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WOW! Software for 3D printing Articulated Action Figures!
08-03-2012, 01:44 AM #1
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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A team of computer scientists at Harvard University have developed a piece of software that allows anyone to 3D print their own action figures at home. Not only will the models carry the likeness of the character, they will also be fully articulated.

The software can take an animated 3D character and figure out where best to place its joints. In what is referred to as reverse rendering, the software first looks at an animated character’s shape and movement and identifies the best joint points. It then adjusts the size of the different parts of the model so as to allow a real joint to work once printed. Optimizations are then carried out to produce a model as close as possible to the on-screen version, but at the same time workable as an actual real-world, articulated 3D model.
Read more: http://www.geek.com/articles/geek-pick/h...s-2012082/

So here's the catch... the article went on to say the following:

Quote:There’s certainly a copyright problem down the road, and it’s not one that can be easily solved even if copyright holders take a hard line against anyone uploading animated models of their characters for this software to use.

This could put the ability to manufacture all sorts of items in the hands of the average person, it could take technology and inventors to levels we can only imagine.
I'm sure this will be outlawed soon. vic.gif

08-03-2012, 01:55 AM #2
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:41,154 Threads:1,535 Joined:Feb 2011
Well obviously the downside would be putting millions of people out of work but we need to come up with a better way of managing this world and the thing called life anyway.

From a professional standpoint in this specific case I'd say it would make work a whole lot easier. woohoo.gif

Very cool! thumbsup.gif

08-03-2012, 10:16 AM #3
Jed Member
Posts:210 Threads:40 Joined:Mar 2012
Allowing the kids to make their own
toys is just like when we was kids.
I whittled all my toys as a kid, I was 3d
printing before it was the "in thing" chuckle.gif
08-04-2012, 01:38 AM #4
Upāsaka Member
Posts:1,230 Threads:252 Joined:Feb 2011

I bought this when it first came out.


It was an impulse buy for posterity, while at Uni. I may have been drunk when I bought it as well... Still unopened and in mint condition. I hoping it will be a great barter item. chuckle.gif
08-04-2012, 02:05 AM #5
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:41,154 Threads:1,535 Joined:Feb 2011

I'm fairly convinced you'll get bushels of food for that one. beercheer.gif
08-04-2012, 02:24 AM #6
Upāsaka Member
Posts:1,230 Threads:252 Joined:Feb 2011
or magic beans, mushrooms. I'm easy that way.



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