The Photoshaper

By on March 16th, 2009 in blog

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Shapeways continues to innovate, and this time it’s The Photoshaper. What is it? It’s a cross between 3D and 2D mediums in which you submit a standard 2D photograph and Shapeway’s unique software will interpret the colors and shading to produce a semi-3D model of the photograph. The object can then be illuminated from behind to produce a rather interesting visual effect. We say “semi-3D” because the 3D model is quite thin and in no way represents the actual 3D objects in the photographic scene.

As you can see in the photo above, the 2D image has been rendered in a thin 3D form. The print media is not completely opaque and thus light can leak through from behind, with more light coming through the thinnest areas. This creates what Shapeways terms a “light sculpture” . We think it’s a pretty cool way to use 3D print tech.

Don’t limit yourself to photographs, either. Shapeways accepts images, which could include abstract and computer generated scenes. Text would also be straightforward to use.

Pricing, as always, depends on how big an object you’ll be producing, but we believe it to be in the USD$40-60 range. And don’t forget to order one of those fancy stands to hold up your light sculpture!

Via Shapeways Photoshaper

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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