Here is the beginning of a Scottish basket hilt project in which I’m using 3D design and printing to aid in the construction of the hilt. Basket hilts are complex in their structure and it helps to have some sort of bench model to work off of. I recently discovered ‘3D printing’ technology and I immediately recognized it’s potential use for making these models..as well as actual structures since the ‘printing’ process also includes the use of steel. But for this first project I’m simply using the plastic product to aid in construction of an iron version. And the model itself, along with a tigerwood blade will work as a stand-alone piece of artwork. I collaborated with David Wood on this project. David is an up and coming 3D designer who was great to work with on this project. You can see his design work for this, and some our other projects here: http://www.shapeways.com/model/925223/scottish-basket-hilt.html?li=moreFromDesigner&material=27
This is currently a non-commissioned piece and will be available upon completion. Please let me know if you have an interest in the final work.