Step 8: Results, applications, limitations, and possible variations.

These techniques can produce novel and striking effects, surreal blends between different objects, between reality and imagination. Real objects may be cloned, scaled, deformed, and modified in virtually limitless ways. 3d digital modeling may be enhanced by "sampling" from the real world via 3d scanning. The techniques and aesthetics of the digital world may be brought to the world of tangible reality. I use the techniques for artistic purposes, but many they have endless other potential applications.
Similar techniques are already used in the medical field, 3d models of bones and other organs can be acquired via CT or MRI scanning, and modifications are printed out in bio-compatible materials. Potentially in the future 3d prints may even be made using the patient's own cultured cells.
On a more prosaic level, these techniques could be used to repair or customise objects. Custom toys, hobby models, jewelery, cases for electronic devices, prosthetics, etc. The applications are limitless.
The main limitation of this technique is size. Larger 3d prints are exponentially more expensive than smaller prints, and shapeways currently prints at a maximum size of 25x38x20cm using the "full color sandstone" material.
A range of different effects may be achieved through variations on the technique that I describe in this tutorial. One potential example would be to create embossed text on practically any surface, as shown in the image above. For this tutorial I subtracted a 3d scan from a digital model, but it is also be possible to subtract a 3d model from itself, thereby creating a 3d print that can be tiled or tessellated. An example of this is shown in the second image above, I created a 3d printed hand that perfectly fits onto copies of itself, so once it's duplicated (in this case through a silicone mold) it may be tessellated into a sphere shape.
So, to conclude, these technologies open up a wide range of interesting and exciting creative effects that were not possible in the recent past, I'm very excited to see what other people are able to achieve with these techniques.
<p>Wow, I did it. Looks pretty cool!</p>
<p>Truly inspired project; great idea and execution! You've definitely given me some food for thought.</p><p>I've found that PhotoScan does a very nice job of capturing people as long as you have a good lighting setup.</p>
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That's soooooooo cooooolll!!!!!!
Wish I had a 3d printer my house would never look the same again :-)
Brilliant! Great idea.
This is insane. Awesome job!
Really stunning and an incredibly unique and interesting idea. The colour matching on the lego blocks on the steps and the dripping bricks really surprised me. <br> <br>If you don't mind me asking, you mention that you gave the printed pieces a sand with some very fine paper and then gave it a coat of thin superglue before then giving it some matte. <br>Why did you give it a superglue layer before the varnish (would the varnish have not sufficed on it's own)? <br>Did you just use regular superglue from a tube and then use a brush or did you thin it with something? <br> <br>Really appreciate any input you have, and again, really awesome work.
Fantastic! <br>What 3d printer did you use? <br>and about the colors... the printer already make the 3d object and colors, textures?
Brilliant work!
Are you joking? That is the coolest thing I have EVER seen!!!
dude you got skills im speechless
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This is brilliant
Thats cool, I never knew that 3d scanning with photographs was so precise. You could do some really cool halaween pranks like this.
Awesome idea, awesome tutorial! And that is some INVALUABLE advice on scaling everything by 39.37%. <br> <br>This is so creative man, I love it!
Thanks Deej!
I love this! What a nifty idea.
wow. Nice idea. Briliant. Love the lego stone

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