Have you always wanted to understand 3D printing? Well...we've thought about that and have made an animation showing you how 3D printing works.
There are actually several 3D printing technologies and this animation shows you the Selective Laser Sintering process from start to finish. With Selective Laser Sintering a fine powder is laid down. The laser then hardens the powder that will become the very bottom layer of your object. The rest of the powder remains in powder form. A new layer of powder is applied and the process repeats itself. Your model is then lifted out from all the loose powder and cleaned.
Each loci is a unique 3D printed sculpture bespoke to someone’s flights spurring recollection, reflection and conversation about their travels.
Through custom software built in Max/MSP, the user is able to select specific flights that matter to them, such as a honey moon, a summer vacation through Europe or all of their flights from a given year. To ease this process, the user can connect to Tripit or Foursquare and import their past flight data automatically.
Each loci comes with a card highlighting on a map all the airports flown to. The sculpture can be placed on this card to help visualize their travels. Additional information is displayed on the card, such as the title chosen by the user, the total distance travelled, the number of airports visited, and the number of flights taken.
The software generates a file suitable for 3D printing, so that the user can either print it themselves or use a service like Shapeways that prints for them.
This is a working prototype, which is currently unreleased and in the process to turn into a product/service. Check out more info at: soundplusdesign.com/?p=5691
Artist - Lullatone
Album - Soundtrack for Everyday Adventures
Track - The Best Paper Airplane Ever
Inition's latest research - an augmented reality / 3D print combination proof-of-concept iPad App. Various augmented layers are presented on to a 3D printed model of the Eli & Edy Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University by architects Zaha Hadid.