Introducing Cx5s - the softer side of Cx5

Our newest innovation

This month kicks off with an announcement we've been excited to make for quite some time; the arrival of Cx5s! Cx5s, the softer side of Cx5, is the other member of the Cx5 family, and together they form a complete sculpting system where you can truly mix your own medium. 

The Cx5 family

I created Cx5 to be the hardest sculpting material on the market; at room temperature it is comparable in hardness to a urethane casting. Many toy sculptors and prototypers do their finish work on urethane castings because of the clean result that can be achieved in plastic, and Cx5 made intricate and highly polished finish work of that same kind possible in the original sculpting material. One of the goals in releasing Cx5 was to give the sculpting community a material that solved the problems of sculpting intricate pieces at small scales and having to use multiple materials, but there was always a plan to have two sides to the equation. Cx5s is that other side. 

What makes it different from Cx5?

The same gray color, the same sized bar, the same weight, the same melting point… Cx5 and Cx5s are matched products meant to be used side by side or mixed together to create a sculptor's ideal hardness of material. So what makes Cx5s so different from its harder sibling, Cx5?

Cx5s is an all around softer product with new properties that make hot-sculpting the best it's ever been. Like Cx5, it is solid at room temperature, but instead of behaving like a urethane plastic it allows a sculptor to press in details without added heat. It will still hold detail like Cx5, but a cold metal tool can make an impression in cold Cx5s, and the material can be pushed easily with just a little added warmth. This allows for creating unbelievable levels of detail that you don't have to worry about thumbing out, without excessive heat from a waxer. This is a boon when working in very small sizes.

Amazing things happen when working with Cx5s in its warm state. Like Cx5, Cx5s also behaves like soft clay when it is heated to 125°F, but it holds its heat incredibly well, which means it stays soft and modelable for a very long time. Hand heat alone can keep a piece of Cx5s workable like clay for virtually as long as you'd like. Another benefit of its ability to retain heat is that Cx5s will stay at a uniform temperature throughout in any heating vessel, eliminating the need to adjust temperatures on your vessel as you sculpt from it.

Although Cx5s is the soft version of Cx5, it was developed from the ground up to be the softest it can be while still remaining self-supporting at all sizes and needing no armature. It is a revolutionary formula that is ideal for any size sculpture, especially those larger than 12 inches and smaller than 12 millimeters, because of its unique ability to remain workable for long periods of time, and require very little added heat to make fine details at small scales. When you do add heat, however, it behaves beautifully - it flows smoothly under a waxer and responds easily to hot-sanding, making for an exquisite sculpting experience at any temperature.

Mix your own medium

Cx5 and Cx5s were designed to be mixed together to adapt to a sculptor's unique style, scale, and climate. Both materials come in segmented bars, and each segment is 2 ounces of material. This allows a sculptor to easily measure out a mix of the two materials and melt them together to create a Cx5 hardness level that is exactly what they want, and is always repeatable. For example, I've recently started sculpting in a 50/50 mix of Cx5 and Cx5s for small portraits. It's a great combination of the qualities of both materials. You may want a softer or a harder feel, and you can vary the mix depending on the project. When measured out this way, you can fine-tune your Cx5 experience to suit your exact sculpting needs, every time, for every project.

Get sculpting!

Cx5s has been years in the making, and I'm thrilled to be bringing it to you now! You can find Cx5s on our store, and I'm looking forward to seeing all of the amazing pieces you sculpt. 

Cheers,

Adam

Where are the Kerr Ultra Waxers?

A few months ago we began offering the Kerr Ultra Waxer 2 for sale on our store, complete with sculpting specific tips. It's a package that you can't get anywhere else, and we've been proud to be providing the best waxer for hot-sculpting. 

Recently, though, we've been out of stock, and we've been getting a lot of questions about why they aren't available for purchase on our site. The answer is that the waxers are on backorder from Kerr, and we simply can't get them in stock until more are manufactured by Kerr. The same goes for both of the tips that we offer. Kerr isn't always able to send us waxers, and as a result we may occasionally be out of stock for a time. Kerr assures us that this is a rare occurrence, so hopefully in the near future we will always have them!

We expect to have our unique waxer package back in stock within the month. The best way to be notified when the waxers are in stock is by going to the waxer page on the store and clicking "notify me when it's available." If you've done this in the past and have gotten one notification but weren't able to buy a waxer, do it again to be on the current list! 

We hope this answers a lot of questions! We're working to get them in stock as soon as possible!

We're headed to Maker Faire!

Of all the exciting things that have happened in the past few months, this one is at the top of my list! (Well actually, it's neck-and-neck with another amazingly cool thing that I haven't announced yet, but will soon...) I have always wanted to attend a Maker Faire just to see the amazing exhibits, but in past years I've just been too busy. At last, work won't be keeping me from Maker Faire, it will be taking me there!

This year we're not only going to the Bay Area Maker Faire, we've been selected as Startup Sponsors of the event, and we've been invited to give a talk on the Maker Pro stage!

Check out the Appearances page for dates and times.

Adam Beane Industries will have a booth in the Sponsor section with Cx5 and Cx5s demos, and I'm looking forward to showing all of the unique properties of these materials that take them beyond traditional sculpting media. Makers are known for their innovative uses of all kinds of materials, and I'm excited to get Cx5 into their arsenal. I think makers will be excited to discover that in addition to being sculpted, Cx5 can be machined, cast, melted, brushed onto other surfaces, and used in many ways traditional plastics and joining compounds are used.

Plus Fabrication's Valentine's Day test run of CNC milling Cx5

We're going to be demoing these uses and encouraging makers to toss Cx5 in their CNC machines and 3D printers and show us what they make with Cx5!

In addition to demoing Cx5 and Cx5s we are honored to have been selected to present on the Maker Pro stage, a venue dedicated to "fellow makers who are interested in the connections between making and entrepreneurship." This will be our first time telling the story of how Adam Beane Industries came to be, and we are thrilled to be presenting to such a like-minded group of innovators. Here's the description of our talk that you'll be able to come to at Maker Faire!

One Pound of Innovation: The journey of a startup that brought a premium low-tech product into a burgeoning high-tech marketplace, and the unexpected applications that can arise from creating something simple. Inventor, entrepreneur and renowned sculptor Adam Beane talks about being a maker in an evolving world. Alexis Ettner, VP and co-owner of ABI, joins to tell the story of building the company; how they stayed inspired, motivated, and focused to bring a unique prototyping material, Cx5, to market. Watch their live demonstration of this versatile material and get inspired to make, invent, and succeed.

Maker Faire is coming up fast, but there is still time to get tickets to "The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth." We hope we'll see you there, and in the meantime, check out some of the amazing exhibits that will be there right alongside us.