Complete 3D Scanning to 3D Printing Workflow

I have completed a series of tutorials on the workflow of taking a 3D object from scanning to outputting to a 3D printer. This series begins by exploring the 33D scanning process with a NextEngine 3D Laser Scanner and the ScanStudio HD software. Topics covered are the initial scan, trimming and aligning scans, and fusing the scans into one mesh before exporting. Next, I explain how to edit the object in Blender, outlining common problems that relate to the 3D printing process and how to fix them if needed. After exporting from Blender, another video covers how to make the mesh watertight and fix other issues in netfabb Studio. Finally, the series ends with how to open the STL file from netfabb in MakerWare and print on a Makerbot 3D printer.

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My Experience in 3D Printing

Over the past school year, I have been working at my university, maintaining a recently acquired Makerbot Replicator. 3D printer. My responsibilities initially entailed figuring out how to produce consistent results and find the limits of the printer in terms of quality. I also researched information on printer operation and fixed any issues that would arise, including remounting gantry belts and unclogging nozzles. Eventually, I began accepting submitted 3D models from other students at the direction of my professors. The following is a collection of photos of some of the 3D prints that I created.

Photoshop CC Upsampling Tutorial

I have finished a tutorial on how to upsample images in Adobe Photoshop CC with the new ‘Preserve Details’ feature. Upsampling is the process of mathematically interpolating new pixels to enlarge images based on the pixels surrounding them. If this video helps you, be sure to leave a comment below.

Photoshop CC Shake Reduction Tutorial

This is the first in my series of tutorials on the new Adobe Creative Cloud software released last month. Shake Reduction is an awesome new tool that allows photographs that were previously useless because of camera shake-induced blur to be restored with minimal artifacts. If you have Photoshop CC or even if you’re just interested in the program, check it out below. Enjoy and feel free to leave a comment letting me know what you think.

Why ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ Failed

Earlier this year, the movie Jack the Giant Slayer was released. For certain reasons that I have had on my mind for some time, this movie bothered me. The story is based on the “Jack and the Beanstalk” fairytale. While the story is decent, I look at fairytale films as low-budget, poorly conceived fare. I find such genre films could justify a nearly $200 million budget.

$200 million doesn’t seem too significant as the box office take came just short of that amount. However, when one considers that a typical blockbuster film may spend $100 million on marketing alone (!), this results in a significant loss for Warner Bros (source: Hollywood Reporter: ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ Could Lose up to $140 Million). Should such an enormous budget have been approved when there is little to no precedent for a fairytale-based film? (The exception to this is The Brothers Grimm, which is based more on the men who compiled fairytales than any specific story). The film may have been more successful if it had had a much lower and more appropriate postproduction budget. As a student of animation, part of me is pleased that VFX makes up an increasing amount of the budgeted resources for films as Hollywood realizes the impact that good CGI can have on a film’s popularity. The Catch-22, however, is that the overall box office revenue doesn’t necessarily increase, or it doesn’t increase enough to keep up with the marked increase of $100 million+ film budgets. This increasing demand for effects affects the VFX houses and artists most significantly as film studios and producers exert more and more pressure to get high-quality results, while paying as little as possible and forcing effects productions to run on extremely thin margins.

What I find especially disturbing is the attitude that VFX can turn an average movie into a major hit. While it is true that movies with impressive visuals perform better, on average, than other similar, less glitzy films, VFX should not be used as a magic wand to hook audiences. Jack the Giant Slayer seems to be promoting the idea that good storytelling can be replaced with flash and sizzle.

 

The movie failed to succeed in part because it tried to achieve too much. The astounding amount of money spent on its numerous creature effects and set extensions was more than should have been budgeted to a film that is otherwise less than exciting.

Other Sources: Hollywood Reporter: Analyst Downgrades Theater Chains after ‘Disastrous’ ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ Opening

Paul and Jennifer’s Wedding

Last weekend my family celebrated my cousin Jennifer’s wedding in Ohio. It had been a few years since I had seen her and other members of the family, so the event was even more special as a reunion.

The wedding itself went extremely well with the priest sharing some deeply resonating words during the short, but memorable ceremony. The ceremony was held in a gazebo built out onto a lake with the reception held in a building just behind the seating area. At the end of the day, I knew that not only had the wedding been a time of heartfelt moments and a good time for all, but I had been able to share in Jennifer and Paul’s memories and observe the beginning of their journey together.

As someone who is rarely seen at an event not suitably equipped with my camera, I made sure to capture many pictures for myself and for the family. I encourage taking a look at the gallery below, and I hope that the images will convey some of the emotion of the day.

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Paul and Jennifer’s Wedding, a set on Flickr.