Elephant Head

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Project by PapaGary posted 01-08-2021 01:28 PM 758 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A year ago Christmas, one of my granddaughters wanted a small reclining chair for her bedroom, so when I was at the furniture store picking it up, I noticed an elephant head, made out of plastic, hanging on the wall with a $129 price tag. I decided I could do one of those, but better, using Aspire and double sided cutting.

This one is about 1/3 bigger than the one I saw. It is 24” wide, 22” tall and 12” deep. I made it out of MDF, and used a silver-nickel powder metal coating. I experimented using a solvent dye patina on the tusks and around its eyes.
The model was just a free download, where there are a zillion of them on the internet. I sliced it into five 2-1/4” sections using Netfabb software, used for repairing stl’s. The problem, each slice they were all hollow. Almost all 3D models you download are meant for 3D printing so they are usually hollow.

Although some I could repair in Netfabb, I imported most of them into ZBrush because it was faster and I could also enhance them. After that, each section was imported into Aspire, where I did the double-side machining. I glued three 3/4” MDF panels together to get the 2-1/4” thickness, and making it so I didn’t need extra-long mills.
I cut an 8d nail to use it in the end of the tusk so it would give it strength besides gluing it to the rest of the model. The metal powder is mixed with polyester resin, so when that’s applied, it also adds a little strength which made everything very solid.


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#1 posted 01-08-2021 02:24 PM

pretty cool

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#2 posted 01-08-2021 04:20 PM

Very well done!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 01-09-2021 08:21 AM


-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#4 posted 01-09-2021 08:31 AM

Very clever, very realistic.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#5 posted 01-10-2021 06:02 PM

That looks great. Nice use of the technology.

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#6 posted 02-06-2021 04:55 PM

Just love this elephant! Super cool…......

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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