing

As we set up things how we want in our new home I’m taking any excuse I can to 3d print things. In this case, I’m designing and printing hooks for our bike helmets. The helmets are light, so there won’t be any problems with just printing them.  Oh sure, i could go to the store and buy hooks for a couple bucks, but why go and stand there for 10 minutes deciding which ones look the way I want?  I can just design them in less time than a one way trip to the hardware store. So I did.  I think they turned out just fine for less than 10 minutes of work.

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RED paddleboard adaptor

Posted on Friday June 06, 2014 in 3D Printing, Prototype, 3D Scanning

Crazy little side project for fun.
Red paddleboards are pretty great, but if you need to inflate a few of them at a time you might need an electric pump. But there’s no adaptor to do that - until now!  I designed and 3D printed a small adaptor that fits onto an electric pump to the red paddleboard air intake.
I used a 3D Scanner to get an admittedly very rough and not so great scan of the adaptor, and then remodeled it. The scan was good for getting some base measurements anyways.

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Cuddlers Cove 3D printed sign

Posted on Friday May 30, 2014 in 3D Printing, Sculpture, Personal

My anniversary gift to Shannon this year was to surprise her with this 3d printed sign for our balcony. We have a 2 person hammock and spend quite a lot of time relaxing and reading in it.  We also live on the beach, so I looked to classic beach signs for inspiration and made her this ‘Cuddlers Cove’ sign.  I designed the base and lettering in CAD, 3d printed it, then hand sculpted some of the details and hammock in clay, made a rubber mold of it, and then cast it in a  solid hard plastic.

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Budweiser shoes?

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 in 3D Printing, Advertising, 3D Scanning

Well I can’t say much about this one yet, but it’ll also be going into the portfolio! I used 3D scanning, 3D printing, mold making, custom electronics design, and my design skills to pull off some custom shoes for Budweiser.

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Secret Budlight Project

Posted on Friday April 04, 2014 in Advertising, Electronics

I’ll be putting this one in my portfolio for sure!  I just completed the electronics and assembly for a secret Budweiser project.  I can’t say more about it yet but it’s exciting.

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Prototype Shocktop Beer talking head poster

Posted on Tuesday April 01, 2014 in Advertising, Electronics

Quick little video of a prototype I made for an ad agency of a talking transit shelter ad. The brief was to make it look ‘indie’, as if the company making it was a small brand.

I designed the plastics to be thin, light and clear as the light needed to pass from behind at night and not create shadows on the poster.  Thus the motor and electronics were placed at the base of the poster and clear wire was used to pull the mechanics.  I didn’t have actual voice files yet so it was just my friend Rob talking as a test. I programmed up the electronics so that the mouth would move fairly accurately no matter what sound clip was used.

(Just a note, this blog post was only visible AFTER the campaign launched, no secrets were let loose..).

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Experiments with resin printing.

Posted on Thursday March 20, 2014 in 3D Printing, Prototype

I just haven’t been getting results I’m happy with from standard 3D printers using filament so I’ve set to experimenting with resin based printing. So far, the results have been nothing short of amazing. The quality I’m getting from some cobbled together parts far surpasses anything I’ve seen from any other home 3D printer that’s filament based.  I’m in love.

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