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Zheng3 aka Princess Sparkle Pony

Earlier this year Zheng Labs had the distinct honor of winning the Pinshape People’s Choice award with the 2015 Seej Starter Set. During the run up to the vote tallies I promised our little community a photo of me wearing a lovely 3D-printable tiara if any of my designs won, and so here it is because WHO LOVES YA, BABY?

jim wearing a tiara

Nobody’s heard from Steve Harvey since the final results, so I think it’s safe to release the model. You can download the tiara over at Pinshape, or you can grab it from The Forge. Huge thanks to everyone who voted for the Starter Set.

Them gears is articulated, too! Just don’t catch your hair in them. This isn’t really a problem for yours truly, having given up the battle against middle age some time ago.

functional gears!

(I’m using ColorFabb PLA/PHA Silver and Gold at 220┬░ to print the tiara.)

With the tiara project out of the way I must now hunker down and finish the launch copy for Zheng Labs Kickstarter #4. #staytuned, dear pals, and Join the Horde to be notified when we launch.

Lao Zheng out.

Dungeon Blocks, enGIFfened!

So! Earlier this week Dungeon Blocks was launched. The Kickstarter’s doing well– as of today we’re 40% funded!

dungeon blocks16-9

Dungeon Blocks are 3D printable alphabet blocks emblazoned with fantasy creatures and dungeon scenery. Here’s the linky if you’d like to throw it a bone or two: http://kck.st/1FNEFwP

The plan is to illustrate 26-odd fantasy tropes and then 3d model them onto the blocks. We’ve got a proof-of-concept D is for Direwolf block, as well as a bunch of scenery like dungeon walls, doors, and staircases. Take a look at the Kickstarter page to see some concept art for scenery that’ll be in the final version.

Despair not, ye without access to 3D printers; there be fantasy critter coloring book backer rewards too!

This time around we’re crowdsourcing the creativity, too: if the project’s funded I’ll be setting up a forum here at Zheng3.com where backers can hash out exactly which fantasy tropes they’d like to see featured on the blocks. We’ve already got some heavy hitters from the 3D printing community as backers and I’m really looking forward to seeing the ideas they come up with.

You, yes, you can get in on the action and be part of the creative process by backing at the PARTY MEMBER level. If you just want to help support Open Source design (and receive a PDF coloring tome to boot) become a FRIENDLY NPC instead.

Usually at this point in the blog post I go into a behind-the-scenes-how’d-he-do-dat 3d modeling riff, but by Jove I’ve been writing/coding a lot lately and just need to flex some different tendons for a bit.

Here’s a GIF instead.

dungeon block