Quote:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jwNWOlU6...r_embeddedRead more: http://www.geek.com/articles/geek-pick/h...s-2012082/
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.
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.