So all of our 3D modeling work and our 3D printing has us thinking about voxels and polygons. Not in a mean, unfair comparison kind of way, but in a hey-mathematics-influence-optics kind of way. (image source: 3D-Coat Forums) The image on the left is polygon-based, and the one on the right is voxel-based. Polygon-based sculpting forces… Read more »

Grand Canyon (image source) (image source) Paria Canyon – Vermilion Cliffs (image source) Cebolla Wilderness – La Ventana Natural Arch (image source) Wave Rock in Western Australia (image source)

Here’s a screengrab of a thing Geoff has put together in SceneKit. It’s reminding us a bit of this iconic album cover: Geoff has put together this neat hilly terrain by working off of the Perlin noise function. If you’re not familiar with Perlin noise, according to Wikipedia: “Perlin noise is a type of gradient… Read more »

Can you still call them brass knuckles if they’re made out of plastic? Next up on our goals list: brass knuckles phone case.

Here’s more photos of our favorite Yosemite summit, El Capitán. And here’s the Millennium Falcon flying over it. In real fake life, the Falcon would be much smaller in proportion to the Yosemite Valley (34.37 m long compared to 13,000 m long), but we’re not too concerned about things making sense here. Onto news of small things: Here is a… Read more »

So we have this 3D model of the entire Yosemite Valley: And we can’t get enough of canyons, so we’re making more. Next up: the Grand Canyon, maybe the Grand Teton range. CANYONS and VALLEYS will be the inspiration for this game!   The 3D models we’re printing are great because they help us visualize what… Read more »

Faces made out of the things we keep lying around our workspace. We’re not using our phone case idea anymore, but they make great eyes. The white squiggle at the bottom is a failed experiment with our 3D printer. You could also call it a turd. Why not a winky face? Thanks Adafruit for providing… Read more »

Thanks to the printer, we now have the capacity to bring any number of things to life. Including the obligatory Millennium Falcon as a controller (the back has a cutout for where a Bean would go). Because star wars.  

  Behold! This is El Capitán, a vertical rock formation in Yosemite and printed in miniature from our trusty Ultimaker. We’re working on making a never-ending canyon for JetRecon, and we’re making it 3D. The game will have you soar through the canyon and it will be awesome. We’ve scrapped the idea of a phone case… Read more »