In one of my previous blogs I talked about how enjoyable it is to build stuff. Today with -most of- my team, we had an enjoyable experience building.
Indeed we spent the day at TechShop in San Francisco, catching, making, cutting and gluing. There were several purposes for this trip: build stuff that we would bring back to our work area to personalize our workspace, have fun together in an unusual way, and get new insights for what we typically do at work, which is anything to attract developers on SAP technologies…
Inga and Matt did a fantastic job (thank you!) with organizing our day around building 3D sculptures of characters. In the end the characters were “ourselves”. How much more personalized can this be?
Catching and making
After a “french” style breakfast -without the cigarettes- we learned how to use Autodesk’s 123Catch app on our iPhone and made 3D models of each other’s head. Of course depending on our exposure to light, our hair, the steadiness of the photographer, each 3D model came out better or worse. Some of us ended up with scars on our faces, bumps on our heads, crazy hair… but all of us used our 3D model to make a derived 3D model with stacked cardboards. For that we used Autodesk’s 123Make app. I was surprised to see how some heads looked better using one slicing direction while others looked so much better using another direction. I picked horizontal slicing; Laura and Lars picked vertical slicing, Ingo and Rocky picked oblique slicing.
Cutting and gluing
Most of us decided that our sliced 3D models looked good enough to deserve printing. And off we went to cut our head slices out of cardboard with laser cutting machines. Here we got a few issues. Some machines were not cutting as well as others, some machines were busy cutting pieces of Type A Machines’ 3D printers, and no machine could be configured to cut as we configured in 123Make…
Thankfully the TechShop experts found a way to cut the cardboard slices. Unfortunately it killed the proportions of our future sculptures…
Cut happened (no fire!) and all of us got our numbered cardboard slices. Then… last phase: glueing the slices together, in the right position and order. My head was made of 57 slices that I glued together from bottom to top. Actually the sculpture was more than just my head: it includes my shoulders and neck.
And here we are: a thiner than normal 3D sculpture of my bust in slices of cardboard.
Most of us got a similar sculpture that will decorate PAL07 71.104 starting April 15th 2013. Come and visit!