We're excited to announce that the Kickstarter campaign for Cx5 Sculptable Filament launches on Tuesday, August 9th! We've been working very hard on this and are inviting you to spread the word before the campaign goes live. We have some fantastic rewards lined up, and we'll be sharing more about the amazing things Cx5sf can do.
We're excited to have recently released Safe-Smooth solvent on the store! Though we've had it for sale at a few conventions, we haven't had it available online until now.
A better solution
A while back, when we were shooting the first tutorial video, we realized that the solvent we had to explain using was naphtha, which isn't the best thing to have on your skin. As far as art materials go it isn't high on the list of dangerous substances, but it is an organic solvent that should be used sparingly, and we didn't like suggesting that the best way to smooth your sculpture was to use lighter fluid. Also, it left a gummy, permanently changed surface that couldn't be sculpted again.
We wanted to create something better, that was safer for people to use, and more effective on Cx5 and Cx5s.
Safe-Smooth is a non-toxic solvent formulated to be quick acting, leave a clean non-sticky surface on your piece, and be non-irritating to skin. Safe-Smooth works by breaking down the surface layer of Cx5, which allows you to wipe it away and leave behind a smooth, clean finish that is nearly impossible to achieve with other sculpting methods.
Unlike other solvents, Safe-Smooth does not permanently alter the surface of your sculpture. You can go back into a surface smoothed with Safe-Smooth and continue sculpting. This makes solvent sanding a process that you can use at multiple stages of your sculpting, instead of just as a finishing move.
A guide to solvent sanding
Here are the easy steps you can follow to get the best solvent results on your piece.
- Spray Safe-Smooth onto a thin strip of a 3M Softback Sanding Sponge - the lightly abrasive sanding sponge will work the Safe-Smooth into the surface layer of your sculpture.
- Using Safe-Smooth on your sanding sponge, use circular motions across the surface of your sculpture to create a slurry of Cx5 and solvent.
- Wipe away the slurry with a lint free paper towel, exposing the smoothed Cx5 surface below.
A few tips
- Work in small areas. Don't coat the entire sculpture, just work on one section at a time.
- Wipe the solvent off after you've smoothed a small area. Don't let the solvent sit and soak into the surface, this will cause it to become gummy and unworkable. Wipe it off right away, and you can always go back in and continue sculpting on a smoothed area.
- Safe-Smooth is meant to remove the surface layer. Use it to create a slurry and then wipe off that slurry to reveal the smoothed Cx5 below.
We're really excited to finally have Cx5 available for sculptors, and we're working to find a way to supply customers who live overseas. Since Safe-Smooth is a solvent it cannot be shipped by air, so currently we can only ship by ground to customers in the contiguous USA, Canada and Mexico. We're working towards getting Safe-Smooth into the hands of customers everywhere, and will keep you all up to date!
We had an amazing time at this year's Monsterpalooza, the first one to be held at the Pasadena Convention Center. There was much more room for exhibitors, attendees, and bizarre creatures. A highlight of this year was getting to announce Cx5 Sculptable Filament, and getting interviewed by Norm Chan from Tested.com about it! Check it out, below.
A new kind of 3D printing
Getting to announce Cx5 Sculptable Filament and introduce it to sculptors has been incredibly exciting. We've gotten to see people's faces light up as they realize just what this can do for them - that they can print their digital sculptures and then refine and detail them right away, as though they had started the sculpture in Cx5 to begin with.
All the hot-sculpting and traditional sculpting techniques that you can use on Cx5 can be used on Cx5 Sculptable Filament, and that means you can skip all the steps of molding and casting a 3D print in order to get a casting you can modify.
Amazing art at Monsterpalooza
This year's show was bigger and better than ever. We explored many amazing booths, and all the pieces featured in the Museum, including the batsuit from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice by Ironhead Studios, and Nick Mara's Magneto, and the HR Giger portrait by Elsa Neri. There were so many more amazing pieces, Monsterplaooza continues to be the most fantastic showcase of sculpture and creativity that we've ever seen.
Check out the full gallery on our Monsterpalooza appearances page.
As this year's event came to a close it really felt like the beginning of our next big adventure - into the world of 3D printing. We're gearing up for the Kickstarter campaign that will launch later this May, and hearing more and more excitement from sculptors about what they can imagine doing with Cx5 Sculptable Filament. We're thrilled to be taking this new step, and Monsterpalooza was the best place to step off from!
Something very new is coming from Adam Beane Industries...
When we launched Cx5, and then Cx5s, we created sculpting materials with properties that no other material on the market has ever had. Sculptable, machinable, able to hold the finest detail at the smallest sizes, even able to be painted onto surfaces, Cx5 has been a revolution in the world of practical sculpting as it streamlines the iterative process of sculpting by removing expensive and time-consuming intermediate steps. Now we're about to bring that revolution to 3D printing.
We've taken the best qualities of Cx5 and created the world's first printable sculpting material. With an FDM printer you can now print straight into Cx5 that can be tooled, smoothed, and resculpted just like the Cx5 you're used to. This removes a number of painstaking, costly and often toxic cleanup steps that currently need to happen to get regular PLA or ABS prints to a smooth, finished state.
On New Years 2016 we posted a video with a promise in it... that this year we'd bring you filament you can sculpt. We're excited to be debuting it at Monsterpalooza today, April 22nd, in Pasadena, California.
We've gotten a lot of amazing reactions to Cx5 Sculptable Filament so far, and it will be amazing to see what everyone thinks of it at Monsterpalooza.
Adam Beane Industries is offering a workshop this March that will teach sculptors Adam's unique, intuitive approach to portraiture.
Taught by Adam Beane, with special guest critique by Mike Hill, this workshop will revolutionize how you approach portraiture. Classes will be held every Saturday for four weeks, and sculptors will work alongside Adam, sculpting a 1/3 scale portrait from from a live model, with lectures, demos, and individual instruction from Adam for the entirety of the workshop.
Portraits sculpted by Adam Beane in Cx5 and Cx5s
All tools and materials, including Cx5s and a Kerr Ultra Waxer 2, will be provided for the participants a week prior to the start of the class, so participants can familiarize themselves with the working properties of Cx5s before beginning the intensive workshop.
Held at the spacious Vanaheim Studios in Burbank, California, this workshop is the first to be offered from Adam Beane Industries in the LA area, and will be limited enrollment to ensure individual attention for each participant.
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce sculptors to Adam’s methodology in a profoundly versatile material, and for participants to use these new techniques to produce portraits that can either be taken to complete finish at home, or left at the level of finish that the participant achieves during the workshop. Attendees are encouraged to work on their portraits over the weeks between classes, using the provided photo reference of the live model.
This workshop will be a very intensive look into Adam's methodologies on sculpting portraits, and is sure to improve any sculptor's approach to capturing a likeness, at any scale. Join one of the worlds foremost portrait sculptors for this four day workshop and receive instruction and constructive critique at the highest level.
Special guest critique - Mike Hill
Mike HIll is a world-renowned hyperrealist sculptor and portraiture expert who brought life-size silicone sculptures into the public eye as an art form. He will be offering feedback and helpful critique on participants portraits towards the end of the workshop.