My midterm project is all about exploring the making process of toy figures with a 3D printer from creating joints to building a model and experiment with materials.
The chicken action figure uses the facts of modern production farms and creates a satirized figure. The superpower of the action hero is based on mistreatment through current methods of raising animals for food. The goal of the project is to raise awareness about animal raising in the food system by using a playful toy.
I started my midterm project by exploring joints in 3D modeling. I was experimenting with the clearing distance between two parts and looked up different joints of toy figures.
My first attempt was to create a ball joint for movable arms and a rotational joint for linear movable parts. I decided to build little characters like chess figures.
As for the next step, I wanted to explore different materials. I wanna create a mold out of a 3D printed object. I was interested in that part, if I would need the same part multiple times and to explore other materials instead the ones 3D printing offers. Materials I thought about are latex and polymer clay as for the mold silicone.
For this part I modeled the top part of a chicken action figure.
I used the Objet24 3D printer. Parts are printed in a rigid VeroWhitePlus opaque photopolymer plastic. This kind of material is a very strong and durable plastic.
While waiting for the print, I experiment with different outlooks of the chicken. I draw the outline for this one with Adobe Illustrator, exported it as a SVG file. Afterwards, I imported it in Blender and extruded the area.
Final Objet24 print: