While on holiday I always take the opportunity to code new things that usually I am not able to do, this time I got into the processing 3D built-in camera, and you will see why in a future post.
Source code available here: http://www.openprocessing.org/sketch/107535
A couple of time ago I tried to materialize a painting to offer to a friends, the author is Alfredo Luz, he does this very original surrealistic paintings!!
This is what came out, STL file is available at Thingiverse!
ABS warping and PLA broken filaments is a very well known issue in the 3d print world! At Artica we have our good old BFB3000 and we solved this problems using what I have later proudly called “mancave solutions”!! :D
Here I am using a heater pointed to the printer, this keeps the object and the platform quite warmy! and it works flawleslly! Besides it keeps the room quite warm wich feels good under the winter.. summer will be much hotter I suppose!!
PLA filament lose elastic properties through the time and on the BFB3000 it simply snaps inside the rubber tubes.. I created a roof on the top of the printer as you can see, the filament enters the print head without any stress and no more snaps!
And the result is awesome!!
This all started with Rui Horta’s idea of having a physical tree on stage that would support my visual projections. Rui Horta came up with a drawing and I quickly put it to 3D and sent to the great artist and set designer João Paulo Araújo who made this great master piece!
After the tree was finally built, I’ve made the first projection test, for this I created a program in Jitter, where I have a video running on the background, and on the foreground a .png transparent mask with the tree silhouette.
Everything fitted perfectly! We were astonished!!
For the subtitles I’ve created another program in Jitter that could run videos on the background and on the foreground the subtitles could be displayed and crossfaded one next to each another. Another cool feature of this program is the ability to run videos at different speedrates, this was very useful because most of the videos were created in sync with the music, was a bit tricky to sync the video with the orchester and chorus but not impossible. Another great help came from the composer João Godinho who was by my side telling me when to swap to the next subtitle.
Finally after one month of crazy hard-working days, and with a final week of non-stop working, troubleshooting, finetunning and problem solving everything worked so smoothed on the premiere, we were all thrilled and excited!!
Big thanks to André Almeira, André Sier and Sérgio Ferreira who are great tech advisors and always gave positive inputs.
I must also mention that the Gulbenkian crew was absolutely fantastic, without their help this epic task wouldn’t been achievable!
Click here if you want to see more photos.
Click here if you want to know more about the software that played the projections.
After the performance, there was a fantastic dinner with plenty of indian flavours and music and the tree was moved to the outside garden:
The architect Nuno Monteiro invited me to enter a contest to present an exposition concept for the “Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa”, and this was our proposal. My work consisted in finding a way to vizualize the exposition space and its different areas, and to achieve this nothing better than an aeral 3D perspective:
Another view of the exposition:
This is my first experiment with the MakerBot. I am totally thrilled with this machine!!!
(photo by Tiago Serra)
SSS (servo suspension system) is designed to support standard servo motors and act as a basic suspension. It is still a work in progress and has not been tested yet.
Will update results as soon as possible (still waiting to have my lab back).
Already uploaded this part to thingiverse.