Video: Using Haptic Tech for 3D Design

By on August 12th, 2011 in Design

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Artist Farah Bandookwala describes her experience using a haptic input device to design wonderful 3D sculptures. Haptic technology is the ability to “touch” a model using physical feedback mechanisms. This changes the design process significantly from conventional 3D design methods to something perhaps more akin to traditional art approaches. She’s been using the Cloud9 software/hardware input combination to create some very unusual artwork. 
In the video, Bandookwala says: 
Using your hands as an artist and craftsperson, and using a haptic interface allow for being able to understand the form of an object through touch. I didn’t really get immersed in using 3D software until I used Cloud 9 because it let me think in a way I was used to thinking about materials in a physical sense. 
We think this is a very important point. Some (well, perhaps many) popular 3D modelling software packages are designed for engineers, not artists. Even those that have an artistic bent are hampered by the differences in the interface as Bandookwala describes. This could be a factor in limiting the future use of 3D printers to produce artistic works. 
Today few have haptic interface hardware and software ready for use on their machines. But you can have both if you visit A1 Technologies and check out their Chameleon 3D package, which includes both the required hardware and software for £495.00 (USD$810). 
Via Vimeo and A1 Technologies (Hat tip to Rachel)

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!

1 comment

  1. The haptic software that Farah uses is from Anarkik3D. We designed Cloud9 as a haptic product, the purpose being a more intuitive way of working digitally in 3D. Cloud9 does make creative modelling immediately accessible to artists, applied artists and designers as they can get straight into it as it is so quick and easy to learn and use. Cloud9 is developed to work with the robust and affordable Novint Falcon haptic device.
    A1 Technology as our UK/EU distributor have called the package 'Chameleon', which can be confusing. Anarkik3D commissioned the video about Farah's Jerwood Makers Open 2011 Awards winning work for submission to the Craft Council's/Victoria and Albert Museum's video competition, hoping for inclusion in the video stream for the 'Power of Making' exhibition opening later this year.

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