Mold3D Printing Workshop Recap

Our first workshop has officially wrapped! It was an energetic and fun weekend of making art, meeting new friends and learning. Participating artists traveled from all over the United States for a special two day gathering in Los Angeles on April 26-27th.

Gio Nakpil teaching some advanced ZBrush techniques to the class. Pixologic was one of the workshop sponsors.

Day 1 - Top Form

The workshop kicked off with an amazing lecture from instructor Gio Nakpil about the importance of breaking down a character sculpt into basic forms. 

This imparted knowledge is derived from years of experience working in the VFX and Video Game industries.

Not to be taken lightly, there is something special about Gio's ninja-like sculpting techniques that have the ability to change the way you approach form and digital sculpting.

Working on sculpting an organic tentacle using Gio's techniques.

Time to Create

They say the best way to learn is by doing and the students were given the opportunity to practice on their own. Sculpting exercises were designed to teach the fundamentals as well as the technical aspects of sculptural modeling. 

After digesting the concepts, the students finally had the opportunity to begin working on their character busts.

 

Individualized Instruction

The group of students had the opportunity to interact with the instructors, who gave them direct feedback and instruction.

By helping identify problem areas or suggesting new workflows, the students were given the opportunity to overcome the challenges of the sculpting process.

The students were given the chance to apply these techniques to their own original character models which they created on day 1

The students were given the chance to apply these techniques to their own original character models which they created on day 1

Day 2- Getting Started with 3D Printing

Time to Cook! We were prepped to demonstrate the tools of the trade to finish off a print.

Robert Vignone giving the students a hands on demonstration.

Representing the 3D Printing aspect of the workshop was Mold3D's Co-founder Robert Vignone. Robert started off the class with a lecture on 3D Printing followed by a demo of how to best prepare a 3D Model for Printing using Pixologic's ZBrush and Formlabs Preform software.

Hands on Demo

It was finally time for a break from the computer with an interactive experience of post process techniques that include print cleanup, support removal, finishing and painting.

Also part of the demo was giving the students the opportunity to get some hands on time handling the fresh prints.

Appreciating the fresh Print!

It was awesome to see so many smiling faces!  Something about understanding the process of creating a 3D Print makes you appreciate the magic of it all.

The students capped off the day working on their 3D models and applying the 3D printing preparation techniques onto their own work. The final step before printing.

 

Levels of Detail. Examining 3 character busts of the same design, each printed at various levels of resolution.

First Print

For many people this was the first time learning about 3D Printing on a technical and artistic level. It was also finally a chance to create their own 3D Print. We know there is no better feeling then when you get to hold your own design and we are looking forward to seeing the results.

Rock, Papers, Scissors! The students competed with one another in an impromptu class tournament of 'Roshambo' to see who would win the 3 3D prints of Gio's creature.

Networking and new friends

An added bonus was the opportunity to connect and make new friends. The workshop was an environment where like minded artists hung out and experienced the fun of 3D Printing.

That's a wrap

A big thank you to our sponsors (Wacom, Pixologic and Formlabs) who helped supply the students with all of the equipment to make this a complete experience.

Thank you to all the folks at Silver Drawing Academy for having a wonderful space to host us and the Mold3D staff that worked hard to help make this possible. We appreciate everyone for coming out and having a good time!

 

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THE FORM1 UNLEASHES GIO'S DEMONSTRATION MODEL FROM DAY 1, GIVING THE STUDENTS A FULL SCOPE OF WHAT IT MEANS TO GO FROM DIGITAL TO PHYSICAL

Creating a future 3D Print design on a Wacom Cintiq Companion.

Robert Vignone teaching the tricks of the trade.

Robert Vignone teaching the tricks of the trade.

Watching a print reveal itself.

'ZBrushing.'

Where the magic happens.

Robert pulling off a freshly printed character created from Gio's creature 3D model.

Hot off the Press.

It's not going to bite.

Ahh, not in my eye! Robert Vignone demonstrates how to coat a print with paint.

Ahh, not in my eye! Robert Vignone demonstrates how to coat a print with paint.

The lollipop gang. Once the prints are painted, it's much easier to see the fine details.

The lollipop gang. Once the prints are painted, it's much easier to see the fine details.

USING FORMLABS PREFORM SOFTWARE TO EVALUATE THE POSITIONING OF THE 3D MODEL.

USING FORMLABS PREFORM SOFTWARE TO EVALUATE THE POSITIONING OF THE 3D MODEL.

3D PRINTING WORKSHOP FOR CHARACTER ARTISTS- Group Photo

3D PRINTING WORKSHOP FOR CHARACTER ARTISTS- Group Photo

To check out more photos from the workshop, please check out our Workshop Facebook album:

https://www.facebook.com/mold3d/photos_albums