On March 13, 2020, we got the call that Newton Public Schools would be shut down for two weeks. Two weeks later became the rest of the school year. This blog post, among others, were left unfinished from the 2019-2020 school year.
In preparation for resurfacing the tigers with patterns, we first have to carefully sand every nook and cranny of the tigers. While we usually like to sand outside in the fresh air where there is lots of ventilation, the cold New England weather simply wouldn’t allow us to make that possible. Luckily, the Newton North Carpentry department graciously offered their space for us to sand in and stay warm.
In our sanding process, first we inspect the tigers and remove any obvious imperfections leftover from the 3D printer with pliers or X-acto knives. Then, we carefully sand, working up from 80 grit sandpaper all the way up to 2400 grit sandpaper. Because the tigers are so uniquely shaped, we use a variety of tools to make sure each part is smooth and ready to be resurfaced.
Thank you again to Mr. Tingle and Carpentry for letting us sand in your workspace!