3D Scan to 3D Bronze
We produced a proof-of-concept print that involved a 3D scan, some digital manipulation, a print with bronze clay, some clay clean-up, kiln firing, and a final polish. I think you will find the results quite compelling.
I made a scan of Lindsay with a Cube Sense 3D scanner:
I created 54 layers of g-code with Slic3r and printed it in bronze clay on the Mini Metal Maker:
The initial print looked rough, but cleaned up surprisingly well by simply rubbing with a wetted finger. Most of the blemishes were superficial 'crumbs' of clay left by the print head. The rubbed piece bears a nice fidelity to the 3d model:
After firing in a kiln, the piece consists of solid bronze:
The metal surface cleans to a shine after a quick scrub with steel wool:
The original still looks much better! However, it was a good experiment with higher layer-count printing and highly contoured printing: