Modeling Lighting & Rendering Class Assignments

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This outdoor scene was my final project for Modeling Lighting & Rendering 1 in Fall 2015. Just about all of the materials in this frame were added by hand, and most of the textures were made for the scene using procedural materials methods.

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This frog with a Modeling Lighting & Rendering 2 assignment. We were tasked with taking a UV Mapped 3D Mesh and painting it in 3D Coat, exporting an AO map, Normal Map, Displacement Map, and Color Map. These maps were then mapped to a .obj file in C4D where I rendered the frog in a studio lighting setup.

CanSat – Nasa sponsored project in collaboration with U. Brideport Grad Students

In July of 2014, I was contacted by a group of graduate students from the University of Bridgeport. They were participating in a competition sponsored by NASA called CANSAT. In CANSAT, teams are challenged to design and manufacturing a satellite to ultimately be tested a launch site in Abilene, Texas.

The students reached out to me, as far as I could tell, because they were so busy with their coursework. When their semester finally ended and they had time to finally start building, the University closed down the machine shop for the summer. They messaged the 3D Printing Club’s facebook page and after a brief conversation with the team leader, I invited the group to come to my home machine shop in Greenwich, CT. At the time the garage was very well furnished with all sorts of tools and I welcomed the grad students to use them. I was surprised that they had made it so far through academia without developing a knack for power tools, so I had to intervene a lot!

Because of myself and the 3D printer I utilized for printing their parts short notice, I was able to rapidly iterate and accelerate their design process. Based off my experience with 3D printers and FDM printed parts, I successfully educated the engineering team towards what they needed to do to increase the manufacturability/printability of their design without sacrificing strength.

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X-Carve CNC Router

Okay, so I caved. The previous CNC machine was sold to pay for a new Macbook back in 2014, and it was collecting dust for a while so I didn’t feel too bad about getting rid of it… I saw the need to get a new router when I started brainstorming for my Full Body 3D Scanner V2…. I wanted to cut the huge pieces that were over 2′ in either direction on this new router.

I eventually decided to pre-order an X-Carve kit, and assembled it over a few weeks with my girlfriend! It works very well, my only gripe is that the GRBL firmware it runs off isn’t exactly real-time. G-code is streamed to the controller through a local server on my computer that relays g-code generated from the X-carve website. It’s very complicated to make this router 3D carve, but Mastercam should be able to create g-code for it!

Anyway, here it is!
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UConn 3D Printing Club

In 2013, I helped found the University of Connecticut’s first 3D Printing Club. With my executive board we created a place for students to collaborate on creative design and engineering solutions. This is a club that is open to all members of the university community, not just engineers, and embraces all aspects of the 3D printing community, both functional and artistic. The club meets at least once a week and host design competitions, plan outreach events, and discuss advances in the technology.

Here’s the club facilities, located within a Material Science Lab on the second floor of the Engineering 2 building.

Here’s a feature video the University made about me and 3DPC in 2015, for their YouTube Channel.

This photo was taken Mid-2014 I believe, this was back when the Club only had one single printer – a bulletproof MakerGear M2 that we’ve since put tens of thousands of hours on!
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This was the first meeting of Fall 2014
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During the first meeting of Spring 2015, members were challenged to create the tallest spaghetti tower possible, using only 20 strands of spaghetti. The final tower had to withstand a load 4 marshmallows at the very top of the structure!
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A young boy staring at an in-progress print during a KUBE program we collaborated on, sponsored by the Asian American Cultural Center.
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Excited prospective engineering students from surrounding CT high schools eying a Makerbot Replicator 2 3D Printer as it prints a bust of me, during the UConn School of Engineering’s event ‘Exploring Engineering.’
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