CoPilot Studios

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2014 roundup! 2015 beginnings!

Happy New Year!
A lot happened in 2014 that I haven't blogged about just yet.

As of January 8th, 2015, Area27 got their final approval from the Osoyoos Indian Band to start development of the racetrack. I haven't mentioned much about Area27. Bill Drossos (my cousin) has teamed up with Jacques Villeneuve to make an epic Motorsports Club to be developed in the Okanagan near Oliver.  They have enough members and backing, and this thing is gonna happen!  I've been helping from the beginning working on branding, promotional materials, assisting track layout and zoning, building design, even helping on a driveable 3D track simulation!... pushing into many new design areas and learning lots of new stuff along the way.

Check out the Area27 website here, & below are some of the renderings I made for them:

CoPilot Studios has a 3D Printer on the way! Together with my friend Sandy, who also bought one, we supported M3D's kickstarter project to produce small, ultra-affordable 3D-printers.  Despite a few setbacks in production they've made good progress and we're looking forward to getting ours this spring.  Could I even be the first person to have a 3D printer on a sailboat!?  Either way, I've got some big ideas for applying this technology in new and interesting ways.

I have begun work on custom eyeglasses frames for clients!  While building the first client pair, I'm trying new design elements including doing science-y experiments for testing adhesive bonds to titanium (results to be posted soon).

Testing titanium in formulations of hydrogen peroxide to make a bondable oxide layer

Testing titanium in formulations of hydrogen peroxide to make a bondable oxide layer

Last fall, I made a custom tool chest specifically for making custom eyeglass frames.  This contains everything i need to work from my boat or to bring to a client meeting to help with material selection, measurements, or modifications.

Custom glasses building tool chest

Custom glasses building tool chest

I had a small project for my friend James Lester of the Sons of Vancouver Distillery where I drafted their site plans. They should be opening soon and I look forward to stopping in for a drink!

There were also a few other contract design jobs I worked on but cannot mention just yet due to confidentiality. All in all, 2014 was a busy year and look out for some exciting announcements early in 2015!