Our award-winning team is comprised of artists and engineers from Apple Computer, 3M, Northrop, Rand, and Catepillar. We offer CAD services, 3D scanning, 3D printing, traditional model making, and custom fabrication to build your ideas into amazing artworks and promotional products. From creating maquettes for planning, to molds, to making actual artworks, we know how to make your project a success.
We recently constructed this amazing sculpture for artist Corinne Whitaker, a pioneer in 3D digital sculpture. Corrine Whitaker has been creating art for over 40 years and trusted us to produce her newest 'Black Pearl' sculpture. More and more sculptors are turning to Solid-Ideas to produce their artworks. Our background in engineering and the arts makes us uniquely qualified to create your final artwork or create molds for casting.
Starting with the 3D file (the virtual form) from the artist, we used 3D printing and traditional techniques to craft this large two foot wide sculpture.
Alterations and 3D Printing
Careful alterations are made to the virtual form before the sections are 3D printed. We also casted fragile sections with resin to add strength where needed.
After 3D printing, the secions are assembled, and a beautiful proprietary durable black finish is added.
The Finished Sculptures
The finished sculpture looks to be from another world.
Verizon had a stylish, futuristic hit with their Arena ad campaign for the Droid Bionic smart phone, and they wanted a way to show off the robot antagonists in real life. Their agency, mcgarrybowen, hired us to make memorable, real-life replicas out of the computer-rendered robots from the ads. The data in the files from the commercials couldn't exist in reality, so we carefully reworked it into objects that obey the rules of our physical world. Solid-Ideas oversaw the project from start to finish, delivering not only four amazing robots, but also custom aluminum display pedestals and individual carrying cases. With our background in engineering and the arts, we're uniquely qualified to understand your purpose and aesthetically communicate your vision.
Using our Zcorp printer and 3D files, we 3D-printed detailed physical scale models for four Droid robot heads.
File Fixing and Modeling
Animation is a wonderful medium that allows for suspension of disbelief. Real life, however, leaves nothing to the imagination. Solid-Ideas understands how to translate 2D to 3D, so we re-worked the original files to obey the laws of physics. After digitally disassembling each robot head, we created structural integrity and 3D-printed solid, physical objects.
Each model robot head is built layer by layer in our state-of-the-art 3D printers. When the printing is complete, our engineers become archaeologists: blowing away the excess powder just to slowly reveal the object underneath.
Assembly & Finishing
Solid-Ideas takes pride in our 3D-prints. Each piece is carefully cleaned, infused with additional strength and given a subtle gloss finish.
Sand Blasted Display Stands
True project management means handling the job from start to finish. We worked with the client to understand their vision for displaying the robot heads and then fabricated beautiful brushed aluminum pedestals.
We take the longevity of our models very seriously. Each robot head and display stand were custom-fitted for their own individual high-tech carrying cases. Thick, die-cut foam cushioned the models to ensure safe transportation.
The Finished Sculptures
The finished robot heads are amazing to behold!
|Pixar||SFMOMA||Francisco Larios||Sayed Alavi|
|Bolt Creative||Darren Taylor||Scott Thomas||J Knisley Designs|
|Daniel Gamex||Patrick Williams||Robert Schramm||Shih Kang Lum|
|Chih-Chung Tai||Cal Arts||Shane Ketterman||Alex Ginestra|
|Alexander Cruz||Design Solutions||Asal Heshmati||Asher Halberstam|
|Bolt Creative||Brandt Knapp||Calif Inst. of the Arts||CCA|
-Corinne Whitaker, Artist
"Magnificent job on my Black Pearl sculpture! You really outdid yourself.."
-Dave Castelnuovo, Bolt Creative
"Solid-Ideas created these amazing prototype models for us to give out to our VIP partners and press contacts. They definitely helped us land prize coverage in top news outlets."
"Oscar took the time to understand what we wanted and helped fix our CAD data for 3d printing a model to be used in the venture capital funding phase of our aircraft project."
-K. Ebner, Woodbury University
“It's been a great experience working with Solid-Ideas. The 3D printing service was fast and easy and far superior to other 3D printing I was trying out.”
- Turn your ideas into artworks ready to collect.
- Create amazing promotional products and marketing samples to hand out and impress your clients.
- Our background uniquely equips us to make the most aesthetically pleasing models.
- The sturdiness of our models hold up to everyday use.
- We offer competitive pricing without sacrificing quality.
- Quick, cost-effective replications at various scales.
- Stress-free adaptability to your evolving needs.
- The convenience to make last-minute design changes.
- Support for a variety of file formats, including Maya, Studio Max, Solid Works, and Sketchup.
- Create molds for casting in metal or resin.
- Multiple colors and textures.
- High levels of detail for incredibly realistic models.
- Complex shapes and geometries you never thought possible.