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Old 05-01-2012, 02:50 AM
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Hello, making my way into art.

I've worked at an arts and crafts store for years, and haven't actually practiced much art at all since I graduated high school.

Did better in the three-dimensional additive styles of arts in school, owing to the fact that I have hands that are steady but generally uncooperative.

My style is generally contemporary, tending toward industrial--unsurprising, since I spend much more time in the garage as machinist. It's just that my time on the lathe and mill center on function with a lack of excess, and there's not much expression to be had with aluminum and compressed air.

My machining experience is mostly pneumatic and centered around hobbies such as paintball, from basic custom parts to an entire marker ('gun') you could fit in the palm of your hand, to many many parts of my college's electric race cart.

My art (mostly way back when) employed bolts and scrap metal and, now that I'm trying painting, airbrushed (I used it for protective paints on machines) stencils--I rely more on the hardware side of things, lacking talent of my own.

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Old 05-01-2012, 09:54 AM
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Re: Hello, making my way into art.

That sounds really interesting. I'd love to see what you do.
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:12 AM
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Re: Hello, making my way into art.

Well, for the school stuff...
This is me (I didn't even know about this picture!) racing the old car. It's a loaner, designed as proof that a car can be made with no welds. The only design our team did was the front forks.

I blew the motor halfway through that race.


And this is the new, non-loaner car. That is not me driving, but the design of this car is about 75% mine. The front wheels are supposed to have a camber to them, but the current build leader doesn't understand the importance of adjustable camber--or any at all, really--on the steering system.

My largest contributions were in making the car shorter (around 6'2", opposed to the loaner's 9'7"), with a wheelbase just as wide and literally almost half as long. The new design is less than a third the weight, not counting the batteries and driver.
A single person can maneuver this in and out of the elevator to out build room, including propping it up.

I don't often have pictures of my machining work, because it's usually replacements for broken parts or improvements.



Such as this. On the left is the pressure regulator from a paintball marker called an Automag. It's almost solid stainless steel, and weighs maybe three-quarters of a pound on its own. On the right is the replacement cap of my own design, made of aluminum. The postal scale says it weighs 1.2 ounces, and that's including a padded envelope.
You still need a regulator, but most players add one in place of a foregrip anyway. The stock one is an excellent regulator but is redundant at that point.
So, using one of my caps saves half a pound of weight and 1.25 inches of length--important for the 'front' players, who need to move quick and often prefer the smallest markers possible.


Alright, soapbox time is finished!

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Old 05-02-2012, 06:55 AM
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Hello , and a warm welcome to Wet Canvas, hope you enjoy your time here ,
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Oh wow, those are awesome! There's a thread here in the photography forum called "Motor Madness", you should show them your photos, they would really like them.
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Welcome. Thanks for introducing yourself. Best Wishes in your creative endeavors.
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