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TASKŪ 15 Alligators Rotationally Cast for a Good Cause

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Naples, Florida provides programs to disadvantaged children in the greater Naples, Florida area. As a fund raising initiative, Naples officials decided to follow the lead of Milwaukee, WI (cows), Dallas, TX (horses), and other cities across the USA using cast models painted by local artists and auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Bill Klopping (Beyond Design Studios) took the lead in delivering lightweight, rotationally cast alligator models made from TASK® 15 liquid plastic. TASK 15 was chosen because models made with it would be virtually indestructible (high impact resistance) for being in proximity to the general public as well as easily painted by local artists. The fund raiser was a complete success, providing much need funding for worthwhile programs for disadvantaged children.
 Smooth-On silicone rubber was used to make the molds that would be used for rotational casting.  The support shell is made of fiberglass and resin.

Smooth-On silicone rubber was used to make the molds that would be used for rotational casting. The support shell is made of fiberglass and resin.
 Mold structure is assembled and secured to rotocast machine.

Mold structure is assembled and secured to rotocast machine.
 TaskŪ 15 resin is mixed and poured into the mold. The mold is rotated 360° is all directions for 10 minutes.

TaskŪ 15 resin is mixed and poured into the mold. The mold is rotated 360° is all directions for 10 minutes.
 The TaskŪ 15 resin gradually builds layers against the walls of the rubber mold.

The TaskŪ 15 resin gradually builds layers against the walls of the rubber mold.
 After 15 minutes, the TASKŪ plastic is cured enough to be back filled with a rigid foam that will add lightweight support.

After 15 minutes, the TASKŪ plastic is cured enough to be back filled with a rigid foam that will add lightweight support.
 Casting is demolded in about 1 hour.

Casting is demolded in about 1 hour.
 The silicone mold of the alligator body is ready to be used again.

The silicone mold of the alligator body is ready to be used again.
 Close up of arm and claw of cast alligator.

Close up of arm and claw of cast alligator.
 Parts molded seperately from the main body are attached and the seam is chased.

Parts molded seperately from the main body are attached and the seam is chased.
 Finishing touches are made to each casting and made ready for priming.

Finishing touches are made to each casting and made ready for priming.
 Alligators are primed and will be shipped to Naples, Fl. for painting by local artists.

Alligators are primed and will be shipped to Naples, Fl. for painting by local artists.

                   
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