Lately, I’ve been all about rapid prototyping and discovering how its unique characteristics can add to my repertoire of fabrication abilities. The speed at which 3D printing is becoming ever more accessible for the consumer as of late is just staggering.
But what brought me down this path, and where do I get this unwavering desire to create physical things and incessantly modify objects in my possession? I never really took the time to look back and figure it out for myself. Aside from growing up attending assorted art schools, I think my recent trip back to my grandparent’s farm for the holidays provided both a direct influence and a peek at some underlying clues from the past.
Lets start with the new. When it came to finding something for my grandma for Christmas, where it is typically difficult to think of something truly useful, I decided I would like to create something unique. However, I’ve been battling with a difficulty in finding suitable machinery and material resources ever since moving to Japan (admittedly, all due to the language barrier which I need to overcome on my own). Additionally, with my somewhat nomadic lifestyle over the past decade, purchasing welders, lathes and other various heavy machinery for my dream shop never panned out. So, I recently turned to outsourced 3D printing services to create that special gift for my grandma.
The trip to the farm and a stroll around the pasture was the stimulus that reminded me of contributions from the past. Wandering around amongst the old farm supplies and well drilling equipment, I couldn’t help but think about how cool these huge gears and iron pieces seemed to me as a kid. The entire pasture was like a giant workbench, littered with parts from various projects and… a couple “barn finds” (like a ’55 Chevy Sedan and the ol ’62 Series 50 Chevy truck). Then it dawned on me that a wooden sword, that my grandpa hand cut and painted in the shop housing the ’55 sedan, is still one of the most prized possessions from my childhood. It definitely had me excited back then, watching him bring something fun to life.