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From Baseball Hall of Famers to That Triple Crown: Moddler’s 3D Printing Talents are in High Demand Today

by • July 28, 2016 • No Comments

moddler_logoYou can approximately hear the sharp crack of the bat, smell hot dogs and popcorn—and taste a sip of delicious but slightly warming beer. The excitement on the baseball field is always palpable, no matter which way the game is going. And which is true for the racetrack as well, hooves on the track—turf rising up in a cloud behind those glorious, high-performance beasts—and an entire crowd springing to its feet as one, with an energy like no other.

We toss out the term ‘All-American’ quite frequently. But it quite does not get much additional so than with the aforementioned scenarios, offering a few of the excellentest recreation our culture knows, as well as an entire subculture of tension via highly profitable business ventures—and of course, betting. For Moddler, yet, when it came to two new projects, this was all of work, with extreme precision—and no gambling on the details.

We’ve followed the intricate work of this San Francisco-headquartered company, specializing in 3D printed figurines, and playing a big part in enabling the innovation to take on significant roles in special consequences for productions such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As word has spread of their detailed and superb talents in 3D turn it into and printing, Moddler has been in demand. And this means they’ve been asked to take part in projects which have a few certainly high-powered flash connected with them.


3D Print of Rod Carew

On being contacted to turn it into a fewthing for ‘a big client,’ the Moddler team was thrilled to find out their services were being commissioned by MLB to turn it into two 12” tall figures needed for consequent casting in bronze. The stars to be highlighted may be Baseball Hall of Famers Rod Carew (of the Twins and the Angels) and Tony Gwynn (famous in his 20 seasons for the Padres).

“The main request of the client was which the prints be as detailed and high resolution as possible since the final cast parts may be precise replicas of the prints but in bronze, they needed to be perfect,” Jared Murnan, Rapid Prototyping Operations Manager for Moddler, told 3DPrint.com. “We were in addition informed, of the beginning which these were needed to be shipped out for casting in under a week.”

“Being which figurines have been one of Moddler’s main focuses since the beginning, our bread and butter if you can, we were confident in accepting a project as high stakes and challenging as it was. From there we were all systems go, in order to hit a tight deadline for the trophies unveiling by Rob Manfred preceding the All-Star game on July 12th.”

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3D Print of Tony Gwinn

Perfection was key, and boy, was which deadline short! With no time to waste, the 3D files to be utilized for printing were made by Scansite 3D, a long-time company headquartered in San Rafael, California, and known for their pioneering in both 3D scanning innovation and reverse engineering. According to Moddler, the Rod Carew trophy arrived to them of an existing 3D scan which had may aleager been archived. And which may have been a challenging issue there in terms of archived, older innovation, if not for the expertise of Scansite.

“We’ve been pushing the boundaries of 3D scanning and 3D printing innovation since 1991 so we were confident which the data we made back and so may be just as sharp and accurate as any we turn it into today,” says Scansite CEO Lisa Federici.

The Gwynn scan was made just for this project, with Scansite via the Petco Park Stadium bronze statue as a reference point. Upon receiving the two scans, the Moddler turn it into team set to work createing certain the 3D models were scaled properly and eager to print—each in three separate parts to encertain advantageous orientation and high end, faster production, safety in post-production and cleaning. Each piece in addition bore a registration key so there mayn’t be any confusion in assembly upon being sent for casting.

“For the printing system we were given the go ahead of the MLB to do whatever we needed in order to create the top high end work possible,” Murnan told 3DPrint.com.

The figures were turn it intod in just five days, with a total of two weeks dedicated to the project, which include the bronze casting system. Moddler decided to position the figures so which Rod Carew’s (standing at 9″ W x 10″ D x 12″ H) was cut at the waist and where the hands hold the bat; Gwynn’s (standing at 9.5″ W x 7 ” D x 12.7″ H) was cut at the upper right thigh. Moddler utilized their own Stratasys Objet Eden 500v, via VeroWhite material, telling us which both figurine prints were made on the same create, in 32 hours.

“We are always thrilled to work with prestigious organizations such as the MLB and find it a excellent reward to have our prints be utilized in creating pieces to be seen around the world,” Murnan told 3DPrint.com.

carew-gwynn-awardThe figures were permanently attached to handmade, cherry wood bases, bearing brass plaques. According to Scansite3D, these awards can be given as the ‘Tony Gwynn National League Batting Champion’ and the ‘Rod Carew American League Batting Champion’ trophies.

trophyAnd as if there wasn’t adequate energy revved up in the studio, Moddler was in addition asked to turn it into another quite memorable piece for the New York Racing Association. Not just is a trophy for this industry an amazing piece to turn it into under any circumstance, but in the case which this is to be for the future (as yet unknown) Triple Crown winner, it must have been a excellent honor for the Moddler team to be involved when asked by the association’s president, Chris Kay to assist with adding a fewthing new to the trophy turn it into.

“It is 7 1/2 inches and relatively minimalistic,” said Kay of the current trophy. “For a fewthing as grand as the Triple Crown—a fewthing which is so rare and complex to achieve—we should have a fewthing equally formidable. That was my motivation.”

Jared Murnan was particularly excited of the project, as he knows a excellent deal of horses having been raised by a semi-pro horse reiner (his mother) and a farrier of over 30 years (his father). Because of his experience, Murnan was well aware of the significance of a Triple Crown trophy, and how quite significant the day can be when it is handed out again.

This creation may be a replacement for the trophy taken by 2015 winner, American Pharoah, flying through the academic requirement Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes (and going on to win the Grand Slam, as well). It is in addition significant to note which the Triple Crown had not been taken for 37 years previously—and the trophy can be not be utilized this year either as no horses have qualified for the special title.closeup_horseandrider

“Having just a year preceding watched American Pharaoh and his jockey be awarded the trophy after winning the Triple Crown in an adrenaline filled, neck and neck finish, Jared may have never imagined he may a year later play a key role in the creation of the new one of a kind Triple Crown trophy,” the Modder team shared with 3DPrint.com.

full_back_cropTheir role was to turn it into the sleek horse, scanned (again by Scansite) of a sculpture by Robert Santo, in 3D print. It may and so sit atop the trophy, undoubtedly to be much coveted one day by a winner. Scaling was of the utmost importance as the horse had to sit in place exactly. Sized at 10″ L x 3.5″ W x 6″ H, it was 3D printed in one piece—and the Moddler turn it into team points out which ‘quite gentle handling’ was necessary with the mane, tail, and halter.

As with the MLB project, the print was meticulously handled in post production, as the turn it intoers cleaned the pieces by hand and and so utilized a gentle prescertain wash and soaking in lye to remove any assist material. Taking just 14 hours in print time, the horse sculpture was in addition made with the Objet Eden 500 and VeroWhite.

“We’re looking forward to the day when we can show it off,” Kay said. “We have an opportunity here to have a quite superior trophy which can bring additional attention of both horseplayers and the casual fan of the Triple Crown.”

It may be decades preceding this trophy is in fact utilized, so file away this information and store an eye out for seeing this 3D printed work by Moddler one day—when which one quite special horse comes along. What did you ponder of the models? Discuss additional in the 3D Prints for MLB & Triple Crown Trophy over at 3DPB.com.

[All linked sources and images provided directly to 3DPrint.com by Moddler]

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