I knew there was a reason why I wanted a library card

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Dudley Hanks, Feb 22, 2014.

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    Dudley Hanks Guest

    Just got off the phone with my local library.

    It seems they've got a 3D printer, and it's possible for me to do
    a bit of experimenting with the printer and 3D

    This will give me a whole lot more feedback about picture layout
    than previously possible.

    Gotta love technology...

    Take Care,
    Dudley Hanks, Feb 22, 2014
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    Guest Guest

    have you heard about the 3d printer that prints chocolate?


    it's from hershey's but you can probably use real chocolate.
    Guest, Feb 22, 2014
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    Dudley Hanks Guest

    Dudley Hanks, Feb 22, 2014
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    Dave S Guest

    I understand 3D printing to be a manufacturing process.
    How is it used for photography?

    Dave S.
    Dave S, Feb 22, 2014
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    Dudley Hanks Guest

    I'm working on my own process.

    My plan is:

    1. Convert the image to black and white.

    2. Determine the highest resolution the printer will be able
    to handle.

    3. Resize the pic accordingly.

    4. Print the pic by adding layers of resin to a base
    thickness, with blacks being no additional height and white
    being the most, or vice versa.

    I can't say for sure whether it's going to work, but I've
    talked with a couple of techies who seem to think it will.

    The printers I'll be working with should be able to output a 4
    x 6 pic, more than enough size to get a rough sense of how the
    pic is composed.

    Like I said, gotta love technology.

    Take Care,
    Dudley Hanks, Feb 23, 2014
  6. Sounds like you want to take a grayscale image and use it as a height
    map for an otherwise flat surface. Blender is one free program that can
    map an image to a surface and save the file as either OBJ or STL.
    Mark Storkamp, Feb 23, 2014
  7. Don't forget to print out a new camera while you are there, though I think
    all they've done so far are film cameras.

    Michael Black, Feb 24, 2014
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    Dudley Hanks Guest

    First a cube, next a screw-on lens cap, after that ... the
    Dudley Hanks, Feb 24, 2014
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    Hactar Guest

    What kinds of things do you aim to produce by this method? Pics for the
    blind? Reproductions of woodcuts? Movable type?
    Hactar, Feb 24, 2014
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    Whisky-dave Guest

    Thes 3D printers aren;t really for producing picures.
    I have Two 3D printers in my lab, each just has two nozzles so 2 colour printing, but its'not really printing either.
    You might well be disapointed do you know which model/make of printer they have.
    Can it use PLA or ABS or both types of plastics ?
    Whisky-dave, Feb 25, 2014
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    Whisky-dave Guest

    Print a wind powered sandwalker....

    Whisky-dave, Feb 25, 2014
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