The Chrysler Walking Stick has finally arrived and we're so excited to hold it in our hands after seeing its virtual model on a screen for months!
The client had this fascination for the Art Deco style and particularly for the Chrysler Building in New York. So we proposed to convert the iconic eagle at floor 61 into the handle of the walking stick.
When the client approved the concept, it was time to switch to a more detailed and "engineered" version of the eagle.
It's clear, despite the digital and technological workflow we always prefer to start with traditional sketches and hand drawings.
Computer 3D modeling helped us convert the original idea into a three-dimensional virtual object.
Due to the complexity of the shape, the best choice was to use Blender, an extremely powerful modeling tool.
These are few images showing the 3D modeling phase.
After showing the test rendering to the client and receiving the final approval, it was time for 3D printing.
Although this type of object was very close to be a jewel due to its details and complexity, we opted for a standard FDM technology instead of SLS as we did with the Wolfman Walking Stick.
FabLabDF did the 3D print.
The client decided that the walking stick had to be a unique solid piece of aluminum.
At first we thought lost wax casting was perfect, and indeed it was! But it was expensive too!
So finally we decided to use sand casting and Alfredo Jimenez Leon had the right set of experience and sensibility.
In fact, we didn't want the walking stick to look too perfect, which is quite common when using digital processes. We wanted the final product to maintain an artesanal look.
Sand casting was just perfect.
And here it is, the Chrysler Walking Stick!