Hive Gallery 12th Anniversary Bee Themed Show

I was invited to make a piece for The Hive Gallery’s 12th Anniversary show, which was going to be bee themed.  I was supposed to come up with my own avatar (a self portrait but in bee form in “hiveland”).  Portraits [of people] aren’t things I do, but I did have a great idea for a 3D printed and 3D drawing shadow box light display.  I ran the concept by Nathan, the curator, and he liked it!  So I got started on it.

I’m new to 3D printing and definitely a beginner with 3D modeling.  But after reviewing a few simple Blender tutorials online, I felt confident enough that I could make an extruded hexagon as my honeycombs.  About 2 hours later, I figured it out and I was ready to send it to print, using clear plastic on my Micro3D printer.

Take a look at the progress of making this display.

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There are:

  • 96 3D printed honeycombs that took 1hr/pc to print (so 96 hrs of printing, not including a few of the scrapped pieces)
  • 13 3Doodled bees, including a queen bee.
  • 100 LED lights.

A look at how I made the bees:

Making the rest of the ? ? ? with my @3doodler.

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And here’s a look at it at the show!

If interested in purchasing it, please go here.

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