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3D Printing Designers Interview: Garrett Kearney from ChaosCoreTech

1. Garrett, can you say a few words about yourself and your work?

My name is Garrett Kearney, I run a YouTube channel called Chaos Core Tech where I make new 3D models every week, my wife paints them and I post videos showing them off and sharing the file for people to enjoy.

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2. Where do you get your inspiration to create these fabulous designs?

I really enjoy the artistic side of 3D modeling and 3D printing. So my drive comes from wanting to improve my own skills to be able to create amazingly detailed 3D characters. My inspiration comes mostly from Video Games and Anime. Both of those were huge parts of my childhood, and I still dream of being able to 3D model characters like those of Dragonball Z and Final Fantasy.

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3. Which CAD software(s) do you use to make your designs?

I started out in Tinkercad, and I took that as far as I could before switching over to Fusion 360. I really like the mixing of sculpting 3D forms and using 2D sketches and CAD tools to create more complex models. But now I’m even feeling some limitations in Fusion 360, so I’m actually starting the transition to making some of the more organic characters in ZBrush.

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4. What 3D printer have you got and what are your regular printing settings?

I currently have 2 3D printers. My first was the Robo 3D R1, which I got in September of 2014. My second printer is the XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 Pro. I got this printer a few months ago. I use pretty similar settings on both machines as I mostly print in PLA. I typically print at 0.3mm layer height for big models or models that don’t require a huge amount of surface detail, but for smaller and more detailed prints I use 0.1mm layer height. I usually use 20-30% infill. And I use supports and rafts when they are necessary (which is most of the time with my characters).

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5. Finally, among all your great work, what is your favorite creation?

Picking a favorite is hard. I’ve created just about 80 models since I started, but some of my favorites are the easy to print models I’ve created. These are most notably: Kirby, Bob-omb, Oddish, and most of the Slime Rancher slimes. These don’t require supports and are super fun models to use as test prints when trying to dial in settings on a new printer or new filament. I also really enjoyed my Wall-E robot. It would probably be my favorite but I wasn’t able to get it fully working in the end. But it still looks really cool.

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