When it comes to 3D printing, virtually anything goes. Whether it be a ‘mini me’ of one’s self, a functional prosthetic hand, or even something as controversial as a firearm or knife, you must admit that the technology has really unleashed the creativity among 3D designers. You may recognize the name Richard Swika from some of his recent work which was featured on 3DPrint.com – The subsequent attention that the ‘Kim’ (Kardashian)’ model received has since skyrocketed the model to the most viewed object on the very popular 3DShare. Continuing in this theme of outrageous and provocative 3D prints, he has now released the first of his next set of “Sexy Jello Wrestling Females”, a series of detailed models optimized for 3D printing.
Our first wrestler is Vee, who is modeled to be posing and taking a Jello bath in the reusable “Sexy Jello Bath” 3D printable display base. You can display Vee as printed, or snap the jello floor into the matching Jello Pool model (available separately), to complete this eye catching and protective display. Print Vee taking her Jello Bath at 0.1 mm, with support set to 48 degrees and 2.5mm..
We sat down with Richard to see where he gets his inspiration and when he first heard about the possibilities of 3D printing?
Richard Swika: I’ve been a ‘midnight inventor’ my entire life and I come from a family surrounded by extremely mechanically inclined older brothers and nephews. Over the years we’ve build just about every conceivable R/C model, ranging from jet airplanes, to fighting robots, both gas and electric powered. So it was only natural to get into 3D printing once it became affordable. I had built my share of CNC machines and laser cutters for our projects, but it was my nephew Bob whom was the first to research and build a working 3D printer. At first, I’d send my designs to him for printing while I learned how it all worked. It wasn’t long until I could no longer resist, and I purchased my own machine. Since then, I’ve been designing and printing nonstop. It turned out to be a lot easier than I expected. Now, whatever comes into my mind, I can make. It is really great. For a creative person, this is a revolution and very it’s empowering!
Richard obviously has been exploring the many different possibilities for being creative, from the more risque models that have proved so appealing for some, to something as tame-yet-functional as a ‘Useful Clip Assortment’. So we decided to ask him what his most rewarding print had been thus far?
Richard Swika: My favorite design is the ‘Zombie Queen’. It was my first serious design, and it was intended for 3D printing right from the start. I made it as a feasibility study to see if 3D printing was suitable for such a project. I’ve received a lot of positive comments saying it was realistic and scary. In the correct lighting it does almost looks alive, or should I say undead. Needless to say it proved that 3D printing was up to the challenge of even the most demanding projects, and in this case produced astonishing results.
As you can see from the above image, combining multiple techniques from the worlds of rapid manufacture and special effects results in quite the gruesome character. This level of prop manufacturing was previously limited to the industry professionals, but this just goes to show that there are limitless possibilities for 3D printing. As someone with such a broad portfolio of styles, we’re curious to see what Richard sees next for the space.
Richard Swika: I saw 3D printed cars at the SEMA show last year and I read where they are 3D printing houses right now out of cement. Last year I proposed that NASA should be 3D printing the Mars base by extruding and laser fusing Mars dust using a huge crane-sized 3D printer. The idea of 3D printing can be extended to make anything. The technology needs to mature, but it is just a matter of time until most items will be 3D printed on demand as needed. I don’t think size is a limiting factor, but large and small will be done this way.
A man with big ambition we’re sure you’ll agree. Be sure to follow how he progresses with the sexy jello wrestlers. You never know, if his designs keep getting this much attention, NASA may soon be on the phone looking for some design advice. What will we see next? A 3D printed model of Kim Kardasian on Mars?
What do you think of Richard Swika’s designs? Are they too over-the-top, or is this something that opens up the 3D printing space even more? Discuss in the 3D Printed Sexy Jello Wrestlers forum thread on 3DPB.com.
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