Just wanted to share one of the ways I’ve been using my form1! My friend and I have a toy comany, Rawrz Toys, and we make handmade cast resin toys. We start by designing in the computer, 3d print the masters, mold, cast duplicates, clean and paint them.
Previously we had been using a service to print for us. This was limiting because it was costly, and so we couldn’t iterate the design both artistically and technically (how we split up the toy for casting) as much as we wanted to. I purchased the form1 through kickstarter, and Rawrz toys has now been using it to prototype our toys. We have also been using it to make special "one off’ toys that we don’t mold and cast. Just clean up the print and paint it.
Once we started using the form1 in our process we started taking it along to shows where we sell our toys. We have a demonstration board on the table near us showing the process of making Rawrz Toys, and the printer has been a great part of the process. And it looks cool too! :) I get a mix of people who recognize it, suspect it’s a printer but don’t recognize it, and people who have never seen a 3d printer before and it blows their mind.
Recently we were fortunate enough to get featured in Make Magazines online video series: Make Believe. There we showed our whole process, including a part on the form1! (updated link)
Form1 also got a shoutout at the review of the Santa Rosa Maker Faire
If you want to see more about what Rawrz Toys is up to, check us out at www.rawrztoys.com We have a bunch of pictures of how we make them too.
Most of the small animals in these pictures are cast resin toys. The whale is about an inch high. The alligator shown is a early prototype, and is a form1 print that we painted up. Accessories are a fun part of our toy line. (previously we had donuts, small top hat, bows, and a few other things) In these pictures are accessories that are straight from the form1 printer and painted… Pirate hat, party hat, princess hat, robinhood hat, wonky hat, waffle, wings, princess crown, gingerbread man, candy swirl and zombie bones. We will probably end up casting some of these down the road, but for now are just going to print up a bunch and use those. Also, the picture that has the whale twice the size of the others is a 3d print, sanded and painted up.