Gary Ritchie, Designer & Digital Artist

“Ghost” Prototype

first prototypeAfter months of sculpting and client reviews I was finally able to hold the 3d printout in my hands.

When the FedEx guy walked up with a rather thin looking box I wondered how the freshly printed piece fit inside. Was it broken or cracked? As I carried the box inside I thought it was rather lightweight.

I carfully tore into it. Lots of fluffy white peanuts. At the bottom was a gob of bubble wrap. What a glorious moment it was! For the first time I could hold what I have been working on for months – in my own hands!

The rapid prototype was printed using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). A process that yeilds a durable plastic model from a digital file. The finish was suprisingly smooth. My first recommendation to my client, as he departed with it after our meeting, was to paint it grey. This would offer more contrast and would help the features read better to the eye.

 Filed under: 3d design, Work in progress