The Production Artists Really are Artists


The production people we have are good at their jobs. Ok, really good at their jobs. I am continually impressed by their ability to produce so many widgets every day. But like anyone else, soldering parts for 8+ hours a day can lead to a few mistakes.

Rather than just toss all the scrap boards/ICs/sensors into a recycling bin, the production artists put on their creative caps and come up with some really cool stuff we like to call “Solder Sculptures.” These pieces range from toy soldiers to ornate dragons. Check out the photos below to see some of their best work!

http://www.sparkfun.com/images/newsimages/Dragon-01-L.JPG

This fiery little guy (ha!) is the work of production guru/sculptor extraordinaire Gerry. This picture doesn’t quite do him justice as he is probably over a foot long. Pretty amazing work!

http://www.sparkfun.com/images/newsimages/Tanks-01-L.JPGhttp://www.sparkfun.com/images/newsimages/Tanks-02-L.JPG

These battle cruisers, ships, and tanks are the handiwork of production artists Tyler and Joel. Complete with metal armor and heavy artillery, these guys are ready to take over Boulder!

http://www.sparkfun.com/images/newsimages/LittleGuys-01-L.JPG

Here we have a series of characters created by Tyler and Joel (again). Vaguely reminiscent of the little green army men so many of us played with as kids, these are some pretty nifty little action figures.

http://www.sparkfun.com/images/newsimages/Bugs-01-L.JPG

Last, but not least, the Tyler/Joel dynamic duo is back at it again with this family of mechanical bugs. Besides looking like something from Wild, Wild West (one of Will Smith’s finest pieces of cinema), these guys are as cool and creative as they are scary!


Comments 16 comments

  • This is why I love Sparkfun so much and come visit the site almost every day. Serious-fun and fun-fun.
    Please, keep things like this coming guys!

  • muy bueno ,felicitaciones,te invito a que visites mi blog<br /> www.kikearts.blogspot.com<br /> compartimos el mismo arte y estilo<br /> un saludo desde malaga espaņa.

  • Hey the pictures are gone!

  • You should sell these things. They really are that good, you could seriously open an art gallery. I know I’d buy some of them.

  • Perhaps you change your motto to “Subsidizing Fun”

  • I Loved the spider….
    Its for sale ???
    Could you plz send the spcefication of it ?

  • Working at SparkFun would be a dream job. I like the scorpion and the tree the best.

  • And people wonder why components are so expensive. ;)
    I just wonder if it is because of the waste factor or because it is “art”. :lol:
    Cool stuff.

  • Like the art, possibly a new tutorial or kit on making these???

  • Really cool stuff.
    Especially the dragon, but I also must admit, I really worry about those poor bluetooth modules. They can’t be all bad. :-)

    • Actually - production does a phenomenal job at building stuff. I think they’re better than 98% yield. Those SFE Bluetooth modules were the exception to the rule. And that’s over many builds. Some boards just don’t work no matter how hard you try!

  • Looks like SFE is peopled by artistic as well a technically skilled creatives. Love the scorpion especially!

  • I don’t think I could get a way with spending time at work doing such things, let alone have them posted to a company website for public viewing.
    Very cool indeed. SFE and the creations.

    • i know! i waste company time and resources like water, but if i ever showed my boss all the cool stuff i make with it, i would be out the door in a second. no respect… i get can’t get no respect!

  • I love your nerdy little heads.


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