Friday, June 3, 2011

Link roundup

1. Linkin Park art contest.

2. Another very negative review of Games Workshop's resin finecast miniatures (scroll past the swell photos France).

3. The guy who won a million dollars by throwing a perfect game in video game Major League Baseball 2K11 did a lot of research on real players.

1 comment:

  1. I posted this same comment about the Game Workshop pieces on his blog, but thought I'd share my two cents here so people don't have to scroll through a bunch of vacation photos.

    Hi, i'm a designer who specializes in the creating of custom collectibles. I only mention that so that you can see where I'm coming from. I've done short run spin casting for some of my products and know the limitations that come with it. The bubbles are from the spinner spinning too fast when the material is injected or poured, causing the material to particulate upon entering the mold and reconstituting in the negative space with air bubbles. They probabaly used the same setup for the metal, but the metal won't particulate like plastic will. Hopefully, they will learn over time to slow the machine down a bit when injecting the plastic.

    As for the warping, that shouldn't happen if the mold is airtight. What you are probably experiencing is minimal shrinkage allowances in the resin. The thick areas will have more shrinkage than thinner areas, as more heat is generated the thicker the pieces. This may be unavoidable, since their resin is probably a rapid set (two to five minute flash time). The slower set times results in less shrinkage, but the turnaround time is increased, which means less can be made in the same time, hurting the bottom line.

    I hope they can address these issues, as the resin is an easier material to work in, but with every new production process, problems will arise. The first few runs will most likely have great pulls and not so great pulls, so visually inspect the pieces before you buy, if you can. Give them time and they will most likely improve, or go the way of New Coke.

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