The We the Builders team is proud to present our fourth project, United States cultural icon Rosie the Riveter, sculpted by Baltimore maker Jen Schachter as part of her work as Special Projects Manager at Baltimore's Digital Harbor Foundation.
Jen sculpted Rosie the Riveter in oil-based clay over a wire armature, with the finished work being about 7" tall. The sculpture was then 3D scanned by Direct Dimensions, and scaled up to 33" tall to match the size of the previous three sculptures we've done. Using Netfabb, we've sliced up the model into 289 printable pieces, organized into sets of four color categories.
Now we need your help to bring it to life! Our goal is to finish Rosie by the end of 2016. We will once again be working with the fine folks at Digital Harbor Foundation for the final assembly process. DHF has consistently been in the top contributors list for We the Builders projects, and we couldn't have put Poe together without their help!
In order to capture the distinctive colors of Rosie's look, we have broken down the parts into color categories. This strategy was very successful for our last project, and we are excited to ratchet up the colors for Rosie. Rosie will be made up of parts in these color categories:
We love having our builders send us parts in all kinds of diverse materials. Our past projects have included parts made from ABS, PLA, PHA, wood, resin, metal plated, UV reactive, bronze filled, glow-in-the-dark, and multicolor dyed and filament-swapped parts. Feel free to use whatever materials you want, but please do your best to match the color category for your part!
You can get started by clicking one of the "Give me a File to Print" buttons below. Print your part in the color or shade that you chose and send us a photo, along with the dimensions. If it looks good, ship it to us, or grab another part and print some more!
Check out the How it Works page for the full breakdown.
We the Builders brings together 3D printer operators from all over the world to create sculptures that inspire makers. Our sculptures have toured maker-related events of all sizes around the northeastern United States, from local STEAM education events all the way to the White House.
Jen Schachter brings a fine art background from MICA and career experience designing visual displays to the Maker and DIY movement in Baltimore. Jen is a New York native who relocated to Baltimore for school. Over the past nine years she has grown to love the city she now calls home. In her spare time, she likes exploring outdoors, running, biking, and building things out of anything and everything she can find.
Special thanks to Sophie and Clara of Direct Dimensions in Owings Mills for the 3D scanning.
The Digital Harbor Foundation is a non-profit youth makerspace dedicated to fostering learning, creativity, productivity, and community through education. In 2013 they transformed a closed-down rec center in Baltimore City into a vibrant Tech Center for youth. In 2014 they launched the Center of Excellence to train educators on how they can bring technology and making into their learning environment.
Our thanks to all the people who are making this project happen!