By Cory Doctorow at 5:05 am Wed, Aug 3, 2011
Darren Barefoot sends us this link to a timelapse video of a MakerBot 3D printer extruding a copy of Stephen Colbert's head, noting, "John Biehler has a 3-D printer, an excellent photographic eye and whimsy."
Would love to know how which method was used to capture the head scan.
I used a Creative Labs Socialize HD webcam and iStopMotion with some tiltshift settings dialed up to shoot the video.
According to the Thingiverse page, the model was made with a Polhemus 3d scanner. (Colbert’s head was scanned for Bre Pettis’ visit to the Colbert Report where he was demonstrating the Thing-O-Matic. You can see a video of the show here.)
Looks like it had a little problem with Stephen’s chin.
Yup…the model is a little too high resolution for my print settings. A razor blade cleaned it up nicely though…
Is it me, or does Colbert have two mouths?
1 mouth and 1 droopy chin where the printer had trouble with the overhang.
Nicely done! I keep expecting the mouth to start singing “sledgehammer.”
How long would the printing take in real time?On a related point, could someone tell me if this photo of a 3d head printed in color is legit? The result seems too perfect, though I have no reason to doubt it. Or am I misinterpreting the caption and this isn’t colored during the printing?http://www.flickr.com/photos/rapido3d/5795634568/
The print took a little under 2 hours to make.
That 3d head looks legit to me…although it’s hard to say if it was printed then painted those colours. The high end ($100k & up) 3d printers can do some amazing things.
I’d love to know more about 3-D printing. The possibilities look endless. Anyone have some comprehensive material on how it works?
Bah. Crap. I want my 1:14 back.
To think that I once thought it was the Stork who brought Colbert. How wrong I was. Colbert=Cylon.
Looks like Abe Lincoln
I would very much like to see this done for Robert Patrick’s head from Terminator 2. If anyone should be printed in such a process, it should be the T-1000.
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