One of the coolest projects we’ve done all year was the 3-D printing project. We actually got to use a computer and 3-D printer to bring our virtual ideas to life. The basic concept and process of the project was to find small objects we would be interested in printing, taking photos of them, putting them online, and sending them to the 3-D printer. This was actually a much longer, more complicated process than any of us expected.
First, we were required to find and/or buy small Kitsch-like objects that we would be interested in printing. The objects I originally chose were a small Elmo figurine and a shell. We had to take 100 photos max in total per object, because that’s the most photos the computer programs could handle for 3-D printing. We had to take a full 360 view around the objects and 360 overhead view.
Once the photos were taken, we had to upload them to the photo scanning program. This is where it gets tricky. The photos wouldn’t upload at first into the original photo-sharing program, so we had to figure out an alternative to this. This took about an hour of one class for our Professor and the technicians to figure out. Eventually, they figured out a way to make it work. I was one of the first students in the class to have my photos uploaded and scanned so everyone gathered around my desk to see how they came out. EPIC FAILURE. I don’t have the scanned photos anymore because they uploaded to the library’s computer system, but they were horrific. Imagine the photos from above, but Elmo went through a pasta spiralizer! Very scary.
I was disappointed my Elmo wouldn’t work and I figured I might as well not even take my shells pictures. I felt stuck. Fortunately for our class, we had access to a website called Thingiverse.com. This website is comprised of thousands of ready-to-print 3-D models that you can download onto the editing site, MeshMixer.com, and mess with to make it your own. I ended up finding a Hello Kitty, a converse, and a sunglasses scan that I combined to make them into one object. The finished product is Hello Kitty sitting in big converse shoes, wearing the sunglasses. To make these my own, I played around with the textures and shaping on the sides. I also wrote out “Killer Queen” on the shoes in bubble effect.