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Staithes Changes

Finished two prints of a cliff face at Staithes, North Yorkshire. The first is one seen before, a colour-mapped scan showing areas of change:


The second is a full colour print from a newer scanner:

staithes-colourHere’s a shot of both, side by side (taken by Adam Clarkson) showing how the prints are aligned to allow direct comparison.


The prints will be mounted on reinforced posters for presentation.


Augmented Reality Markers

For Adam Clarkson‘s augmented reality project, we created AR markers as tiles:


The marker system is from NyARToolkit and the 3D modeling was done in 3DS Max 2009.



For the purposes of printing something for training on the Z650, a piece of the Martian surface, including Olympus Mons. This was produced with elevation and texture data from USGS Map-a-Planet Explorer service (www.mapaplanet.org).  The elevation data was taken from the MOLA digital terrain model map and processed in ParaView.
olympus mons



Data, originally from Earth Sciences (?), supplied by Nick Holliman from the Interactive Media Technology Group, has finally been printed.  This took a bit of work to manipulate into a managable data-set ready for print. The original data is a LIDAR scan point cloud, originally given in VTK format. I had to write a tool to convert into point-cloud-only PLY.


Apparently, its a cliff face near the sea in the US. Large expensive houses ride on the fate of coastline erosion.


Printing Data

Courtesy of Dr. Chris Gerrard in the Dept. of Archaeology, I got hold of some geophysics data. Using paraview, I was able to mesh the data, and thickened it using 3DS Max. The print was straightforward from there: