Boccioni - Spiral Expansion of Muscles in Movement 1913
Boccioni was a painter, turned sculptor. It is believed he was on a journey to turn his 2D visions into 3D forms. He tragically died aged 34 in a horse riding accident and shortly afterwards most of his work was damaged, destroyed or lost altogether.
Matt Smith found inspiration from his paintings and ended up taking a pilgrimage to Italy to understand more about his work. This fired his desire to try to replicate Boccioni's Spiral Expansion of Muscles in Movement 1913 plaster sculpture (destroyed 1917).
Matt's initial desire was to reproduce this via a 3D printer, but after months of trying nothing suitable was found. He then turned to Bakers Patterns to help make his dream/vision a reality.
Timings were tight, but Baker Patterns managed to turn the piece around in 10 days, with an exceptional attention to detail, which a 3D printer simply couldn't have achieved at this scale and finish. It was a perfect mix of technology and craftsmanship.
Of working with Bakers patterns Matt says 'From the first moment I spoke with John I knew this project was in good hands. His passion for the arts, knowledge of the production techniques needed and desire to help me make this project a reality was inspiring'
Matt continues 'When I saw the finished piece, the detail and hand finished look gave it a genuine look of the plaster original 100 years ago, something which would have been almost impossible to create any other way'
Speaking on the project John Baker says 'Working on this project was a labour of love. The attention to detail and passion Matt had for this project really put the pressure on, but with the help of our CNC milling machine and our talented hand finishers, we delivered a piece both ourselves and Matt can rightly be proud of'
The finished piece stands at 1.2m tall and has appeared in galleries, universities and more, where Matt passionately talks of his journey to this point.
Matt is currently touring the sculpture for drawing groups and talks, to learn more visit - https://www.facebook.com/FuturismsLostSculpture/
You can also view the whole process below. ENJOY, we certainly did!
Here we explain the foam model making process - from a block of raw polystyrene or polyurethane foam to your exact replica milled using our large scale 5-axis CNC milling machines.
Step 1 - Computer model file
Starting with a computer model file and using powerful CAD CAM software, we determine if your job needs sectioning. Depending on the size or intricacy we decide on any cutting strategies required to produce the finished foam model.
A computer model file can come from a CAD system, laser scan or animation package meaning anything can be made in polystyrene or polyurethane foam.
If you don't already have a computer file for your model, call Bakers Patterns on +44 (0) 1952 216165 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can possibly reverse engineer your model.
Computer model file, large scale CNC machining
Step 2 - Programming our 5-axis polystyrene milling machine
Once we have the computer file for your model, our 5-axis cnc milling machine is programmed using an off-line CAM (computer aided machinery) system which determines the polystyrene or polyurethane foam cutting process.
Bakers Patterns have the biggest, dedicated polystyrene / polyurethane foam 5-axis milling machine in the country allowing us to handle any size project.
Programming our 5-axis polystyrene milling machine, large scale CNC machining
Step 3 - Milling the raw polystyrene / polyurethane foam block
Having programmed the milling machine, it will then mill the raw polystyrene or polyurethane foam blocks into the finished model shape extracting the dust as it cuts.
We compact the waste polystyrene and foam dust and the polystyrene cut-offs which are then recycled.
Milling the raw polystyrene / polyurethane foam block
Step 4 - Bonding the individual sections together
The individual milled sections are then bonded together to create the finished polystyrene or foam model.
Items cast in bronze can be left in the individual pieces to aid the casting process.
Bonding the individual sections together
Step 5 - The finished polystyrene / polyurethane model
The polystyrene / polyurethane foam models can be used as is, painted for use as display items or coated with resin and fibreglass to be used as moulding bucks or prototypes.
The finished polystyrene / polyurethane model
Call Bakers Patterns on +44 (0) 1952 216165 or email email@example.com for details of polystyrene and polyurethane foam model making.
Bakers Patterns are one of the UKs leading model makers specialising in cost effective polystyrene and polyurethane replicas, prototypes or moulds. Having been in business now for over 30 years, the firm has expanded its production facility to cope with growing demand for its creations
The new facility built at a cost of around £100k will be used as their new finishing area, enabling them to offer an increased finishing service, allowing them to hard coat and paint larger scale projects, ensuring more control and reducing transport costs and liability.
'We've grown from being a traditional pattern maker, to now working on modelling for global clients and well-known artists from Disney & Marvel to Antony Gormley, Zaha Hadid and more and this new extension ensures we can continue to offer exceptional value for money on all our projects' said Managing Director John Baker
John went on to say 'We continually invest in the latest CNC machines and CAD software as well as our 3D scanning capabilities means we can now produce more complex and heavy detailed jobs'
We'd love to hear from you and see how we can help bring your idea to life. Drop us a line firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +44 (0)1952 216165 and for further inspiration check out our social media pages for more of the latest work and developments
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