Maniacal Prozac Bottle Toy

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Back in the shop for the last time for this class, I set up the 4 Axis to make the final pieces only this time I edited the support height and width to be bigger in order to cut down my milling time.

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I got it down to 3 hours of roughing and half an hour of finishing,

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and made sure not to tighten the bolt too much like I did with my previous piece that ended up with lines all over the top of the face.

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While the delrin was being milled I got out the vinyl cutter to make the eyes.

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I sketched out a few eyes with the paintbrush tool and proceeded to watch instructional videos about how to set up the cutter properly.

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Then, after exporting the file in the proper format I opened up Silhouette Studio and imported my file.

Everything looked ok to go…or so I thought.

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But what came out was a mess and I struggled to figure out how to outline the lines I had drawn in Illustrator.

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The paper wasn’t being fed correctly through the cutter but I couldn’t figure out how to move the chassis so that it could feed it straight through. Unfortunately, I just had to give up and rely on printing the eyes at home due to time constraints.

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While the rest of the delrin was milling I played around with how I wanted the sticker to look. Creating slits on the side and cutting different parts out from the original print to place them dilligently on the toy’s face.

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I didn’t want to cover up all the work I had done on the mouth so cutting the sticker in half lengthwise seemed to make sense.

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Once I had the three remaining white pieces I dyed them using the same technique as the first one and for the same amount of time to ensure the color would match.

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They came out nicely.

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I took the Illustrator file I tried cutting with and printed it out on printable vinyl sticker.

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The eyes needed to be a little bigger to hide the puckering underneath from putting a flat sticker on a curved surface.

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And after printing out several labels, I had a lot of cutting to do. But first, I wanted to spray paint the inside of each mouth flat black.

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This was a scary process because there was no room for error and I had spent the last 10 minutes scouring google for tips on how to apply paint to delrin. Not a lot of people had luck with spray paint and this freaked me out.

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It took a long, long time to place tape all around the mouth correctly.

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Getting the angles required putting tiny pieces of the flat edge of the tape along the mouth and pressing hard to ensure no paint would seep through.

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I was very happy to be done with that part, but nervous to begin spray painting!

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At first, I did one at a time — mostly out of fear of something going wrong.

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But after the first round dried I got more comfortable with the process and added two pieces at once.

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And eventually four at a time.

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The result was pretty good but I was cautious about taking the tape off, not to rip some of the paint off with it.

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Despite my careful taping, some of the paint got on the lips of the piece.

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But it was surprisingly easy to take off with my fingernail, which kindof worried me about the paintjob lasting a long time.

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I wanted a crisp, to the point sticker to put on the bottle head, and cutting a circle proved to be very challanging.

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Made a tongue too to try and lighten up the mouth a little, and then I used Gorilla Glue 5 minute epoxy to secure the caps on the body and let it dry for an hour to be safe.

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To my dismay, the epoxy did not hold at all so I had to rush to find whatever I had at home to put the two pieces together securely enough.

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I found some heavy duty 3M double sided thick tape and doubled up on it and stuck ’em on and it kindof gave the effect of having the bottle closed but the child’s lock preventing you from opening it.

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In conclusion, I really solidified my work flow on the 4 axis making these toys and my VectorWorks skills increased as well. While I don’t enjoy cutting or printing stickers at all, creating the Illustrator files was fun and I’m now more comfortable using Photoshop too. I don’t think I’ll ever want to peel another sticker again in my life, and I wish I had tiny scissors at home instead of the kitchen ones I used to cut everything with. If I had more time in this class, I would have loved to make 3D printed pills with faces on them to either put inside the mouth of each toy or find a way of putting them under the cap, sticking out. Clearly, I would have liked to find a different way of incorporating a sticker into my design that didn’t require dealing with puckering but I’m glad I used the stickers in the end because I worked hard on them.

Museum of Smells

In 2014, I was in a hotel bathtub in Venice Italy conjuring up what I wanted to say and what song I wanted to play while proposing to my girlfriend. It was October 29 and NYC was in the midst of being hit by Hurricane Sandy which we were following closely. The smell of the fresh bath soap will always remind me of this particular memory but I’ll always remember the date because of it’s unfortunate connection to the storm. The day after Venice flooded badly and we had to cancel our plans to visit Croatia next but we happily stayed Venice for a few more days.

2218’s Museum of 2018

Having succumbed to the perils of destruction from global warming, planet earth in 2118 is completely inhabitable. Some of my family was lucky enough to have their consciousness uploaded to a major server thrust into earth’s orbit, and we now live subconsciously through networks maintained by the International Space Station, but others weren’t as lucky. The graduate school program I completed in 2019 called ITP formed an environmental guerilla group, set up by its residents and faculty to organize a way of managing the inevitable collapse of society under worldwide authoritarianism. Countries no longer exist because the land on Earth is now under water and there are no known species that have outlived the multiple natural disasters that began shortly after Trump became re-elected for his second term in 2020.

Museums in 2118 are visited through certain designated ports on the network controlled human consiousness servers and are experienced as though you are walking through the buildings in augmented reality. Since people are no longer able to reproduce because we are no longer connected to any temporary, flesh-bound bodies, we are left with the avatars we created of the 3D scanned imprints that keep us the age we were at the time of the collapse of human life on earth. Our families now consist of friends and neighbors too and we rely on localized networks within the international space station that allows us to live on but in a dysphoric repetitive way that only enables us to explore an open world that we have to struggle to maintain because it’s controlled in part by a secret company Elon Musk created shortly after the 2020 elections in the States. In our idle condition, we are simply roaming an endless lobby of ports waiting in line to plug into the next virtual experience.

As we slowly work together recreate human life in a post planet atmosphere, the need for museums become essential to learning about human life on Earth. There is a massive sense of longing for places on the network where people can revisit famous landmarks and great cities. One of the most popular exhibits PWP’s (post-world people) love revisiting is The Bodies exhibit that popularly traveled the word in the early 2000’s. The families who decided to upload their children wearily port their “selves” into these exhibits and use it to inform their loved ones of the bodies they once had and the world they once lived in. It is sad for these parents, however, because their children still hold on to life on Earth and are increasingly confused by their unaging virtual selves incapable of enjoying Earthly delicacies like eating and sleeping.

ITP’s guerilla group has been trying to instantiate museums of the senses that came out of a class called Cabinets of Wonder which I was lucky enough to be a part of in 2018. Creative coders discovered a way of allowing people to experience smell again through neural networking and are on their way to developing a version of ITP so other’s can learn new ways of experiencing what it was like to be human. I decided to take my uploaded blood-related and newly found family to ITP’s Museum of Smells in 2018 to revisit an exhibit we did in class. I told them about proposing to my wife Sadie while we were in Venice but and the smell of the bathtub soap I used in the hotel while deciding where to take her to propose. She was visibly sad and shaken up while I was telling this story and I couldn’t avoid mentioning that on that day, October 29, 2014, the first of many destructive hurricanes hit NYC — Hurricane Sandy. Despite the strange way we visit museums today, children are still unable to keep full attention in this virtual museum and they long for swing sets, candy, and grassy plains to run across. For now, it’s the adults that use museums to engage their unfulfilled nostalgia. In fact, most museums are now referred to as Places of Earth’s Nostalgia.

Packaging Design & 2nd Print

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I searched my neighborhood far and wide for the right kind of packaging I wanted. Specifically, I was looking for a slim white bag with minimal logo’s so I could easily cover it up with a vinyl sticker.

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Then, using Illustrator and a free Walgreens font, I created a simple sticker design.

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But realized an oval shape wasn’t going to cover the existing logo completely.

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So I took the oval away and made it very simple and it turned out clean.

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I printed a very small version for the top of the bottle as well and got back into the shop to make the 2nd bottle.

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Unfortunately, I tightened the delrin too hard on the 4 Axis and it resulted in the front of the bottle having ripples.

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Back at home I started playing around with sticker placement after printing out a few more labels.

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I think I definitely need to darken the mouth and I may want to tuck the sticker inside of the mouth first to emphasise the shape.

First Finished Product – Mel N. Colly

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I decided to go with Delrin for the final product because I wanted to revisit the 4-Axis machine and because I wasn’t very happy with the quality a 3D print puts out. So, starting with a 3″ by 6″ piece of white delrin, I took the first VectorWorks CAD model I created because the mouth was bigger and the bend in the bottle shape was more what I was looking for.

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In Roland I added supports and made the size bigger to avoid a long milling time.

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I had to position one of them so that it wouldn’t cut into the bottom angle of the piece, making it hard to sand it down.

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In preview mode it looked good to go so I started the process. 3.1 hrs.

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Made a center hole.

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And loaded the Delrin,

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Set the X axis.

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And the Y at the center of rotation,

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And started milling.

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I forgot how much the 4 axis spits out on the first go.

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Roughing took a majority of the time.

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Finishing only took about 20 minutes.

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Once it was done it took roughly 4 hours and I was happy with the results.

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Even though the mouth couldn’t cut a thin agle at the corners, the gradient it created sort of looked like the inside cheeks of a dogs mouth and I was fine with it.

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I chopped off the supports on the band saw and got out my multiple grades of sandpaper to smooth it down.

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Then it was dye time. Using Jacquard Fabric Dye ( and a cheap pot and strainer, I brought a pot of water to a boiling point.

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Then, added the color intensifier and stirred thoroughly.

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Then the color packet.

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Stirring until thoroughly combined.

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It was the weirdest smelling sauce I ever made.

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Plopped the milled Delrin into the boiling dye keeping it from hitting the bottom of the pot with a strainer.

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Set a timer for 30 minutes and stirred frequently.

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After half an hour I took out the piece and washed it under warm water.

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The result was pretty orange but not as orange as I wanted.

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It wasn’t very sturdy on the table so I sanded it down a little more,

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so that I could get rid of the tiny bulge at the bottom that was preventing it from sitting up straight.

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Back in the pot, to a boiling point for half an hour more.

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Every now and then I needed to add water to the pot to maintain coverage of the Delrin.

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Half an hour more proved to be a great idea.

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I got a nice Nickelodeon orange and the cap from a real pill bottle fit perfectly.

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Then it was time to print out the sticker label I created in Photoshop.

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Borrowing many pieces from a real Walgreen’s label,

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the sticker printed with low ink, unfortunately, and smudged easily the first time around.

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So I printed another one with different printer settings and with the absence of color ink the print out needed to be dried and probably wasn’t going to get much better than this without more ink, different settings or a divergent approach.

I have to wait until the morning for it to dry.

Upon further thought, I want to explore transfer stickers because I’m worried about how I’m going to create an attractive bend in the vinyl sticker over the mouth to create teeth. I also don’t know if it needs teeth. It may be torn strategically at the mouth.



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An hour later I took another look at the printed stickers and tried peeling it off only to realize I had printed on the wrong side!

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So I printed out a sticker and cut out a mouth,

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and even though I had low ink, it printed pretty well and got a good idea of where I want to go from here.

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      • Add pills to the base
      • Sturdy the base with aluminum
      • Add cut stickers as eyes
      • Modify two models to lean back better
      • Buff models to glossy shine
      • Add lips and creases to the VectorWorks model to ennunciate emotion
      • Alter sticker mouth to include happy and side mouth curves
      • Cut cartoonish tongue stickers
      • I’m curious about this process but I feel like I’ll screw it up

Ideation & Mockups

Pinocchio Window – gets bigger when people text a lie, smaller when they tell the truth. (Created by Jiyao)

Mechanical Arm Game – use an interface to pick out who you would want to work with you on a team. To portray gender bias. (Created by Hau)

Psychic / Fortune Teller Window – press hands to have your palms read (Created by Nathier) several mockups below.



Vectorworks Pill Bottle

While making my final draft CAD model in VectorWorks I ran into some challenging problems, especially when creating the mouth with two NURBS curves. But before I tackled that, I wanted to get the basic bent shape of the pill bottle like the initial sketch.

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I used the proportions of an actual pill bottle, 2″ x 1.5″ After making a circle the diameter of an actual pill bottle, I extruded it to the corresponding and used the Deform tool to create the bent shape at the top and the bottom.

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Then, using two NURBS Curves I created the shape of the mouth,

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And a bend to the bottom of the bottle.

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I needed to connect both curves to create a single object because I couldn’t extrude two lines without making it a solid shape, but in the process I ran into a lot of problems trying to combine the two end points. I was able to combine one side but VectorWorks would not let me connect the other end no matter what I did.

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I tried to simply move the end points onto each other and combine into surface,

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but I kept getting the error shown above.

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Trying again with the NURBS curve I was able to connect the top end points but then once I tried connecting the bottom ones, I got the following  error.

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Having spent way too much time trying to address the numerous NURBS problems, I started remaking the mouth with angles.

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After playing around with angles, straight lines connecting them, and reshaping them I ended up with two versions of the mouth but settled on the left one.

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Then it was time to down size the mouth to the pill bottle.

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Below is the process for removing the bottom of the model by subtracting a square from the curved piece.

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I realized the curve I put on the back of the mouth was in the wrong shape.

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So I went back in and added the curve in the other direction.

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Positioned it in a place where I thought the mouth should go,

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And voila!

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I was happy with the result, however, I wanted to try and add more curves to the back of the mouth so that the angle wouldn’t look so machined.

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Using the fillet edge tool, the back, curved end of the mouth was effectively softened around the edges.

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I placed it within the new but nearly identical pill bottle and exported my file as an .stl to move it to Ultimaker Cura in order to 3D print.

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With the file saved to High quality I started to print, not noticing until half way through that the top of the mouth wasn’t going to print properly. I kept going none-the-less because I needed to get a prototype primed and painted.

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Once it was done printing I immediately noticed that the mouth was not cut all the way through on the sides.

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Not to mention all the plastic that dripped through the part that failed during the printing.

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I tried getting a picture where you can see the mouth looking funky.

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After slicing away at the stringy part inside the mouth, I placed the cap on top and thankfully, I had measured it just right so that it fit with ease.

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But I didn’t want the logo on the cap so I started to sand it off with a high number grit. It looks white in this picture.

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But it actually looks like this.

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So I tried many other grades of sandpaper.

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And eventually ended up with this. So I’m now considering putting a vinyl sticker on the top or painting it white.

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Now it was time to primer.

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And after an hour or two I spray painted it orange.

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But this is not the exact color I want.


I learned a lot for this weeks assignment.

  • I want to try to mill this piece on the 4 axis
  • The model I’ll try to print next will be the first mock up without the rounded edge mouth.
  • I need to fix the model so that it is sturdier when placed on the table (I think the first mock up will stand on it’s own better than this one.
  • I want to try dying delrin after milling on the 4 axis
  • Vinyl stickers need to be designed and placed properly.
  • Pills as a stand and as decor need to be modeled eventually.
  • Need to focus on what orange I want if I’m going to continue to 3d print.