Monday, July 28, 2008

Simulation of a Prototype Part II

Here's a shot of a new iteration of the SLS Brazil material, the noise has been made 'bigger' and I tried to get more of a hint of the layer structure in the more vertical areas.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

A simulation of a prototype

I thought I'd try to make a Brazil material to approximate Selective Laser Sintering. Without some sort of actual displacement(which Brazil supports of course, though I'm not sure if that's even the answer to creating the 'stepped' appearance of the flatter areas of a rapid prototyped part, maybe it's best to simply brute-force turn the model into many many thin slices...)it's not going to look convincing up close, but at arm's length it's not too bad, the biggest problem with this shot being that the bumpiness on the rounder parts is too smooth and subtle. If I develop it a little more I might post a tutorial about it.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Revamping the website

I've been redesigning the site and have a test version posted. The content is not complete, the design needs tweaking, some of the images are placeholders or haven't been scaled so the load times may be essentially it's not done at all, but the new order form setup, which is the important part, does work and I'd like to hear comments. UPDATE: I just went live with it.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Flamingo 2

McNeel haven't made their official announcement yet, but (I am nonetheless authorized to say)that it is shipping now. The upgrade is $100 off for a limited time. See the order forms.