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.

Monsterpalooza 2014

This year's Monsterpalooza was a huge success, and even more exciting than last year's! We got to see a lot of great makeups and costumes and spend time with some of the best artists in the special effects industry and hang out with some of the stars of FaceOff!

New booth ready to go!

Matt Cable as The Master from Buffy the Vampire Slayer attacks Alexis!

The fantastic Wane Anderson from FaceOff Season 4, and also Adam and Jessica being dorks.

Mike Hill's amazing Frankenstein sculpt was not to be missed.

We were particularly excited to unveil the sibling product to Cx5: Cx5s! That's right, the soft version of Cx5. Everyone at Monsterpalooza got a chance to see it in action and experience some of the very new and unique properties that it brings to the Cx5 family. Monsterpaloozians got the first chance to buy Cx5s, and the official launch of Cx5s comes this May.

Lots of Cx5s waiting for new homes.

There were a lot of sculpting induced smiles at our booth.

FaceOff's Eric Zapata having fun with Cx5s.

Since our booth got a chance to grow this year we were happy to welcome the amazing and talented Jessica Dru to the team for the weekend. She sculpted some cool creature busts in Cx5 and demoed hot-sculpting with the Kerr Ultra Waxer 2

Double awesome!

Jessica Dru sculpts a monster bust in Cx5s with the Kerr Ultra Waxer 2.

Jessica Dru and Adam hang out with the great Steve Wang.

Another fun announcement from this year's show are brand new sculptable, poseable roughs in Cx5s. We warmed up the pre-sculpted figures in warm water and went to town repositioning them and adding all kinds of features from zombie faces to giant claw arms. Poseable roughs will be for sale soon, too!

Rod Maxwell from FaceOff Season 3 - possibly one of the nicest people ever - sculpts details on a zombie.

Erick Sosa sculpts really fast! What a great edited rough he's got there.

Adam demos sculpting one of the roughs and Emily Coleman, author of Creature Sculpt, gets her hands in Cx5s for the first time.

Other highlights of the show were meeting yet more amazing industry professionals and touring some of my all time favorite studios - Stan Winston Studios and New Deal Studios - responsible for many of the amazing effects seen in movies like Terminator, Predator, Alien, The Nightmare Before Christmas and so much more. Holding the on-screen props in real life was a rush.

Officially a bad ass with the Terminator 2 gun at Stan Winston Studios.

Chris Vaughan shows off the Terminator T-X arm at Stan Winston Studios.

The Betty from Alien Vs. Predator, made by Stan Winston Studios.

That's a Coraline mouse in Fon Davis' office at New Deal Studios!

The New Deal Studios train from Hugo! It actually got crashed through a miniature station for that effect...

It's very convincing, even a little squishy! From James and the Giant Peach at New Deal Studios.

For more photos check out the full gallery on the Appearances page, and keep watching for more news about Cx5s and poseable roughs!


Stan Winston School interview at Monsterpalooza

Monsterpalooza was a blast this year, and I'll be writing up a whole post about it soon! For now, take a look at the interview I was invited to do for the Stan Winston School of Character Arts Monster Show, live from Monsterpalooza! It was a lot of fun teaching the inimitable Mike Hill how to sculpt in Cx5s. (What's Cx5s, you ask? Well, watch the video to find out! You'll hear a lot more about it soon.)

Until next time,