3D printing: with 2D; with holograms; and all-in-one 3D scanning

Here's a video from last week's Maker Faire showcasing technologies for printing out 3D-ish objects using 2D printers: ModelBox turns a 3D model into a series of 2D images you print on acetate and set into a frame to cheaply and quickly prototype/simulate the 3D object; Zebra Images turns 3D models into holograms; and Lynx Laboratories demos its all-in-one 3D scanner.

3D Printing on a 2D printer?! - Maker Faire 2013 (Thanks, Francis!)


  1. total trivia:  the first thingy, wherein you print a bunch of clear plastic sheets and stack ’em up to make a “3D” image, is the rediscovery of an old method in protein crystallography called a “Richard’s Box”.   chiefly used before the advent of graphics capable computer monitors (and fancy 3d viewing goggles)

    1. theophrastvs – 

      I’ve never heard of Richard’s Box before, thank you. (I’ve studied electronic volumetric display for many years, it is always a delight to learn something new.)

      Perhaps the electronic analog to the print-out-many-sheets Kickstarter is/was the DepthCube from LightSpace Technologies. [I was the founder of a different 3-D display firm, Actuality Systems.]

      Gregg Favalora

      1. favalora-

        Nope we’re not associated with LightSpace, we’re just two young makers putting out our first project. 


        It’s funny, we never came across Richard’s Box in our research but we’re just about to do some updates in the same vein. We’re about to do a handful of things that CAN’T be 3D printed, like brain scans, MRI’s, molecular displays, ultrasounds, and solar system imagery.

        Hopefully you guys will check us out!


  2. Sorry, but headline = totally incoherent, not-explanatory,   hype, bs.  DKHLIW;DNR. 

    (Don’t know how long it was, did not read).

  3. Considering how advanced our 3d scanning/printing research is, I’m really amazed that it’s taking us this long to come out with proper commercial products. 

    1.  No matter how awesome your kids’ Montessori is, chances are it only ever spent a day in a year teaching and playing with 11-D models. So tricking out more than 2 1/2 is not a major feed for hard sciences training (mapreduce…you know, it’s fixing that a little at a time.)

      Prep 6 papers, launch 6 solidly grounded companies; win enough to buy 1 special (e.g. no glasses required or 2 shows at 2 sets of viewing angles) 3D TV in the lotto and crash with the keynote at Siggraph Asia.

  4.  Actuality Systems … holy shit, but that takes me back! You did some fascinating work, just about the time when I was working with 3D printers with a z resolution of 1mm :)
    The moment I saw your (spinning plane in a globe) volumetric display, I wanted one … whatever became of it and what are you up to now?

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