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As most of you know by now, there is a friendly "competition" amongst some major dimensional sign shops, which has gone global now!
This challenge was set forth by Dan Sawatzky, Jamie Oxenham and Doug Haffner to build a second addition to the original "Institute Sign" sign created by us at Oxenham Design.
The rules are simple, the sign must be 3d, and contain the text "The Institute for Study of Mechanical Marine Life" and contain some sort of marine creature.
The deadline is the Canadian Labour Day. Each entrant will include a small blurb regard the direction they chose for the sign, as well as any backstory to bring the sign to life.

This forum section will be for every contestant to post pics, and some discussion of their build.
We've limited each file upload to around 500kb for hosting reasons. Other than that, good luck to everyone, and keep the discussion rolling, and most of all, have fun!

please reply in this thread so we can keep everything organized and the jabbing will make sense!!!

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KDF is very excited to be in the game. 

here is our concept.

The story unfolds like this… We have a little fish that is scared to travel  - He’s built himself a mechanical fish out of driftwood to tool around the ocean so he can stay safe. The only way you can find this little guy is by using the specially designed periscope that was designed for … you guessed it “The Institute for the Study of Mechanical Marine Life”.

We started feverishly sketching the ideas as we developed our little story.  And it turns out – the mechanical fish is only a small part of the overall “sign”. We are going to create a standalone sign that will be lit with LED’s have lots of color, fun and can be viewed 360 degrees. Oh and the hole thing is… a fish tank. That’s right – I’m blaming Brian for this one!

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Well the challenge is certainly on and it has expanded world wide. Jamie's little fish has spawned some cool ideas! 

I got started on my project on the ride home from Indiana. It started with a sketch to firm up my ideas.



I started by designing everything in EnRoute and then routing the pieces. Since then it's been assembled and some sculpting has been done. LED lighting adds a little bling as well.



Now I've started on the stonework on the dock.



There's more pieces on the MultiCam as I type and I'm having fun putting this piece together!

-grampa dan


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Looks Great my friend!!
Ps, your website link is broken by the space before dot com

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I just wanted to let everyone know I have been fishing! My puffers are coming along nicely!! Here is a sample of the first mechanical fish... he is a red mechanical fire fighter! He will have about 30 more 'fire hoses' before he is ready for paint! The other four will all have different mechanical functions. Thanks so much for inviting me to fish will (and against!) you all!

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Wow Jen!!!
I love it! It's huge. The eyelids over the spheres look amazing.

JO

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The story behind:
 
Founded at the deepest point of the seven seas a multidisciplinary scientist is searching for the last secrets of this planet. He was in need for a fast, secure and comfortable way to travel for his exploring, so he decided to build a mechanical, steam driven fish...

To find the institute you have to watch out for this sign
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„Everyday a few minutes“ as Dan says. This week I started my work on the sign for the institute which is anchored on the ground and lifted by a buoy.
 
A few small Polystyren stripes with rivets, a copper chain and one "Fabergé" egg are the ingredients. 



To stabilize the chain links I tried to solder them together but I quit this plan and did it with cyanacrylat.





After a coat of primer I painted the first few parts.





But  I was not satisfied with the look of the signs flat backside. So I decided to put this piece on my router again and gave the backside the same but mirrored structure as the front. It should look like a wooden board inside a frame of copper. Now I am happy with it because it  looks neat from any viewing angel now.







I then covered the chain and the ropes on the concrete blocks with electrostatic flockings simulating some algal formation.



I hope you like it!

Stay tuned...

Joachim


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Woo-Hoo! Dude, that looks awesome! Great creativity


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Jen and Joachim's pieces are looking awesome already! LOTS of creativity happening there! I find it fascinating how there are so many creative ways to tackle a single assignment.

LOVE IT   LOVE IT   I can hardly wait to see more!

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  Wow, amazing stuff here. 
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So the forum has been up for 24 hours and still no pictures of the new Jamie mechanical fish?  

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Well, I am going to stick my neck out.

I was not even going to try - but - that is not my nature.

I want to "theme" myself with most of what I will do after New England - where my live exists.  I love New England.

Sooo - fishing is a big thing where I grew up in New Bedford.  That is called the Whaling Capital of the World.  It used to be, but not any more.  No whales since the early 1900's

There was a writer from New Beford by the name of Herman Melville.  He wrote a story that some people "might" have heard of about a whale, and a whaling ship with a captain that some people might remember.

Anyway - I thought if I tried to make a mechanical Whale - that would fit into New England and also this contest.

I will be happy to just accomplish something, never mind try to win.

"Herman",  the Whale.  A white sort of whale, with teeth, and an attitude.  He will be chased by a delusional "Captain Ishy" of the whaling ship "Moby".  Hey I cannot give away the story can I?

No pics yet, cause I just don't have any.

Like I said - I would be happy to simply accomplish something here.

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Thank you! I am glad you like it, this is very motivating for me.

By the way, I like all the other projects too, very cool stuff. But this is a "competition" and the reason why I can write this in light grey only. ;o)

Leo, very brilliant idea! Do not forget the destiny of the captain...


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Well, due to the consistent pestering of one Dan Sawatzky Here is my basic geometry for my "Institute" entry. I have chosen an octopus. This is the geometry that will be machined on the cnc, but their will be a lot of details that will get added to it after. The tentacles are a 2-d process, so I don't need to model the geomtery as of yet, if at all.

JO

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I don't know how long this will take me, and I an not an artist, but here is a rough sketch of Herman.

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