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3D Printer Arrives

This morning saw the delivery of a ZPrinter 650 3D printer made by Z-Corp. Yesterday, the printer arrived on a delivery vehicle that didn’t have a platform for lowering the crate, so it had to go and come back on a suitable delivery vehicle.

Anatol, from Thinglab (Inition), was here to supervise the delivery. Given the sheer size of the printer, we decided to take it out of the crate on the back of the lorry, and then separate the Post Processing Unit (PPU) away from the main body of the printer, allowing us to get the printer off the lorry, in the building, in the lift, and up to our floor.  Taking it out of the crate in the back of the lorry requires sufficient space (about 6m) to get the printer out of the crate.  Conveniently, Z-Corp have cleverly designed the crate to include in-built ramps that are deployed to roll the printer off the crate.


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.