Arts / Technology

Help Baltimore makers build a 3D-printed bust of Rosie the Riveter

It's the first female entry into We The Builders 3D-printed hall of busts, built through crowdsourcing.

Rosie the Riveter is ready for assembly. (Courtesy photo)

Putting together a crowdsourced 3D sculpture takes a lot of participants. So, for its fourth project, We The Builders has a built-in tagline: “We can do it.”
The effort, which brings together 3D-printer operators to contribute a piece to a sculpture, is now working on a bust of Rosie the Riveter. The participants are asked to print a piece and then mail them to Baltimore.
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Getting the project ready to go out to the masses is also a team effort locally.
Baltimore Node member and general maker about town Todd Blatt organizes the effort.
The Rosie the Riveter sculpture was created by Jen Schachter through her work at Digital Harbor Foundation. The Federal Hill tech center is also a key site for assembly of past sculptures. Schachter, currently a Robert W. Deutsch fellow, also teamed with DHF youth to help Adam Savage build the “SXSL” letters for the White House’s tech celebration earlier this week.
“Jen sculpted Rosie the Riveter in oil-based clay over a wire armature, with the finished work being about seven feet tall,” Blatt said.
Rosie was then scanned by Owings Mills-based Direct Dimensions and scaled up to 33 inches tall.
Then, using Netfabb, the sculpture was divided into 289 printable pieces and organized into four color categories: “Blue shirt parts, red headband parts, dark hair parts and light arm and face parts,” Blatt said.
Rosie is the first female entry into the We the Builders hall of busts. Previously, they put together Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and Edgar Allan Poe.

Companies: Direct Dimensions / Digital Harbor Foundation
People: Todd Blatt

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