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Capturing 3D Models from Google Earth using Photogrammetry

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Capturing 3D Models from Google Earth using Photogrammetry

These are models I started doing back around 2014. I was looking to capture some of the gorgeous geometry I could visit on my flat screen in Google Earth. Now I can visit them in VR, change the lighting, see them with or without photo texture, 3D print them, or use them as the basis for further modeling. Google Earth Captures by diffdaff on Sketchfab UC Berkeley College of Environmental...

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Building Better Boxes

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Building Better Boxes

I got tired of seeing my plastic totes fall apart every few years and go to the dump. When I found a bunch of discounted aluminum channel, I knew it was time to build a better box. In fact, I built six of them. I cut them out of 1/4″ birch plywood with a Mars 130 laser cutter and finished them off with hardware from diyroadcases.com. Design was a cinch with custom files created on makercase.com. I used the finger joints design option for extra strength. The box was glued together, trimmed with riveted ball-corners, and finished with...

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Benchmarks from the Bean

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Benchmarks from the Bean

Here are a few shots of my first successful print on my new lcd printer from Kudo3D–the Bean. Overall I am extremely impressed with the print quality of the Bean. At .050 mm layer height (50 microns), the layers are imperceptible–just smooth beautiful surfaces and crisp, sharp edges with fine detail. The rough edges at the bottom of the Rook are a result of my hasty removal of the support raft, which does not separate cleanly like I’m used to with an FDM printer. There was an uncured bubble of resin at the bottom of the...

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Passenger Side: Montana

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Passenger Side: Montana

What do you get when you combine photography, illustration, comic books, and a drive-through big sky country? I got inspired. The cats out of the bag. It’s no secret anymore. I love photography. I’ve used it as a tool for a long time, but rarely put it forth as a solo medium to express myself. I’ve always had a strong eye for composition, and as my photography skills catch up, I am amassing quite a collection of pictures. I’ve decided it’s time to start sharing them. Visual storytelling is also a passion of mine. I shot all of these photos...

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Freshies, Kittens & 3D Printing!

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Freshies, Kittens & 3D Printing!

Wishing you all good fortune in the new year and pausing to celebrate my own. I got back on skis over the New Year holiday after several years of not skiing, and it was great on all counts. On the ephemeral level, I shredded powder. In pure data terms, gps said 46.9mph–also pleasing. I got to give a beginners lesson too, which was a good reminder of fundamentals. Here I make some quick turns: Photos: Eric Anderson I had a lot of fun photographing Montana out the car window–kind of like a combination between sports, portrait, and landscape....

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Asian Art Museum: My Photogrammetry Models

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Asian Art Museum: My Photogrammetry Models

I have been hard at work polishing my skills with 3D capture and re-construction. This has been a part of my regular creative process for several years now, but beyond showing off my resulting 3D prints every year at Maker Faire, I haven’t done anything to publish or publicize my models. I decided it’s time to change that. These are too much fun to keep to myself and I think, too beautiful as well. I’m grateful to the original artists’ skill and inspiration and hope I can do them justice by offering my best possible...

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In VR: No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man!

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In VR: No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man!

If you missed it at the Smithsonian you might still get another chance to see it in person. For now, check out the Capitol Theater by Five Ton Crane, and the entire downstairs of the Smithsonian Show in high fidelity Virtual Reality. Capitol Theater by Five Ton Crane If you have followed me closely you know that I’m a big advocate for and user of photogrammetry. I love it in part for it’s utility in 3D printing and digital fabrication. I also appreciate it for the chance to view hi-res photo-textured 3D models on screen–and...

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3D Printer Anatomy: 50 parts in 5 minutes (Basics)

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I bumped into Thomas Sanladerer at Maker Faire. I didn’t have a chance to chat with him but I can always tune in to hear him talk on YouTube. This excellent intro to desktop filament-style printing is typical of his dense but to-the-point information delivery. It’s top notch stuff and a great resource for anyone learning about 3D printing. Check it out : See more here: https://www.youtube.com/user/ThomasSanladerer/videos

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Steadcraft is Back at Maker Faire 2018– May 18, 19, 20

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Steadcraft is Back at Maker Faire 2018– May 18, 19, 20

Come out to Maker Faire 2018 for the best and freshest maker goodness and see what has become of the original Maker Faire after over 10 years in action. I’ll be there with Steadcraft, where you can see my latest designs–wearables inspired by vintage fashion and crafted with a hybrid of digital and manual...

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Fox Theater Spokane

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Fox Theater Spokane

In my last post, I discussed some of the inspirations involved in the Capitol Theater. We are fortunate in this era that despite the loss of many great movie houses of old, that others still are being restored to their former glory. The Fox Theater Oakland has been of great inspiration since it was restored to the tune of 86 million dollars. Originally to be called the Bagdhad Theater, the Fox Oakland features middle-eastern influences. Another splendid Fox theater, in Atlanta, was originally designed as a Shriner’s temple and features...

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