It looks like many of the DioWarriors props are becoming hybrids: first we introduced FDM combined with SLA 3D printing for many of our props. Now we are combining 3D printing with laser cutting.
We recently got involved with laser cutting. Late last year we received our laser cutter, but it sat in the corner of the workshop for a few months. There is a learning curve with laser cutting. We do a lot of 3D printing which means we design models in 3D, not 2D that a laser cutter needs. Even though many 3D CAD programs offer the ability to convert a 3D model to 2D, it is not the same as designing the model in 2D. So we had to learn new software and design new models.
With the laser cutter itself you're dealing with focus, speed, and beam intensity. There is also the factor of the material you're working with. Many materials like to burn, others like to melt. Settings on the laser machine is a balance between cutting and burning -- if the laser moves too slow the beam might be too hot that wood might burn, or plastic might melt, welding itself together.
Combining laser engraving and cutting with 3D printing is opening a whole new world of possibilities. To illustrate, DioWarriors recently started a Sci-Fi theme. The first set of models being a "tactical" display featuring a world map on clear acrylic. Acrylic illuminates well with LED lights and works well for the Sci-Fi theme. We now have several "tactical" displays and a number of computer consoles with clear acrylic. More are planned, such as holographic displays, tactical tables, even medical scanners.
Other themes are planned as well. Wood and plastic are big on the list, and there's many themes we can use wood for. These materials work well with laser cutting and are widely available. We're still experimenting, though, so you'll see things posted that have nothing to do with diorama or props. 1:1 scaled stuff such as Zippo lighters and drink coasters (cork and even stone and slate). You will also see other things that are not diorama props, but are props for the Action Figure collector. Lighted displays are going to be interesting and can make for good attention grabbers for a collection. You'll see some of these ideas in action at the 2018 GI Joe convention (be sure to stop at the DioWarriors table.)
So, for now, you'll see a lot of random stuff and some props. We're still at the experimental stage, but the future is going to be exciting. If you have ideas for laser cutting, please feel free to share your ideas in the comment section.
Introducing the DioWarriors Update, a new Alexa Skill for the Amazon Echo. It is a news flash briefing. We hope to use the skill to help keep you informed of the various topics concerning toy photography, action figures, and photo novels (diostories). Topics will be kept short and to the point.
What sort of information might we include in a flash briefing? News topics of relevance to the Action Figure collector community. We may also do the occasional shout out to DioWarriors fans.
Right now, though, we don't have a name for the skill. "DioWarriors" doesn't get pronounced properly without special SSML (Speech Synthesis Markup Language) codes being added to the text. Using SSML codes in the body of text is okay, but for the name of the skill... well, it won't look good. If you have a suggestion for a name let us know.
With Conspiracy the threat that challenges your favorite team are the humans themselves -- leaders with agendas -- secrecy in government. There must be a reason to obscure reports. What might that reason be? And what might the next secret mission involve? What will your elite team do if confronted with a conspiracy? A very real and dangerous threat are the humans led by those in power who have an agenda. The humans are both the antagonist and protagonist: dark, secret projects, shadow governments, corrupt politicians, secrets someone in power doesn't want revealed, these are the threats that your elite teams must confront. It's a challenge of loyalty, honor, and devotion to duty.
As you can see, the scope for Dio Noir: Conspiracy can become involved and has the potential to take your action figures into the dark world of shadow governments and beyond the confines of Earth.
Here are some ideas:
Have you seen the DioWarriors logo? It's an alien. We're going crazy over the alien, and why not? Aliens have been a part of both real world and sci-fi for centuries. But we like them for the simple reason that aliens are techno... they are futuristic; using technology so advanced it might as well be magic. Look at an alien and all sorts of things come to mind: space, dimensional travel, time travel, mystery, secrets, government, survival, and fantastic wonders -- all the things that make great dios and dio stories.
Concerning DioWarriors, aliens offer a blank slate that we seek to fill. We're developing a new approach to all our props. This stems from two things: very high resolution 3d printers and more reliance on injection molding. So you will see design changes creep in all the props, and a bunch of newer props (already being made.) In a way we're phasing out the old. So if you like what we have right now, now is the time to get them before those designs are gone.
But, getting back to the topic of aliens, you'll also be seeing more of them, much more. This is all we're going to say on the topic for now.
Here are some pics of the DioWarriors alien around our office. A mouse pad and polo shirts to start with. Expect to see more of the logo throughout the site and the things we do.
If you are into fantasy/sci-fi figures or simply like collecting unique toy lines, Animal Warriors of the Kingdom is one to get. Developed by Jason Bienvenu and Spero Studios, these figures are unlike any we've seen before, especially from an independent toy maker. At DioWarriors we are excited about this line because the potential for photography and diostories is huge. After all, with the wealth of the many 1:18 scale (4") lines from real-world military to sci-fi and post-apocalyptic, mythology, and (soon) fantasy, one can create a world or worlds of action figure adventure.
Animal Warriors of the Kingdom has it's own story. But if you are like most of us at DioWarriors, we plan to supplement our own adventures with these figures.
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