3D: Sketching in space; Potato gun in PDF; &c.

  • The team at Front Design (see previous) demonstrate in this video how they sketch freely in the air using nothing more than a pen, while a system of cameras captures the strokes in 3D space.  From there a laser solidifies liquid plastic layer by layer.  Ultimately the finished piece of furniture rises from the molten bath T2-style.  Wicked. [Via]
  • The crew at Make Magazine uses the 3D capabilities of Adobe Reader to good effect in their most recent issue, using PDF to display a 3D representation of the "spud gun" they describe building.  (If you haven’t updated Reader in a while, this might be a good time to grab the new version 8.0 [Update–Whoops, not quite yet; but the current 7.0.8 will do the trick].) [Via]
  • The ZScanner 700 describes itself as "the first self-positioning, real-time surfacing, 3D laser scanner."  Translation: for about $40k you can walk around any object, scanning it in real time, sucking the results into your laptop via FireWire. [Via]

0 thoughts on “3D: Sketching in space; Potato gun in PDF; &c.

  1. Stop teasing us… Just because you work for Adobe and have access to all the latest toys does not mean that we can download Acrobat or Adobe Reader 8 yet. I did however look at the Make Magazine document. Even though I have a job that revolves around PDF, I’ve never before seen a “real” 3D (one that was not just a sample). The spud gun PDF is pretty cool. Thanks for the link.
    [Ah, crap–totally sloppy of me! I should have checked to see what’s on the site. Acrobat 8 has been announced, but the updated Reader mustn’t be available yet. In any case you can view the 3D through version 7.0.7 or higher. –J.]

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