These pieces were the start of my adventures with CAD/CAM. When I began to design on the computer (the first one was Ears), I first made 3D-printed Z Corporation cornstarch models, which can be used like wax in the lost-wax casting process.
Most of the pieces here are bronzes made from these starch models, cast in the traditional way by a great foundry in Rhode Island. (There are a couple of exceptions, one electroformed and one silver piece.)
This way of working produced beautiful objects, but it was difficult, costly, and labor-intensive. there was a lot of hand finishing and polishing, and many lost castings where the burnout or the pour failed. All of which meant that the sculptures had to be more expensive than I prefer.
When it became possible to do 3D printing directly in metal, I was very happy that the designs could be produced more reliably. The change freed me from the limits of casting, and I wanted my work to be more available and affordable. But still, these bronzes marked the first time I could make my designs as I'd always visualized them, so although I'm no longer working this way, these pieces are special to me.
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