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Rapid Prototyping (WS10/11)

0433 L 370
Prof. Dr. Marc Alexa

Course structure:
Projekt - 6 SWS
E-N 719

Friday 10am  -  4pm  
Start: 22 Oct 2010
End: 16 Feb 2011
Rapid Prototyping is the construction of physical models using 3D printing.
Reintroducing physical models into the concept of computer graphics opens up new perspectives on how to construct and perceive real objects.
In this project participants are expected to build a simple 3D printing device and develop a framework capable of generating printable 3D objects. Further, algorithms need to be developed to simulate how these objects would look and the kind of visual effects that can be achieved.
Additionally we will explore different materials to construct 3D computer-generated models (e.g. paper, food or textiles)
Interest in visual arts and graphics, programming skills, DIY and making things.
The course gives a brief overview of the basic ideas and several recent developments in this field. Students will work in small teams on a chosen topic and present the basics of their topic in an intermediate talk. Finally, each team will implement a recent research papers and present their topic, application and results in a concluding talk. Both efficiency of the underlying algorithms as well as visual quality of the resulting imagery are important aspects in this course. Grading will be based on all aspects of performance.
Please register for the course until October 19th by sending an eMail mentioning the course title, your name and student id to .

Final project reports

This semester, we had several great projects with amazing result -- see the final project report websites: 

Proposed Projects and References

Rapid Prototyping

Some samples of projects and research results:

  • Building the MakerBot
  • Art Shadows
  • Tactile Graphics
  • Computational Origami and Paper architecture
  • ...

List of references

Slides and Files

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