Wedgwood Armour and Robot Arm

My final university piece was inspired by Italian Renaissance armourer Filippo Negroli and his examples of parade armour. The Wedgwood inspired finish is a personal touch reflecting on my upbringing in Stoke-on-Trent.
 

The way armour is treated like a fragile art piece on display is something I wanted to focus on. I achieved this by creating the armour from Jesmonite to mimic the look and qualities of a delicate ceramic vase.

 

Dream Machine demonstrates an artificially intelligent robotic arm breaking away from its human-controlled automation and fulfils its dream of becoming the creator. Taking my love of science-fiction and craftsmanship, I wanted to show the more creative and fun side of artificial intelligence, rather than the corrupt and immoral side often portrayed in the media.

Skills: Sculpting, Moulding, Casting, Animatronics, Finishing and Painting, Welding, Metalwork, Electronics

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Robotic Animatronic Arm

The main body of the robotic arm was a dense foam mannequin leg.  I used plasterboard fixings to secure the brackets for the linear actuators and the metal collar.

I really enjoyed working on the electronics and creating a 3-axis mechanism.  This consist of three servos that control the up, down and side to side movement of the head.

The main body has two linear actuators that control the forward and backwards motion at two points.  The rotational movement is controlled by a windscreen wiper motor, the voltage needed to be much lower than the linear actuators to get a slow smooth motion.

The servos, actuators and wiper motor are all controlled by a DMX control board and relay board.  I used a piece of software called VSA (Visual Show Automation) which enabled me to control and animate each motor so they all worked together making the robot arm move.

The base was constructed with 20mm box section steel, which I welded together.  The arm pivots on a 12mm steel rod inserted through bearings to get a nice smooth movement.  The whole piece sits on a wooden base which has a lazy susan attached to assist in the smooth rotational movement.

The head is a mixture of foam and 3D printed parts all sprayed a gunmetal colour.

 

Skills: Welding, Metalwork, Soldering, Electronics, 3D Printing

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Carnage character sculpt

For this university project, I chose Carnage from Spiderman because I wanted to try and sculpt something that was a little complicated.  I've always loved the fluidity and dynamic action of the character.  This was something I wanted to replicate and come across in the finish pose.  I really enjoyed sculpting the body texture and tendrils.

Skills: Sculpting

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Metal Lobster on Wood Sign

The lobster sign coincided with a scale model project of transforming a location around the university to something of my own choosing.  I chose a Japanese fish market and the lobster sign would be for a lobster restaurant or fish market stall.  I was enthusiastic about making the lobster from metal and stay as authentic as possible to how it would have been made for an outdoor sign.  To add to this authenticity, I added a rusty worn weathered look.  The Japanese words were laser etched onto a wooden panel, which was then stained.
 

Skills: Metal Sculpting, Finishing and Painting, Spot Welding, Woodwork, Laser Etching

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Running Dot

The London Relay is a running event that continuously runs a 10km and 5km route from London Bridge along the Thames river in London. It was the second year and they wanted to promote the charity they were working with, The Running Charity.
London Relay decided they wanted a 3D version of their logo, which would help raise money for the charity and promote the event.

They also wanted to have an iZettle card machine in the hand, so people could donate money by giving the sculpture a ‘High-five’ to donate £10 and a ‘Low-five’ to donate £5.  People also had the option to sign it.


The body was made from fiberglass and sprayed white and black, which had a metal internal structure to give it stability. It was secured to a strong wooden base and covered in articial grass.

Skills: Fiberglassing, Metalwork, Woodwork, Mould-Making, Finishing and Painting

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Transforming a Location (1:25 Scale Model Project)

This university project was part of the lobster sign.  The brief was to take a location within the college and transform it into a scene found in a film.  This would be visualised through a 1:25 scale card model, working from a hand-drawn technical drawing produced by me.  As you can see from the images below, I transformed one area of the college into a Japanese fish market.  This also included a working roller shutter door made from thin strips of brass and soldered together.

My favourite part was creating the corrugated wall and working roller shutter door, plus adding the weathered details.
 

Skills: Model-Making, Finishing and Painting, Working to Scale, Soldering

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