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Thoughts on the 3D printing revolution and its consequences on the web's future

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    • Thoughts on the 3D PrintingRevolution and its consequences on the webs future Nils Perret
    • Background● Worked as a broadcast developer for 5 years● In English: I implemented virtual TV programs using real-time 3D broadcast software, where the audience could interact with the show.● I was both programming (mainly in Python) and designing / modelling the 3D format.
    • What is 3D Printing?● Additive process of making a three- dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model.
    • How does it work?● The object is made by building up multiple layers of material.● Depending on the printer, the 3D printing process can vary quite a bit: ○ Fused deposition modeling ○ Stereolithography ○ Selective laser sintering ○ Powder bed and inkjet head 3d printing ○ And many more...
    • Timelapse of a print
    • Materials● Material science plays a huge role in the world of 3D printing● Some example of materials used: ○ Plastics: ■ Polylactic acid (PLA) ■ Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) ○ Metals ○ Concrete ○ Glass ○ Skin ○ Biological cells ○ Wood filament ○ Even chocolate! :)
    • Materials Titanium Concrete (Contour Crafting) Glass Multi-material Bone
    • Colours● Colours can also be added at the time of printing
    • Fine, but why would it be a revolution?● It is my belief that 3D printing will fundamentally impact numerous industries and will most probably generate new business models, thus changing the way society works.● This is obviously debatable, and quite a few people think otherwise.
    • Industries benefiting from 3D printing● Manufacturing● Engineering● Medicine● and many more!...
    • Examples of 3D printed objects● Shoes● House● Toys● Eyeware● Kidneys● Bones● Anything, really! :)
    • 3D Scanner● A 3D scanner is a device that analyzes a real-world object or environment to collect data on its shape and possibly its appearance (i.e. color). The collected data can then be used to construct digital, three dimensional models.
    • 3D Scanner
    • Examples of 3D Printing Websites● My Robot Nation● Make Eyewear● Freedom of Creation● i.materialise
    • Examples of online 3D modeling tools● 3dtin● TinkerCad
    • 3D implications for the web● Increasing demand for 3D web applications in the future● People will expect a richer and more intuitive (read: 3D) interaction in the applications they use
    • WebGL● JavaScript API for rendering interactive 3D graphics and 2D graphics within any compatible web browser without the use of plug-ins.● Allows GPU accelerated usage of physics and image processing and effects as part of the web page canvas.● WebGL elements can be mixed with other HTML elements and composited with other parts of the page or page background.
    • WebGL examples● Google Chrome Experiments● Subsurface scattering
    • Suggestions● Teach yourself the basics (or more) of 3D modelling● Get familiar with the 3D tools in the Adobe CS software (yes... developers too!)● Get familiar with WebGL and associated libraries (e.g. three.js) (yes... designers too!)
    • Teach yourself 3D!● Get to know a 3D modelling software: ○ Blender: open-source and free. Steep learning curve, though ○ Sketchup: easy to use 3D modelling tool ○ Modo: a powerful, elegant and flexible 3D application ○ 3D Studio Max: a standard within the 3D modelling world ○ Maya: probably the most widely used within the film industry ○ Many more exist! Chose one and have fun! :)
    • Links● A document with the links and more information can be found here: http://v.gd/CCnbD0