I worked far into the night (and morning) getting fingers built on the computer for the mannequin. They are so small that the 3D printing website was not liking them and I had to rebuild them numerous times. I finally decided they were good and placed the order. Next week by Friday I should be receiving all the parts for the male skeleton.
I took measurements on all the joints that would require screws and ordered the appropriate hardware. They all should arrive by Friday of next week as well. I don’t feel confident about the attachment of the fingers to the hands. I have some tiny magnets but I don’t think they will be strong enough. I’ll figure it out when I actually have all the parts and can play around with them.
Tonight I started placing 3D muscle models on my 3D skeleton in the computer. So far I have 160 muscles. I have to decide what to do about the face because I don’t think I want to put individual muscles on it. The neutral pose with the muscles looks good, but I have to next go in and start shortening each muscle individually and inflating them so they look flexed. This part of the project will take a very long time. Then I have to figure out the best approach to constructing them in real life. I may have individual molds built for each one, or I may have them printed as they are.
I think I need to just make like four muscles for now and see how they will function on the skeleton model. That should help me decide which direction to go.