I am thinking of buying my husband a 3-D printer for Christmas/Birthday but I know very little about them.
I am wondering if it is "too early" to buy one. Do those in the know think they will improve dramatically or decrease in price dramatically so that it make sense to wait?
If it does seem like a reasonable purchase, are there ones that stand out for value?
(I've attempted to research but I feel like I am out of my element.)
posted by beccaj
on Sep 5, 2014 -
I'm trying to draw a 3D ellipse with a 2.5D graphics engine (Core Animation layers) which allow me to only compose my ellipse with line segments that must be moved into place using rotations and translations. I'm having trouble with the order of operations and can't get it to draw properly. Any graphics gurus or game programmers out there who can help me? [more inside]
posted by krunk
on Sep 1, 2014 -
I'm looking to get up to speed on the current state of 3D printing, from a pretty high level. I'd like to know what the major technologies are, how they compare to each other, who the major players are, and how their products compare with each other. [more inside]
posted by danny the boy
on Jun 18, 2014 -
What is a good digital humanities/digital visualization intro course or workshop for me? Difficulty level: immediate, NYC/London. [more inside]
posted by rustcellar
on Jun 13, 2014 -
In an effort to improve my work situation and life in general, I have decided that I need to make a slight career adjustment, and that adjustment necessitates that I (re)learn how to use Maya. This scares me because I am so far out of my element since I am 6+ years out of college (where I learned Maya as part of my degree). Assuming all I need is a technical education, where online could I start to learn how to model and animate again? I just want to be able to claim basic proficiency on my resume and not be lying about it.
posted by Hermione Granger
on May 20, 2014 -
I have a deeply nostalgic love for my grandparents' former home, a generic but beloved split level they lived in from the 1950s to mid 2000s. As an artist and crafter with an obsessive love for details, I have long noodled with the idea of making an incredibly accurate recreation of the house in miniature... but I struggle with where to start. Architectural models, dollhouses? What is the best route forward? [more inside]
posted by allisonrae
on Apr 26, 2014 -
I am creating a physical 3-dimensional object from a flat logo (that looks 3-dimensional), help needed. [more inside]
posted by Sreiny
on Apr 7, 2014 -
Things I would like to reproduce:
1) A very simple place setting that's been discontinued at IKEA (2 spoon sizes, 2 fork sizes & a knife)
2) A simple ceramic bowl my other half made that I broke. :( (Replica doesn't have to be ceramic, just has to be that shape.)
Are there any services available that will scan a simple object in 3d and then print a copy of it? Is ZEUS
the only way to do it?
posted by yoga
on Mar 26, 2014 -
Hi, I'm looking for cheap/free 3D environment design software -- it can be a stand-alone program, or it could even be a kind of 'map building' tool that comes with computer games these days (so you can build your own levels, etc) [more inside]
posted by heylight
on Jan 6, 2014 -
I had an idea for a product. I'd like to make a few prototypes using a 3d printer. I am utterly clueless on where to start. [more inside]
posted by Marky
on Dec 12, 2013 -
I need to find a substance that is : a) transparent over the visible or infrared, b) melts between 10 and 100 degrees C c) has modest freeze/melt expansion e)is at least a bit volatile in the liquid phase. [more inside]
posted by Nish ton
on Dec 11, 2013 -
My wife and I are looking into investing in a 3D printer in the $2-3,000 price range. Can anyone who actually owns one / has used one extensively give any suggestions on brands/models to look at?
We're hoping for a basic desktop model with a size capacity of about 8"x8"x8" for making small props, prototypes, etc.
Also, what can one expect to pay for the "goop" or whatever they use for a printing medium?
posted by ShutterBun
on Nov 18, 2013 -
I have two Sony Digital Handycams, each one has Firewire / iLink DV output. It strikes me that I could get a big 2x6 piece of wood and mount both cameras onto it, and record on both simultaneously and from two different eye viewpoints. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker
on Sep 26, 2013 -
My original proposed topic for a publication I'm writing in was about printing organs and bone marrow but it may be rejected because someone else proposed the same idea. I'm currently brainstorming ideas before tomorrow. Currently I'm thinking of writing of genetically engineered humans. Any other ideas?
posted by JYuanZ
on Sep 17, 2013 -
I want to explore animating fabric being folded, cut and stitched in 3D. Is there any particular 3D software that would make simulating this particularly easy, or even just marginally easier than others? Or is it actually pretty basic? I can spend a bit... [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin
on Aug 21, 2013 -
For a project, I need (well, want) to find a 3d CAD drawing of Earth. Any file format is workable, but .dwg and .3dm are preferable. Does anybody know where I might be able to find this? [more inside]
posted by rensar
on Aug 14, 2013 -
Hello Graphics Minded MeFiers. How can I (ungraphics minded MeFier) make a simple 3d image like the one posted below? I have spent a week or so with several programs but all have proven too complicated or look too ugly. Isn't there a simple program out there that I can "paint" 3d ribbons with like in the linked image? thanks all!
posted by 1inabillionmistake
on Jun 28, 2013 -
I have decided that in a year's time I would like to be a Cinema 4D expert-- or at least more of an expert than I am now. What are the best resources out there for me to make that happen? [more inside]
posted by matcha action
on Jun 25, 2013 -
In the original Superman films General Zod and his accomplices are trapped in The Phantom Zone
, which in the films is represented as a 2D 'crystal' prison
sent spinning through space. I am looking for any writings/insights into how the visual effects for this were created, and exactly
by whom. Any other insights, from comic book lore, about how the Phantom Zone was represented - especially visually - would also be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Jun 3, 2013 -
Can I use polarizing filters with two aligned video projectors to make a 3D image that then can be viewed with Real3d / IMAX polarized eye-glasses? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker
on Feb 15, 2013 -
I have Illustrator and intend to make an animated GIF. A tetrahedron is a pyramid with a triangle base. I can't make the 3D extrusion on CS4 agree that I want a pyramid shape. It gave me a triangular prism, though I followed an online tutorial (but that had a square base - which might be part of the problem, and it was for CS3). (No, I don't want to use Flash or download a trial version of Maya but thanks for the thought)
So, online free
3D software where I can capture a number of positions of a tetrahedron, and redraw them from within Illustrator? I will need to also place text on each face, so if I can do it in one program only, I'll be happier.
posted by b33j
on Feb 8, 2013 -
Are there examples besides aTilt
of apps that render a 3d box apparently below the screen surface, adjusting its geometry according to the handset location relative to the eye? [more inside]
posted by unmake
on Nov 30, 2012 -
I am interested in buying a spacer textile
mattress. Anyone out there who has used one or knows where to buy one?
posted by Infernarl
on Oct 16, 2012 -
I'm looking for a decent pair of 3d anaglyph glasses, mostly to look at Mars pictures like this
. Ideally, a pair that work over prescription glasses and better than the paper ones. Amazon has plenty but the reviews are all over the map. Looking for personal recommendations.
posted by cosmac
on Sep 4, 2012 -
School teacher looking for 1 page nets to create 3D models of theme-park attractions. E.g. A roller coaster, log flume, Ferris wheel, runaway train.
I've been looking on the internet and draw a blank. Any help would be appreciated. Students will be able to design their own images, and the more able challenged to adapt the model.
Internet links preferable, but if you know of a book, then please let me know. Thank you.
posted by 92_elements
on Jul 10, 2012 -
I've tried yet again to tackle learning Blender, and yet again, I'm stuck on what should be a basic simple thing. Adding a material to an object. Can someone get me unstuck? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero
on Jul 5, 2012 -
Where can I find good quality stamped or molded _3D_ reproductions of zodiac signs (the fish, goat, scales, etc - not the written characters) of a "classical" appearance, between 1" and 2" diameter? I found several places selling a zodiac candy mold, which might work, but I'm not sure I like the style of the images. I'm wanting to use whatever I find as a pattern for sand-casting metal to make adornments for a big armillary sphere I'm building for my garden, so it doesn't really matter what they're made out of. Tin, plastic, wood, paper - whatever. If they're too flimsy I can make castings of them and use those as patterns. Suggestions would be appreciated. :-)
posted by Death by Ugabooga
on May 13, 2012 -
I'm pretty agnostic about 3D and IMAX both. But some films really should be seen 3D (e.g. Avatar) and/or IMAX (e.g. Dark Knight).
So...if I view Avengers 2D and/or in non-IMAX, will I be missing out? Each option limits my field of showtime options (and increases expense)...
posted by Quisp Lover
on May 13, 2012 -
Why did all the supposed-to-be-massive sets in Immortals 3D look tiny? Did it have something to do with the fact that it's a 3D conversion? It was like the whole thing was shot in tilt-shift. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT
on Nov 12, 2011 -
Question for a web app I'm building... How can I distort a flat image as though it were projected onto a contour, using JS/jQuery and HTML5 or ColdFusion's server-side image processing? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis
on Oct 13, 2011 -
What are some activities that exercise visual or structural type thinking? Something to do with science, technology, or 3-dimensions preferred. I'm looking for puzzles, hobbies, or other activities that might be performed through an actual job that I'm just not aware of. As examples, auto-mechanics classes and memorizing anatomy books immediately comes to mind.
posted by Giggilituffin
on Aug 4, 2011 -
Best Mac 3D app for a novice to make a simple low-polygon retro iPhone game? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B
on Aug 3, 2011 -
I'm looking for a type of 3D shader / renderer for which I've seen a number of demos. Most featured many objects (in the hundreds), often in greyscale, often with many of the objects acting as light sources. The quality of the renderings is very high, with a beautiful, soft chiaroscuro effect. I have a feeling the technique starts with an 'S'. Any ideas, hive mind?
posted by sixswitch
on Jun 11, 2011 -
I want to set up a visual mind map/memory palace landscape type city using some kind of 3 virtual world technology. What are some options?
posted by anonymous
on May 10, 2011 -
What are interesting projects where art meets new (digital/social) technologies?
Like Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir, Youtube Symphony Orchestra, or Google Art Project.
posted by vladimirfrolov
on May 9, 2011 -
I'm looking for usable 3d meshes of Earth, Moon and Mars I know the data is out there for free, but the data I've found is ridiculous (4 terabyte high resolution files), hard to use (5 degree slices that would need to be assembled), in formats that only planetary geologists can use, or simply stuck in the labyrinth of poorly maintained and documented government web sites where I can't find it. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer
on May 8, 2011 -
About a year or two ago I saw a presentation about the design of a logo for a cultural building / institution: opera, theatre, museum or university, library. I think they used a 3d model of the building, to create profile shots of different angles, thereby providing different logos for different occasions Im desperately looking for this presentation or logo.
Anyone? [more inside]
posted by peshay9000
on Apr 9, 2011 -
Can people with red-green colorblindness
see depth in 3D comic books
where you look through red-blue glasses? Personal testimony from my colorblind readers would be most compelling to me, as the optics are complicated.
posted by tnygard
on Feb 18, 2011 -
I’ve been tasked with finding a suitable 3D system to power a VR platform we are thinking of building, and I’m having a hard time finding one that seems to be usable, let alone suitable. [more inside]
posted by Old'n'Busted
on Feb 9, 2011 -
I am looking for ideas about what would be a good name for following electronic product/video converter box (in nutshell) :-
It is a small box which converts regular 2D video into 3D video and using the HDMI port on this box, this 3D video can be watched on a regular LCD TV while wearing Red-Blue glasses.
The product name should be small (2 words or so), pithy, not necessarily technical jargonry, and telling about its functionality in its name (if possible).
posted by goldenmean
on Jan 18, 2011 -