I am a self-taught 3D maker hobbyist. I design, prototype, print, market, and sell 3D models.
On this site, I will share information about my creations and the processes I use to achieve them. Most of the models you’ll see here are available through my shapeways storefront. When I have prototypes or other models I’m selling directly, I’ll list them here and possibly on eBay. There is always content with my models on shapeways, but this forum will allow me to share in a different way. I’m always looking for suggestions and feedback, so please feel encouraged to leave me a message through this website or my shapeways storefront.
Science fiction has always been one of my serious interests – books, television, movies – so science fiction designs tend to be one of my focus areas. I’ve always found tabletop gaming interesting for both the playable value and the easy collectability of designs due to the scale – so I have been developing a line of X-Wing Miniatures gaming scale ships. When I was a bit younger (wink, wink), I was a volunteer fireman and a bit of a Code 3 model collector – so I have been spending some time developing designs to enhance dioramas and other model displays.
As such, I work along three main themes:
: : : Bringing Designs to Life : : : Custom Models Inspired by Classic and Re-imagined Science Fiction : : :
: : : Focusing on Designs Not Mass Marketed : : : Scales: 1/32, 1/64, 1/72, 1/87.1, 1/1, and Others : : :
: : : Expanding X-Wing Gaming : : : Unique Designs for the 1/270 Game Scale : : :
: : : Focusing on Expanding the Game Universe with Other Genres : : : Scale: 1/270 : : :
: : : Scaling Down Reality : : : Accessories for Dioramas and Model Display : : :
: : : Focusing on “Code 3” Dioramas and Model Accessories : : : Scales: 1/32, 1/64, 1/72, 1/87.1 : : :
I started in June of 2014 with a first generation DaVinci 1.0 ABS printer (from XYZPrinting) that I purchased from Amazon. After printing only a few items I became far more interested in developing my own designs and ideas. I acquired several free software applications and began to play with a variety of models. It didn’t take long before I was printing my own items and making plenty of mistakes. Every failed print was a learning experience. After about six months, I was able to reliably make my own items. At that time, I was selling my prototypes on eBay to recover some of the cost of the printer itself.
As I progressed in skill, I needed a way to print models with even better resolution than my awesome DaVinci printer. I researched online printing firms and sent a few models to a small set of vendors. After comparing quality and pricing, I settled on shapeways as a good vendor to use. I now have many models successfully printed and delivered for customers by shapeways.
I relocated from Georgia to Texas in May of 2015. When I did this, I left my DaVinci 1.0 with a friend and I purchased a first generation Davinci Jr. PLA printer. I don’t actually print that much now as my skill level now requires much less prototype printing and iteration. I have also gotten an iBox Nano liquid-based printer that I intend to experiment with.
Thanks for visiting – I hope you enjoy what I’ve done!
7 June 2016
Project Worx Statistics
Yesterday I posted the 1/64 scale armored car requested by a customer. Today, I added a lightly hollowed version that reduces the material cost. When doing research looking at armored car models on google, I realized that this truck would also be great as…Read More
After 120 iterative versions of the Ark II, I uploaded the 1/72 version yesterday. I added the 1/87 and 1/64 scales today. In order to reduce the printing cost, I reduced the bulk by hollowing the main…Read More
shapeways completed worx updated as of 27 June 2017
My choice of projects has been driven by three factors:
- my personal interest in the designs;
- developing items that would otherwise be unavailable to model makers; and
- special requests or suggestions.
My oldest designs are from “V”, The Visitors, the classic 1980’s TV mini-series and series. I completed the bulk of the models and have not continued to add more to the “V” collection.
My focus then moved into designs from Battlestar Galactica (the 2000’s re-imagined series). I concentrated on model forms that were not mass marketed. I have continued to develop both spacecraft and support accessories to expand the Battlestar Galactica collection.
My Code 3 scaled accessories began as a special request that has been popular and continued to garner response from people. This is a collection where I am still actively adding models.
My final focus area – other than some miscellaneous items – has been X-Wing Miniatures Gaming scale spacecraft not from the Star Wars universe. This started as a special request to scale a “V” Skyfighter and I have continued to enhance the collection – most recently with Buck Rogers (the 1980-ish version) fighters.
My choice of primary scales to create models in is based upon several factors:
- the usefulness of the models size to model makers and collectors;
- the customer cost of the finally printed model; and
- potential integration of the model’s scale with other items it might be displayed with.
My base scale is 1/72 for all but the Code 3 scale accessories. At 1/72, I can integrate a good level of detail that can print successfully and still looks good when up-sized to 1/64. When I take models down to the smaller scales, I typically retain detail in a high resolution (hirez) version and then also create less detailed versions that are cheaper to print.
My models are offered in multiple scales. I have learned that most people don’t truly understand scale well (or at all). My primary offerings are:
- 1/64, often referred to as Matchbox or Hot Wheels scale. This scale results in models that are fairly large and integrate well with a variety of die-cast vehicles. Ironically, very few matchbox cars are true to this scale.
- 1/72, often referred to as Aircraft scale. This scale results in models that are still of good size to show detail in the design.
- 1/87.1, the typical railroad HO scale. This scale results in models that begin to require the reduction of fine detail to ensure successful printing.
- 1/270, the stated scale of Fantasy Flight Games X-Wing Miniatures Scale gaming system. This scale is used in some other gaming systems and can be popular with non-gaming collectors.
My choice to offer models in the particular materials has several drivers:
- the level of detail available in the model design itself;
- the overall cost of printing the model (when coupled with the chosen scale); and
- the ability to maintain consistent printability of the model in the material at scale.
My models are offered in three primary materials:
- White or black fused nylon referred to as strong and flexible. In reality these objects are not flexible and this material is excellent for finishing into display pieces.
- Polished fused nylon in white or other colors. These are a dyed and or tumbled models printed as a base white strong and flexible piece.
- Fine detail plastic – translucent but not transparent. These models are able to retain much more detail in smaller size designs. This printing method is more expensive, so it is usually reserved for higher resolution designs of smaller overall size.
My models are primarily of one-piece design and have no moving parts. In order to ensure printability, some models have thicker edges or some exaggerated features. I minimize these, but where they exist they are easily trimmed or sanded as part of the finishing process.
Really awesome work! 19 JULY 2016
Damn nice work my friend, you are fast. Im going have to call on your talents again soon. Thanx so much for this. 25 OCTOBER 2016
I love your Visitor Shuttles! 16 NOVEMBER 2016
WOW…I got your Panzerschreck-Kanone Pzk 10.5 weapon and it was perfect. 6 JANUARY 2017
Arrived today. A+ work. Thank you. 10 FEBRUARY 2017
I just got the StarFires and they are awesome. They will go great in my 6mm display. 16 FEBRUARY 2017
Hey Branden TOO COOL, you got me, although it’ll take a while to acquire all the pieces I want, but I will get them. 2 MARCH 2017
Absolutely brilliant…….can’t wait to get some of those and they, including the 35 mm version, will be in my Feb order for sure. 22 JANUARY 2017
Thanks so much for fast reply!!! These are great have been thinking of making custom figures from space 1999 but had no idea what to do about weapons!!! 14 MARCH 2017
you are the BOMB, thank you soooooo much. 28 MARCH 2017
Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but fortunately this is not that type of email! The landram arrived today! Looks good! Damn good! I will definitely be getting a few more in the near future! Thank you for the time and effort you put into making this. 19 MAY 2017
Love the Motion Picture style chairs! 20 JULY 2017
Super, WOW great work … 25 July 2016
… awesome job! 25 JULY 2016
Really nice work! 19 JUL 2016
That’s beyond awesome dude!!! 30 MAR 2016
Very good work! 9 JAN 2016
Bloody Marvellous !!! That’s what I think … 6 JAN 2015
Excellent work on the variety of V ships in 1:87 scale … 2 JUN 2015
Wow, thanks … Made my day … 13 JAN 2016
… my 1:72er ladder arrived … Very good work! 9 JAN 2016
Love the barrel and hand cart combination. … Thank you for your very quick response and updates … 29 MAR 2016
Combat Raptor Looks good, thanks … 31 MAR 2016
WOW,that is great work, a few more poses and I will have the entire hazmat team with my kitbashes THANKS AAAAAAAAAAAA+++++++++++ ON YOUR WORK … 6 FEB 2016
Nice job the cubits look great I plan on buying some here soon … 19 JAN 2016
I love your work! Just bought the 1/72 hi rez Blackbird, all the tool sets and ladder in 1/72 … 30 DEC 2015
Just got my Blackbird Stealth Viper. Beautiful! Perfect … I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but I’m just going to have to purchase more things from you in a bit here. The tools/jack, another blackbird (or 2)…and would encourage you to make more things like this … Anyway, Thank you! Great creation. You’ve...
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