[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_content_boxes layout=”icon-with-title” iconcolor=”” circlecolor=”” circlebordercolor=”” backgroundcolor=””]
[fusion_content_box title=”Maquette Sculpting” icon=”leaf” image=”” image_width=”30″ image_height=”30″ link=”https://bignativity.com/?page_id=156″ linktarget=”_self” linktext=”Learn more about maquette sculpting” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″]After the artist has conceptualized the nativity design in his head, and transferred that design to a drawing, the next step is to create a small 3 dimensional model of the design. This is known as a maquette. Each nativity sculpture started out as a maquette. [/fusion_content_box]
[fusion_content_box title=”3D Scanning” icon=”laptop” image=”” image_width=”30″ image_height=”30″ link=”https://bignativity.com/?page_id=158″ linktarget=”_self” linktext=”Learn more about 3D Scanning” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″]This is where old school sculpting meets modern technology. Big Nativity uses 3D laser scanners to map the surface area of the maquette digitally. That data is called mesh, which the sculptor manipulates digitally to create a virtual rendering.[/fusion_content_box]
[fusion_content_box title=”3D CNC Enlargement” icon=”cogs” image=”” image_width=”30″ image_height=”30″ link=”https://bignativity.com/?page_id=160″ linktarget=”_self” linktext=”Learn more about 3D CNC enlargement” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″]After the sculptor has created a digital image of the maquette through the scanning proces, it can then be enlarged or reduced to any size. The Big Nativity sculptures were enlarged to the scale of 8 foot human figures. This digitally enlarged data is milled out of foam on a CNC machine to create a large scale foam armature.[/fusion_content_box]
[fusion_content_box title=”Heroic Sculpting” icon=”leaf” image=”” image_width=”30″ image_height=”30″ link=”https://bignativity.com/?page_id=162″ linktarget=”_self” linktext=”Learn more about heroic sculpting” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″]With the enlarged foam armatures built, the sculptor is now ready to do the actual sculpting in heroic size. A thin layer of clay is placed over the entire armature to reveal the form in clay. The detail sculpting of all textures and features is then performed.[/fusion_content_box]
[fusion_content_box title=”Mold Making” icon=”briefcase” image=”” image_width=”30″ image_height=”30″ link=”https://bignativity.com/?page_id=165″ linktarget=”_self” linktext=”Learn more about mold making” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″]Once the sculpting is completed, it is time to make the molds. This can be almost as time consuming as the sculpting and modeling phases. Making a perfect mold is as paramount to making a perfect sculpture. A perfect mold reveals a perfect casting.[/fusion_content_box]
[fusion_content_box title=”Rotational Casting” icon=”refresh” image=”” image_width=”30″ image_height=”30″ link=”https://bignativity.com/?page_id=167″ linktarget=”_self” linktext=”Learn more about rotational casting” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″]With the molds completed, you can then start fabricating finished sculptures. The molds are placed on huge rotational casting machines which spin the mold in all directions. The casting material goes into the mold in a liquid form and then hardens in the mold. It can take an entire day of machine time to produce a nativity sculpture.[/fusion_content_box]