Although the techniques share a similar vision, they are opposites as well. Whereas augmented reality is instant and infinitely customizable, 3D printing takes time and the output is static. But what is the result when both are combined?
Industrial Designer Joris van Tubergen and augmented reality artist Sander Veenhof have invented something we’ve not seen previously: a way to view your 3D printing operation using augmented reality.
Wait a sec, what does that mean? Watch the video above to see what we mean, but it is a way to observe the final appearance of your 3D print overlaid on the actual in-progress 3D print.
This process seems strange and unnecessary at first, but then we realized that we’re always doing this at the lab. Looking at an in-progress print to see where it’s at, how much is left to do, how the current layer’s shape will fit into the final appearance.
van Tubergen says:
Now you can do this automatically with UltimARker. At this time it’s only available for the Ultimaker and a particular vase, but we imagine a service could be made for any commonly available personal 3D printer that has an open case. Perhaps this should be a standard feature of personal 3D printers, at least until they get a lot faster.