Apr 13, 2016 | By Andre
Inspiration can come from the most unlikely of places, but when it hits, it can be difficult for the inspired individual to stop until satisfied. In the case of Instructables user Britt Michelsen (BrittLiv), inspiration came in the form of a 3D printed knife block version of anti-hero Deadpool.
It all started when, as is mentioned on Instructables, Britt was cleaning out her kitchen drawer and noticed that she had “some really nice knives that deserve to be placed in a knife block.” Once this was realized, the process began.
At first she decided taking Julius Caesar’s character (as portrayed in the classic comic book series The Adventures of Asterix) and turning him into a knife block. She started out by taking a 14cm tall Caesar she had lying around before using Autodesk Recap to 3D scan it and eventually spent a great amount of time finding the right combination of software tools to combine the scanned head onto the body of a bust found on MyMiniFactory’s Scan The World museum archive site.
After a lot of hit-and-miss by playing with free design tools like Sculptris, Meshmixer, Meshlab, and Netfabb Basic, her Caesar model was just about ready for production when she decided to scrap the whole project altogether and go with a Deadpool knife block instead.
That’s just sometimes the way things go. And considering the work she already put in to a Deadpool table (here on Instructables) it made some sense that her inspiration took her toward Deadpool.
This time around, she saved some effort in scanning by finding a Deadpool model on facepunch and edited the file to her specific needs using many of the tools she gained experience with while giving her Caesar a go.
After bouncing around between the different software tools once again, she was finally ready to put the knife holes into the back of Deadpool’s head. This was done by acquiring the proper measurements of her knives and modifying her already created 3D model (both obj and stl files available on the Instructable) and voila, a digital version of her knife rack was complete.
But her adventure didn’t quite end by simply pressing print on her Replicator 2 3D printer. First off, the Deadpool knife rack was too big for her 3D print bed so she had to discover a way to cut the model into printable segments. Secondly, the print would warp on the corners no matter what she tried so she went ahead and bought and installed a custom hot plate and full metal z-axis. This is what I was talking about when I started out this article on the subject of inspiration.
From there it was just a matter of 3D printing her design (no warping this time around), smoothing out the layers and spray painting the pieced together Deadpool knife rack and voila (again), she now has a custom made Deadpool knife block specific to the nice knives she already had in her kitchen. Amazing!
Posted in 3D Printing Application
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Tiffany wrote at 4/14/2016 6:13:58 PM:
Please start selling these
yzorg wrote at 4/13/2016 5:38:51 PM:
hm, i have my problems to accept the outlandish popularity of Deadpool. I am comicfan aswell as comic artist myself. still - never heard of him before 2016 with the movies and games... I say, we should have the caesar bust for storing Knives too... The real Julius Caesar after all was killed by knives.