Recently articles about 3D printer are everywhere. Someone made a house by 3D printer and others created plastic parts for their hobby. 3D printer has a potential to push normal objects to the next level. This is called innovation by technology.
I cannot innovate 3D printer nor technology, but I believe that we can use this new technology to create something new. Here is an interesting article from WIRED about 3D printer.
Here’s a cool new way to tell a story. Michael Burk and Ann-Katrin Krenz, two students at Berlin’s University of the Arts, built an old-school projector that bounces light around a 3-D printed sculpture, creating ghostly, complex shadows. The project, called Kepler’s Dream, started as an investigation into how seemingly obsolete technology can be repurposed for our digital age.
The duo realized that analog projection, though now largely replaced with the digital variety, has some interesting attributes that can’t really be achieved through computing. “It’s more like shadow play,” says Burk. “It’s much more immediate and direct.” The analog format lends itself nicely to a tangible experience, they realized, to something that can be manipulated through touch instead of through a trackpad or mouse.
This lead them to creating a 3-D printed sculpture that could project light like a multi-dimensional slide. The metal projection machine is reminiscent of an opaque overhead projector which casts non-translucent objects like books onto the wall. In the case of Kepler’s Dream, the light beams from overhead, and diffused light reflects off the white sphere, before passes through the lenses and onto the wall. What results is a triptych of wall projections with different hues and depths of fields.
The spherical sculpture, designed using Cinema 4D, looks like an alien planet. Look closely and you’ll see a strange topographically diverse land of spikes, valleys and geometric protrusions, all of which are projected onto the wall using the hand-built device. Think of the sphere as a visual choose-your-own-adventure storybook. “Or an analog computer game,” says Burk. The whole idea is that you can control what you see projected simply by twisting and turning the sphere in different directions.
The device looks like the sort of dusty thing you might stumble across in the basement of an old geological library 100 years from now. And truly, watching it in action is mesmerizing and perplexing in the way exploring an alien land for the first time would be. As you spin the sphere around, the projection follows suit, casting a ghostly shadow onto the screen. The shapes and light are foreign and softer than what you tend to get with pixels. “It’s hyper-realistic and fluid,” says Burke. “We hope it tells something about how simple effects that have been around for a long time are still relevant today.”
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