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1  Screen Tablet malarky / The Trading post / Re: 15" Cintiq for sale! on: July 22, 2009, 04:44:20 PM
Happy to be spending some time on bongofish again.   Grin

It's been too long. I see there's a bunch of nice builds started since I last left off. Very cool.  Smiley
2  Screen Tablet malarky / The Trading post / 15" Cintiq for sale! on: July 21, 2009, 01:29:32 AM
Hey guys!

It's been a long time since I've had the opportunity to work on my sim-tiq projects. I've been crazy busy, graduated college, and got an awesome job working with a great bunch of people at an animation studio in New Jersey.

Now I'm just trying to clean house to raise money for a new project I want to take on, and I wanted to put my Cintiq (a real Wacom one, not one of my project builds) up here to see if anyone on the boards wanted first crack at it.

It's a 15" model that I got from digitalfog, and it's served me well. I was going to post it on ebay for $500, but if anyone in the Bongofish ranks is interested, I'll take $400 plus shipping costs.

The screen is in great shape and works well. I believe I have the pen, but I'll have to check at my other house to make sure.

Let me know if you're interested through PM or as a reply. Out of fairness for everyone, first come first-serve!

3  General Category / Can't stop building / Re: Anybody use a CNC service? on: June 25, 2008, 04:56:42 AM
I found a guy who will do rougher ABS plastic prototypes of the models, from which I can create plaster molds to make fiberglass copies. He said it should be about $100 to $150 as a rough estimate, with exact numbers once I give him the final model.

For now I'm gonna go with the Z Incredibles logo, and if that works out I'll do a few different ones and swap them out whenever I'm in the mood.

Some other ideas I've been working on:
The Autobots and Decepticons insignias
The Star Wars Imperial and Rebel insignias
The logo of the Monarch from the Venture Brothers (think evil butterfly)

Again, any other geek ideas, let me know. I'm trying to think of something to come up with for my vanity plates too.  Grin

4  General Category / Can't stop building / Re: Anybody use a CNC service? on: June 21, 2008, 01:10:44 PM
Drew, thanks for that link!

And yeah, Switz, if anything it'll hurt the value of the car. Ah well. I'm not planning to sell it for 5 years or so, so it shouldn't make a whole lot of difference at that point. And I'll still keep the original badges, just in case.

My friend had a cool suggestion with the Z3 idea. Do you guys know what a sleeper car is? I believe the equivalent in British English is a Q-car. Either way, it means a high-performance car with an unassuming and normal looking exterior. This car would definitely be a sleeper, since it looks just like the normal Mazda 3 but it'll blow the doors off most cars on the road (0-60 mph in around 5.5 seconds, quarter mile in 14 seconds flat at 100mph).

So my friend Josh had the idea to do something like a "zZz" idea, so you get the sleeper idea, and 3 Zs. I like it, and I think it could be pretty cool.

In the meantime, I've been playing around with the Incredibles logo idea, and I'll have shots of that posted a little later this morning.
5  General Category / Can't stop building / Re: Anybody use a CNC service? on: June 20, 2008, 03:24:32 PM
Here were a couple ideas I had for the emblem's design itself.

I was thinking about working with my last name (Zazzera) for the designs, and here's a couple I was thinking about, just to throw them out there:
- A Superman logo with a Z instead of an S. (might have some issues making that look right)
- The Incredibles logo, but with a Z instead of the I (did a mockup of this in Photoshop, and this could be very cool)
- Maybe something with a "Z3" idea, since there's 3 Zs in my name, and the car is a speed3.

I'd love to pull something together with any of the superhero ideas. Even though they're totally nerdy, it's okay because I'm an animator.  Grin  We're supposed to be nerdy, and having this would lend some serious nerd cred.

Do you guys have any other ideas? I'm open to any and all suggestions here. It doesn't even have to include the Z idea, that was just one concept.

6  General Category / Can't stop building / Re: Anybody use a CNC service? on: June 20, 2008, 03:10:02 PM
Id bet money that cross piece is part of the bumper.

A much quicker and cheaper way to remove that front logo is to take it to a body shop where they can saw away that part, rebuild it with filler and paint it. Wont cost much at all.

Yeah, that's plan B. I checked it out in person and it actually looks like that cross piece might be even be a separate piece entirely so they wouldn't even have to saw it off, but I'm kinda loving the idea of having my own custom badge on my car. Call it my inner artist, but I'd love to make this car "mine", you know?

But if the cost ends up being over $300-$500 or so, I'll just get rid of that crosspiece. I already took it out in Photoshop, and the car looks pretty mean without it. So either way, I'm happy.


Edit: If I have to, I'll just send the model to one of those 3D Printing places that specialize in doing 3D character models in that plastic composite stuff. Then I'll just cast a plaster mold of that and use that to make a fiberglass copy of it. That method should run me no more than $250, I would think.
7  General Category / Can't stop building / Anybody use a CNC service? on: June 19, 2008, 11:24:27 PM
Hey guys,

Does anybody know of a CNC milling place that will mill out a small aluminum part (maybe 3"x4"x0.5") for me without requiring that I order multiple pieces?

I'm looking at getting a new car, specifically a Mazdaspeed3, and I'm going to remove all of the badges and emblems from it to give it a much cleaner look. The only problem is that the front emblem (see picture) is set into a plastic crosspiece in front of the grille. If I remove the badge, I'm going to have a big hole there.

I'm planning on designing and modeling in 3D a new custom emblem to take its place. I just need to find a place that will do it for me that won't require me to order 50,000 copies.

Thanks all,

Edit: I'm planning on ideally doing it in aluminum, but really I'm cool with steel or fiberglass or whatever can hold up on the front of a car.
8  General Category / General Chat / Re: Cintiq 21UX price drop on: June 15, 2008, 01:14:19 AM
Oooh, that makes sense. Good point.
9  General Category / General Chat / Re: Cintiq 21UX price drop on: June 13, 2008, 09:21:15 PM
Are they supposed to be coming out with newer models anytime soon? The same thought had vaguely occurred to me, and now I'm wondering if I should hold off and wait for the new ones.
10  General Category / General Chat / Re: Cintiq 21UX price drop on: June 13, 2008, 02:58:53 PM
Just did a little hunting... the 20wsx does have a few advantages over the 21ux. It has 14 express keys as opposed to 21ux's 8, and it's contrast ratio is 600:1 as opposed to the 21ux's 550:1. It also has a better pixel pitch (0.258mm vs. 0.277mm).

I guess that might justify the fact that they're the same cost. 2 minutes ago I was sure I wanted the 21UX. Now I might have to compare them in person.  Grin
11  General Category / General Chat / Cintiq 21UX price drop on: June 13, 2008, 02:46:47 PM
The 21ux's price has dropped (in the USA, anyway) from $2,499 to $1,999, which now puts it at the same price as the 20wsx.

I'm wondering why they'd drop the cost of the big one and keep the same price for the 20WSX. Who's going to buy the smaller one now?

Their screens are both almost exactly the same width — about 17.04" — and the 21ux's screen is about 2 inches taller, giving it about 20% more surface area than the 20wsx. Their resolutions are 1600x1200 for the 21UX, and 1680x1050 for the 20WSX.

The 20wsx does have a slightly greater dpi at 98.6, compared to the 21UX's 93.9 dpi. But that 5% difference should hardly be perceptible I would think.

It just seems to me that given the choice between two things that are the same price, almost everyone is going to spring for the toy that's 20% bigger.  Grin

I think I'm going to be getting a 21ux soon (though I'm still not abandoning my builds!). My parents have been looking for something to get me for a graduation gift (just finished at Rutgers about 3 weeks ago), and after much deliberation, we're going to split the cost of one of these. I'm getting pretty excited about it.
12  Screen Tablet malarky / Monitors / Re: 6x11 widescreen tablet, monitor options...? on: June 06, 2008, 08:46:02 PM
Yeah, I just wanted to chime in on the glossy screen bit.

The screens of my 20" build (glossy plexiglass cover) and my laptop (matte finish) are about the same visibility when viewed in the dark. However, when viewed in an even moderately bright room, the laptop remains fine while my glossy simtiq is almost unusable. The glare is oppressive.

I just noticed this same phenomenon in the back room of my house. We had a 27" CRT television in there, and it was always miserable to watch during the day because the walls of our house are probably 60% windows. There was always a ridiculous glare, no matter where you sat. You could only watch it at night.

Then, one day a few weeks ago, it died. We took the opportunity to get our first HDTV. Even though it's only a 26" bugger, it's amazingly better to watch. The matte finish of the LCD screen means no glare! I can watch TV during the day! To celebrate, I watched all 24 episodes of the first season of Heroes this past weekend.  Grin

Anyway, not to hurtle off-topic too quickly..... I've always wondered if there were people who preferred the glossy look. I've seen a lot of consumer-level laptops touting the glossy displays as if they were a bonus feature. You could even order them as an option on some Dell models when I was looking a year or two ago.

13  Screen Tablet malarky / Monitors / Re: 6x11 widescreen tablet, monitor options...? on: June 06, 2008, 03:54:35 PM
Generally, yeah. Unless you only want to be able to draw on an isolated portion of the screen, which in my opinion would be totally useless. One of the builds around here did that, so it'd be worth checking out that thread.

But on a side note, I've never understood why Wacom made so many tablets that were nowhere near the same aspect ratio as any of the monitors out there. 6x11? That's such a random size.

14  General Category / General Chat / Re: To mac or not to mac... on: May 28, 2008, 07:30:00 AM
Macbook/All newer laptops (since Macbook started).
Two fingers on the trackpad+click= right click
CTRL+Click=right click
You can even buy a mouse that has a right click.
Mac wins (no fights!)

How is that winning? At the very best (with a regular 3 button mouse) it matches the same functionality of a PC's right-click. With anything else it's still more complicated.

The only thing I have against Macs is the fact that they have the Ctrl and Command keys backwards. I HATE going from Photoshop on a PC to Photoshop on a Mac. Makes me want to punch people. And I know you can remap them, but I don't have that luxury when I'm using computers that belong to other people.

Otherwise I've got no problem with Macs, and I think they're all in all really nice machines. I might even be using a Mac if my 3D app of choice (Softimage|XSI) ran on anything other than Windows and Linux. I mean sure, I could go with Maya, but no thanks.  Grin
15  General Category / General Chat / Re: To mac or not to mac... on: May 27, 2008, 06:31:44 PM
How high end are we talking?

A few months ago I was pricing out some 8-core 64-bit workstations, and the Mac version was actually like $50 cheaper than the equivalent HP or Dell systems. They're actually really competitive these days on at least that end of the scale.

For regular personal computers I'm sure PCs still come in at way less.
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