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Introducing Image Popper, a new way to easily 3D model and 3D print


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Looks like a very cool addition!

Hows about adding a greyscale feature for surface depth control (front & back could be mirroed)
#1 Paul King on 2011-04-28 15:03 (Reply)
adding greyscale and a 'blur' tool will make possible for easy 'puffy' shapes.
looks like a great start, looking forward to see the development.
#2 Artur Tchoukanov on 2011-04-28 18:29 (Reply)
Artur, can you explain how blur could work in that sense?
#3 pete on 2011-04-28 22:59 (Reply)

What I think Artur proposes is probably something like the way "bump mapping" works in games. Bump maps allow me to give a point on the model the appearance of being raised or lowered from its actual position, without actually modifying the geometry. The bump map is a texture which I create in grayscale, then run through the nVidia converter filter, which makes a multicolored texture.

Here's the point: In the grayscale texture, the relative color is the main importance. When I want to make a "dent" (meaning the model appears to move inward at that point), I transition from a light color to a dark color. When I want to make a "bump" (meaning the model appears to move outward from that point), I transition from a dark color to a light color. Blurring makes the transition more gradual. See this article for more information on how this works and how it is done for games.
#4 TurtlesAreCool on 2011-04-29 01:00 (Reply)
Woo. Now things are getting tempting to try!
#5 Shelley Noble (Homepage) on 2011-04-29 07:00 (Reply)
That's definitely in line for version 2.. in fact, I think there's a python script that needs a look-see in my inbox. :-)
#6 nancyliang on 2011-04-29 08:48 (Reply)
There's a lot of creative ways to use this. Actually, I took a cross section of a money clip, and made a money clip yesterday:
#7 nancyliang on 2011-04-29 08:50 (Reply)
I am with Paul King!
This Creator is very great but with a grayscale function to give a feature for surface depth control will be great!
( Sorry but I don't speak very well English gh ^^'' )
#8 Vincenzo Basile (Homepage) on 2011-04-29 19:31 (Reply)
Is there something peculiar about this? I just uploaded a viola mute that is seriously less than 2.5 inches wide, and wanted to print it in steel ... and was informed that it was $636! Did something go wrong, or is this Image Popper thing a rich person's toy?
#9 janiscortese on 2011-05-09 16:59 (Reply)

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