Step 1: Photoshop!

This step is pretty simple. I needed to create a nice, clear reference image to trace in 3d. All I had to do here is increase the contrast and clean up an image of the Bioshock logo I found online. I started by resizing the image so the logo filled the canvas. Then I pulled up the image>adjustments>levels menu and slid the two tabs in towards the center of the histogram (the little graph in the middle.) This is to increase the contrast so I can isolate the areas of the image that I'll pull out into 3d. Ctrl+shift+u will turn the image monochrome and a little bit of magic with the wand, bucket, and brush tools will get you an image that's ready to trace in SolidWorks.
it looks very good! precision metal works! <br>I think besides good cnc machine specifications, such as cheap or high-class model, solid stability is also very important, <br>Besides, you need also great metal carving tools installed on the machine, <br>To get such beautiful processing job ;-) <br>
I think the &quot;No Gods or Kings, Only Man&quot; quote would look great going around the belt. Favorite quote of entire game :D
if only i had a cnc<br>
nobody can do this
i have :)
What are the dimensions of the buckle?
Honestly,I think the unfinished buckle looks better.Fits the theme of Rapture.
<em>A gym for nerds? </em><br> <br> How about a gym for people that want to do something that's more productive than running in place and throwing weights around?<br> <br> (By the way, for the price of joining TechShop for a year or two, you can buy your own industrial tools. Check out <a href="http://www.harborfreight.com/">Harbor Freight</a>; you can get a lot of cheap imported tools that actually work surprisingly well.)<br>
Do you have the CAD files for this? there's a cnc machine at my high school and we get unlimited access after school.
Im so using this to make a halo logo belt buckle
Where do you get a cnc machine? Also, how much do you want for a silicon&nbsp;mold or red wax copy?
This has to be one of the coolest things&nbsp;I have ever seen<br /> <br /> <br /> Ever
Awesome instructable! I think I'm going to make a sunwheel like this.<br />
ZOMG TIS IS SO FRICKIN AWESOME!!! i want to make a companion cube to replace my old one... rip best friend :(
I am going to see if the guys in the shop can make me one with the CNC machine out of metal from this:<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.3dcontentcentral.com/download-model.aspx?catalogid=171&amp;id=10866#">http://www.3dcontentcentral.com/download-model.aspx?catalogid=171&amp;id=10866#</a><br/>
It is common to form inappropriate attachments to the companion cube.
It willnot threaten to stab you, and in fact cannot speak. Unless you use gary's mod ;D
What I wouldn't give for a weighted companion cube :)
Sigh... I doodle companion cubes all over my agenda :(
you can play around with this model of a companion cube in blender or any other 3d program that can import stl's: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:915">http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:915</a><br/>
Very cool!! But, I have one question. Is that Bioshock image copyrighted? If yes, then would this be considered illegal since you are using that image to make money without a licence from the owners? I'm guessing the makers of the game probably could care less and also think it's awesome. But their big legal department might see fault with it. Does anyone know if this is infringment or something? I hope it's not because I would buy it!
How is he making money off of it?
He's selling them for $60. Did you click the link to his site?
it should be illegal to charge 60 for a this thing, copyright or not
That's mean. He did an excellent job on this thing. The quality is excellent as well.
Nope. But he checked, and they said no he can't. So this is all a moot point anyway. And as a personal note... I think that if someone makes something based off of something but the company who owns the trademark isn't making anything like that... They shouldn't get in trouble for doing so.
Yeah, when he originally posted this it didn't say anything about checking with 2K. Anyway, I agree with you. He should be able to make these things all he wants, and even sell them, but I know there is a possibility he could get in big trouble for it.
He's advocating warez software and "technically legal copies from cheap software resellers". I don't think he's worried about copyrights.
True. I was just wondering.
This would only be illegal if he tried to sell any. That's why he says in the intro: "*I just heard back from 2K Boston and I won't be able to sell any buckles under pain of death. Thank y'all for all your interest and support but it looks like it wasn't in the cards. I'm still working on getting official licensing but the outlook is dim.*"
It's a very low level of illegal if any. He could always ask for licensing.
wonderful. unfortunately, i'd get half way through this and stop working on it all together.
If you wan't to cast the bronze yourself (the most interesting part imho) and live in the bay area you can go to <a rel="nofollow" href="http://thecrucible.org/">The Crucible</a>.<br/>
Seconded. I haven't been to the Crucible myself, but I have a number of friends who work/play there and love it.
now i am beginning to hate te fact that i live i NYC
If you really want to make and do and play with tech folks there's always NYC Resistor.
Ha! I'm reading notes from conferences in NYC right now that make me wish I lived *there*! I don't know much about workshops in your area but I'd really think there must be *something*. Some help, instructables people?
I hate dejavu, i just got dejavu and did not like it at all. =/<br/>anyway, nice instructable<br/>
Remarkably well documented, bofthem! Any time I had a question or wanted to learn more, one of your links took me straight to the information I needed. I learned way more than I expected reading this 'ible!
I'm pointing out you could probabaly give them away for free and accept "donations" of a specified amount
You should sell some mold for the people who want one but don't want to pay $60 for one ore don't have a CNC machine.
It's a nice idea but the economics don't work out so well. To make any profit at all on the mold I'd have to charge about $20. Wax costs about $10/lb. Someone who has never dealt with wax casting is probably going to have trouble getting a good model made without bubbles but it can be done. Depending on the metal caster you use and how their equipment is set up you'll spend from $20-$50 per casting. Then it would be up to you to finish it and braze on the hardware. It's just not feasible.
Isn't Solidworks really expensive? I know 3ds Max is, and that's a similar program.
I won my student edition in a CADD competition so i got it for free!
That all depends on how willing you are to beg for the student version, go in with your friends and share a licence, or use the incredible but illicit powers of warez. But yeah, the full suite is like $9000. I think you can get technically legal copies from cheap software resellers like <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.softster.net/P2782/3D_Modeling/SolidWorks_2009_x32.html">sofster</a>, but I've never used it. I used to work for a design company so got a copy and license from them.<br/>
Wow! That's fantastic and very detailed with great links. The CNC process reminds me of the Compucarve and/or Carvewright machines. These were designed originally for wood but some have been using them to carve wax, Lucite (lithophane?) and other materials for molds. A great buckle idea from a great game!
Freaking awesome, You sir deserve a medal! 5*
oh but he already has one..
ah, you're clever...

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