Mini Great Buddha at Kamakura

I loved printing the Great Buddha at Kamakura, and we found ourselves in need of a quick, but meaningful, birthday present. A scaled down version of Buddha to the rescue:

The Great Buddha at Kamakura

I had just acquired some Red Copper Tianse PLA, had recently begun seriously perusing the Scan the World collection on MyMiniFactory, and the house felt like it needed a decent Buddha statue – lucky for me I found a scan of the Great Buddha at Kamakura, Japan. This Buddha is shaped such that minimal supports were required during…

Charging Bull

We spent a few years working on Wall Street when we lived in New York City, and would occasionally walk through Bowling Green and see Charging Bull. I find this statue interesting for a few reasons: the financial mindset that drove early Wall Street, and the corruption (or logical conclusion) of that mindset into a one of profit-at-all-costs,…

High Detail Printing – Great Buddha

The Scan the World collection on MyMiniFactory has some great pieces spanning world history. For a number of reasons, this scan of the Great Buddha at Kamakura caught my eye. I did two test prints with this model, working for the first time with 0.06mm layer height during slicing in Cura. I was blown away  by…

Chinese Bo – Warring States Period

High quality bell making started in China somewhere around 400-300 BCE, more than a thousand years before bellfounding became well understood in western Europe. As an example of ancient Chinese technologies, it fits well into the 10 year old’s group project at school. This bell predates the time period they’re studying by a few hundred years, dating…

Terracotta Army – Horse

The Warrior 4 from the Terracotta Army has a companion: The Warrior and Horse we’re well received when the 10 year old brought them to class for a group project working session. Also printed in Red Copper PLA, the horse took significantly longer, particularly because of the significant support structures needed. The scans of the horse and…

Terracotta Army – Warrior 4

The 10 year old has a group project (we’ve already begun to teach him to despise group projects) at school researching technology in ancient China. Fortuitously we recently visited the Terracotta Army traveling exhibit at the Virgina Museum of Fine Arts, so the topic was fresh in our minds. As luck would have it, some items from…