Future Factory at Monster Kolor Wrap-up   Leave a comment


On January 25th fans of awesome homemade toys descended on the Monster Kolor shop in Middleboro, MA for the first ever Future Factory!  Future Factory was a class on making toys using 3D printing hosted by Prometheus rising Studios (me), Brownnoize Productions, and Mechazone.  The three of us brought our 3D printers and acetone setup to make toys live at the studio.  Participants were able to chose from a stable of designs between the three of us and have the toy printed while they waited.  Read on for details about what turned out to be a fantastic afternoon of toy fun!


Participants got to pick their designs, printed in different colors by each artist, and have the toy made while they wait.  Once we got the printers running, we walked everyone through our backgrounds and toy making processes.  We discussed the software used to model, the process of designing models for 3D printing, our experiences with owning and operating 3D printers, and our inspirations for the toys we have designed.  Here you can see Prometheus Rising Heavy Industries Units 1 and 2 warming up and preparing to print.

ff-05 I brought my two UP Mini printers, and David and Sanjeev both brought their Afinia-H series printers.  The two models are something of cousins, produced by the same manufacturers in China and sharing many components, but distributed by two different companies stateside.  Everything went off without a hitch and the printers happily cranked out eight finished toys in the span of a few short hours.


While the printers were chugging away the three of us gave our talks about the process and why we do what we do.  I may have been the first of our little Boston-area creative collective to start using a home-level 3D printer to make finished toys, but I have no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help and support of these two plastic masters.  Pictured from left to right: Mechazone (David), me, and Brownnoize (Sanjeev).



ff-08Once the printers had completed their runs, we had to clean up the parts before assembly and acetone vapor bath (AVB) treatment.  Sanjeev, David, and I have met up plenty of times to talk shop, but it’s still always interesting to me to see the different ways we each do things given similar tools and materials.  For one thing, look at those heavy duty cutting gloves on Sanjeev!  I find gloves too cumbersome and unwieldy, opting instead to take the battle damage to my hands as it comes.  When you love doing something, you’ve got to be willing to bleed for it!

avbOnce we had finished cleaning up and assembling the figures, they were ready for the acetone bath!  Click the photo to go watch a short clip on Monster Kolor’s Flickr Stream, where I grabbed most of these photos from.




By now Instagram is chock-full of great shots of the toys people had printed at the class.  Be sure to check out the hashtag #FutureFactory for more 3D printed mecha action like the shots above, shamelessly taken from some of my buds’ feeds.  Shown above are Brownnoize’s Shogun Voyagers in black, lime green, and red, PRHI Bounce Tortoise and Stalking Toad in gray, and Mechazone’s Hammerhead up front in green and black.  The three of us have been working together on this class for months and bounce design advice off each other constantly, but I love how diverse and distinctive our toys’ styles are.

2014-01-25 12.03.22In addition to toys printed live, each of us brought a whole mess of finished toys for sale.  Above is the Prometheus Rising Heavy Industries spread, with a six inch Iron Man figure that snuck in there for scale.  Featured are DX Bounce Tortoises and Strike Tortoises, Mini Bounce Tortoises, Stalking Toads, and Gun Drones, Micro BTs, STs, and GDs, and some Allarounds for good measure.  Oh, and those two big meaty Blockmen in the middle, not for sale but present to show off the current state of that project.  I didn’t get good shots of Sanjeev and David’s spreads, but you can catch glimpses of them in all the photos above.  The two of them brought some incredible heat, showing off how much could be done with different color plastics, rather than my fully painted approach.  Leftovers from the show will be available soon on the Monster Kolor web shop, and I will be sure to post pics when they go live.

I think that about does it.  The class was a huge success and we were so happy with the turnout and enthusiasm people brought.  Our goal was to de-mystify some of what we’ve been doing to encourage more people to look at 3D printing for their toy making ideas, and to make sure everybody left with at least one slick new robot toy.  The first Future Factory was an incredible time, and there will certainly be more in the future.  I want to thanks Sanjeev and David for their hard work bringing this show together, and to Matt Walker for providing us such an incredible space to show off what we do.  For now, enjoy some more pics from the class below, and keep your eye on PRS for full galleries of all the toys I brought and a link to the remaining for sale items when they go live!




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