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Romanian Three-Tail Male - 3-D Printed Sculpture by LeccathuFurvicael Romanian Three-Tail Male - 3-D Printed Sculpture by LeccathuFurvicael
View the digital model here: [link]

Holy crap.... holy crap, this is actually REAL!!!!! I am still in a bit of shock to see it, and to see how well it turned out. YES!!!

This is my final project for my 3-D Modeling and Physical Output course. This sculpture was first made in ZBrush, and then sent as an STL file to a 3-D printer on my campus, to then be 'printed' out in a stack of layers cemented to one another as each is stacked on top of the other. This is printed in a resin-like plastic, and is quite durable. I may attempt to sand down some of the rougher edges and see if it can be done.

This sculpture is also on the smaller side, at 7 inches long, 3-4 inches wide, and roughly 2 inches tall - it is great as a 'desk buddy' that won't clutter up space too much.

I may not have access to a 3-D printer in the immediate future, but I am very interested in offering custom character sculptures printed out in this way (posed of course, or static if one prefers), though due to time for creating a unique 3-D model and the amount of poly errors to fix when sending these models to a printer, they may be rather expensive (around the $200-$400 level).

I have to say, seeing my own unique dragon species, a thing that I have put so much effort, research, time, and passion into, seeing these creatures as a physically tangible thing, has begun to satisfy a fantasy that I have always wished to become reality; seeing my Romanian Three-Tails in the flesh. This is a very small step in that direction, but my heart just races when I can admire, touch, and observe in reality.

I am also very happy with myself to see that this model looks so...plausible, and fluid. How the membrane connects to the body with natural grace; how the subtle play of light naturally accentuates the forelimb musculature; the way the caudal spines cast their shadows over the rest of the tail; the manner in which the wing digits fold and appear to be unidirectional from one view, but then display a gentle inclination upward in another, as one sees in bats... some things just can't be appreciated so fully in two dimensions, but the third dimension of physical space grants me that very thing I've been craving for so long.

This is the start of something very, very special and dear to me. I love it!!!

Art and model created by Stephanie Dziezyk/LeccathuFurvicael 2013.
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R-Eventide Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So awesome!!!!!  :D :D :D :D  I can imagine how it feels to see and touch a 3-D version!  Amazing work you did with the 3-D model!
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LeccathuFurvicael Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
It really is a completely surreal experience! Something that I've rendered in 2D for so long, even 3D in 2D on a monitor, is finally in my hands, and palpable. Absolutely amazing. I need to print out a female at some point, but I have so many projects in my head and in my WIP folders already! ^^ Thanks so much for your comment.
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Dutch-Mogul Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really beautiful work! I saw this on Thingiverse and had to track down a printed version. Looks fantastic. What I wouldn;t give to have access to that kind of printer!
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theangrypencil Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey come by this site - we are working really hard trying to obtain startup funding for this 3D printing company. Thanks! www.projecttoybox.com
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AguaRush11 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i just want a 3d printer so badly lol i wish i could try this
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LeccathuFurvicael Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Tell me about it - it is really quite amazing. ^^
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emilysodders Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so cool!
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LeccathuFurvicael Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Thank you! : D
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:icondraconis-de-christus:
Holy Schnap! a character commission using 3D printing? That is a new level of amazing.
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LeccathuFurvicael Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
:D I am super stoked for what I could do in the future! ^^
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Drekena Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This makes me both happy and kind of sad, because it is so much more tangible and real, yet still an inanimate object. It reminds me of my childhood when I wanted so much to be able to fly. This struck me on a very deep level, sorry if I sound strange!

I would love to paint this and other sculptures, it's so fun to work on such a small scale. Heck, you should go into business and make figurines! I know I would buy one, I'm trying to convince myself that I don't NEED a three foot long version of Kena and it is very difficult. I have birthday money headed my way, I'll have to seriously debate it.
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LeccathuFurvicael Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
No worries: ) - I definitely have felt similar things that you have described. It is a strange mix of elation and yet slight disappointment. I'll happily utilize that disappointment to go further and see how I can progress with posed models, interacting scenes, etc.

I would love to sell varied poses of my 3-tails, for sure! They would certainly be cheaper than custom sculptures, due to lack of need to model a whole new creature, fix any errors as it is transmitted to the printer, and such. If I ever get myself a personal printer, man, these puppies would fly! XD I still have to look into Shapeways or some other 3D printing company in the meantime.

Man, sculpting Kena would be truly awesome :heart:.

Thank you for your comment! ^^ It's always great to hear from you.
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pcwarhead Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
That's awesome but its still missing holding a beer can btw. jk
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LeccathuFurvicael Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
*laughs!* I think this dragon would prefer a gin and tonic - he's just classy like that. ;)
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Slipping-Star Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
What happened with the foreleg?
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:iconleccathufurvicael:
LeccathuFurvicael Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
In the printing process, the limb had broken off, and was glued back on with epoxy. : )
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Slipping-Star Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That's sad. v.v
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Scarlet-Harlequin-N Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
gaaaahhh! This is awesome! If I had 200$ and a good enough 3-d digital rendering I would not hesitate for orekroark DX. I'm jealous of your new physical buddy.
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LeccathuFurvicael Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
I have definitely been pretty fascinated by your orekroarks, for sure! That would be a gorgeous model. :heart:
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Scarlet-Harlequin-N Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
and now I imagine a life sized... wonderful guard dog that would be!
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LeccathuFurvicael Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Holy crap, yeah! I would LOVE to have a bronze statue of a 3-tail or other dragon in my yard to ward off trespassers, mwahaha. xD
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Scarlet-Harlequin-N Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
That would be amazing
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crystal-rain-fox Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow....I wish I could physically touch my own creations like that
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LeccathuFurvicael Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
It really is something else. :heart: ^^
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crystal-rain-fox Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man if only I could do that with Evonon or Shanna
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swampmarsh Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is by far the best 3D printing I've ever seen. All the others I've come across (though admittedly I haven't really sought them out) seem to be very simple, block-based things. This, on the other hand, is beautiful!
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LeccathuFurvicael Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Oh dear - 3D printing does sound awfully disappointing if all I had seen were blocky objects. It really is something else, I have to say! I am so excited to do more as soon as I can. : ) Thank you for your comment!
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swampmarsh Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D No prob!
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starfleet Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I must say Steph, that this came up amzing, and it proves that the higher detail areas work, would be intresting to see how much more it could have come up with some more time and the like..

On sanding it should be fine, 'should' being the word there.
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LeccathuFurvicael Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Thank you very much! I am extremely happy to see how much resolution was kept overall. : D Definitely looking forward to greater things!

Aye - I have attempted some light sanding, and it does help a decent amount! I still kind of wish I had another copy to not be worried about breaking as I test out different techniques for painting, sanding, etc., but this will do for now. <3
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shadechristiwolven Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Of all the 3D-printed sculptures I've seen (which, admittedly, isn't that many....) this is, by far, the highest example of how truly beautiful and wonderful they can be! The other sculptures I've seen have far more flaws (I'm assuming polygons that looked good on screen but whacked up during printing), and didn't have nearly this amount of sculptural and technical prowess - or the amount of heart!

I am absolutely amazed, because the quality of the pieces I have seen prior to this one led me to believe that the 3D printing process is still in its "infancy" stages as far as artistic application; you have deftly proved that preconception wrong!

And now I'm jelly that my old school had to cut the 3D printing class........
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LeccathuFurvicael Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Oh wow - that is a very high compliment! And that is interesting to know about the greater amount of flaws in other models. It is very hard to fully anticipate what the printed model will do when looking at it from a modeling program that may gloss over some issues that will not be tolerated while printing. I feel very lucky!

I am so excited to continue on and see where I may get in the near future - anticipate posed models, potential multi-figure interactions, etc. : D

Thank you for your comment! It is very greatly appreciated.
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Draelen Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
This is beautiful! o_o

I looked at those beautiful overhanging wings and wondered how on earth the 3d printer managed to print those!

Was this printed upside down? It's the only way I can think how, except for those magic stereolithography 3dprinter thingamajigs !
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LeccathuFurvicael Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
This model was printed in a matrix of powder - a resin/liquid was injected into the powder, and the powder was made firm/glued together. This model was printed from feet to spines. : D

Thank you for your comment! : )
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Mahlattu Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student General Artist
A 3D printer?! How... O.O
But he's very handsome! Those wings :heart:

But...a 3D printer...HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE
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LeccathuFurvicael Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
It really is mind-blowing, isn't it? It is a fascinating process for sure - a resin or plastic is extruded on a bed that moves up and down, layer by layer. The methods that can be used with this basic setup is quickly growing, and I myself barely know of them.

Thank you for your comment! ^^
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AguaRush11 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my GOSH! this is BEAUTIFUL
WOW
3d printers! who knew
i love this. so gorgeous!
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LeccathuFurvicael Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
:D I'm pretty darn gobsmacked by this whole process myself - absolutely amazing!

Thank you for your comment! : )
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AguaRush11 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome! so happy for you
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Kth-dragon Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
This is beautiful. I'm so glad you were finally able to get this guy "made real," so to speak. All the research and care you put in really shows.
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LeccathuFurvicael Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Awgh, you are very kind. ^^ Thank you so much - I am just busting at the seams that this has been completed!!
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Kth-dragon Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
You're most welcome, and I'm sure! I'd probably feel the same if a species I created and nurtured had come to the same level of fruition. ^..^
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LeccathuFurvicael Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
:heart:
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JadeRavenwing Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Wish I had a 3D printer. xD
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LeccathuFurvicael Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
I wish that I had one too!! Thankfully, there are some that can be literally built, and that aren't extremely expensive (still expensive at around $1000, but untouched savings may allow for that in the span of years) - once I have a more permanent place of residence, I may take that fateful step into personally owning one myself. :heart:

Thanks for the comment!
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irisstanley Featured By Owner May 8, 2013   Digital Artist
This looks so amazing!
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LeccathuFurvicael Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
:D Thank you! If you're around next semester, I think you may be able to see it in reality!
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philosophe07 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
pretty sick.
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LeccathuFurvicael Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Thanks ^^
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