beaming up 3-d objects on a budget
Mail, print or fax of flat images.
Now, it\'s doing something similar with three boxes.
These tools are not news for industrial designers in the world who can buy 3-
The price is tens of thousands of dollars in printers and scanners.
But now, amateurs and small businesses are starting to benefit from low-income people.
Cost version of the tool.
Laser scanners with camera arrays can create digital models of objects that encode all significant bumps, cracks, corners and sides of real objects.
Computers can enhance, deform, or adjust models before they are shipped to 3-
Possible \"printer\" on the other end of the world \".
The result is a new version of the thing itself, but made of some resin or starch.
For example, a desktop laser scanner can be purchased from NextEngine for $2,495 (www. nextengine. com)
Santa Monica, California
Can be suitable for its 6-inch-wide turntable.
Older scanners that are more capable and competent to scan things like cars cost a lot more.
Company Z (www. zcorp. com)sells a hand-
Handheld scanner for $39,900 and works like a big camera.
But scanning is only half the task. A three-
When these scans are uploaded to the company that provides printing at the working Price, the size version of the local Taobao store appears.
This is an attractive option as the printed commercial machine can be the size of a small refrigerator for $40,000 or more.
Great Oriental Technology (www. get. com)
For example, small multi-color copies will be made from starch
Use Z\'s printer to buy powder for about $70.
The larger object that can fill the printing bed may take about $10 inch, and the size of the printing bed is 10 inch by 8 inch by 700.
Minico industry (www.
Using a printer from a company called Dimension, which uses different processes to make things with pure monochrome ABS plastic.
About $50 per cubic inch.
Advertising size printers are often chosen by people who need stronger and more durable, more accurate models, while Z Corporation printers are often favored by people who need multiple colors.
The price is estimated, and most stores, after measuring the exact quantity of the required raw materials, calculate a complete price from the digital model.
Digital models can be enlarged or re-colored before printing.
The world is just beginning to deal with this relatively low impact.
The cost-copying method is often called a rapid prototype.
Hearing aid companies, for example, are producing some custom products
The patient scans the ear piece installed on the mold.
Custom car companies produce new parts for classic cars or modified parts for hot rods.
Before putting it into mass production, consumer goods manufacturers created a fully functional design.
Tom Clay, CEO of Z, said he was surprised by what people found for his product.
Doctors use them to build practical models and museums to build replicas so that people can feel objects without damaging real artifacts.
He thinks there will be three big potential markets.
Therefore, people can create immortal statues.
However, the legal environment may not be ready for three-
Things in dimensions
Most of the cute, little tchochkes in my home are installed on the turntable of the next engine scanner I tested and they are all copyrighted.
A new version of Zapping may violate the same laws used to combat song piracy.
Jessica litemann, a law professor at the University of Michigan and author of digital copyright, said, \"runs through your 3-
The D scanner is almost the same as running it through a copier.
\"I\'m trying to avoid this by creating my own objects from a set of Lego toys.
When the scanner is connected to my PC, the software starts to build a three-
Advertising requires a tax on my requestyear-old system.
NextEngine recommends using a PC with enough disk space, at least 2g of memory and high memory
Although I can only limp with 1 person, it is still the graphics card in the end.
5 gigabytes of RAM.
Each model I produce chewed 50 to 100 MB of disk, which can be reduced by less accurate scanning.
The process is very simple but full of faults.
I pressed a button and the next engine scanner took a complete set of pictures from different angles.
Every two minutes, it completes a scan, rotates the object on the turntable several degrees, and then starts the scan again.
After I aligned the different scans by identifying the same points in different images, it turned the picture into 3-
Type D ready to print.
Adopters must be ready to develop the same skills as early photographers who fiddled with glass plates and protein lotions in a completely dark environment.
I spoke to a customer for hours.
Support technicians from NextEngine provide some tips.
When I put the object on the turntable for the first time and pressed the button, the result was covered by holes where the scanner could not get a reasonable image. Light-
Color matte surfaces are easier for the laser range-
One trick for Finder to measure and make models of dark shiny objects is to cover them with white powder.
Some people even draw this object.
NextEngine is trying to help people overcome this obstacle. Customer-
Support connections are built directly into the software, so you can easily ask for help.
The company is also building another generation of tools to eliminate some common errors, such as fragments that evade scanner vision.
They modified my model with this software to make sure there is no possibility of confusing the gap of the printer.
I sent a file (
About 45 MB)
Print sample faxes to both printer manufacturers Z and Minico.
The results are good, although both companies point out that they can do a better job of making cleaner scans with better resolution
Something that requires more care, better lighting and more powder.
I tried to scan my face with the next engine scanner, which is not as easy as scanning a Lego device.
It\'s hard to stay still for a few minutes and it\'s not easy to align multiple photos. Mr.
Clay says it\'s much simpler to make what he calls the Mount Rushmore bust from a single angle.
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Brad Porter, president of the great eastern technology company, said he had printed some of the Depression.
\"The biggest problem is hair,\" he warned . \"
\"The hair scan is not good.
He said: \"Many people will start by scanning the face directly, but use 3-
Rebuild hair with D modeling software.
This is a big advantage for those with cowboys.
The ability to modify or modify a scanned object is very useful.
The printed version of the Lego spacecraft I scanned was enlarged and decorated before printing. One has a tie-dye look;
Another has new bugs and additions. The three-
The size printers that produce products are also getting cheaper and cheaper.
A Cornell University project called Fab @ Home is sharing open
Original version of the design made by Albuquerque
The company, based in Coba, costs about $3,000.
The most adventurous is to stand out from the standard resin.
Evan Malone, a graduate student at Cornell University, working at Fab @ Home, posted photos of hors d\'oeuvres made by \"printing\" the school logo on some cookies, these cookies are loaded with print heads that are usually packed with plastic.
A version of this article appears on page 7 of the New York edition with the title: 3-
D. budget objectives.
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