I create a 3D Model from a point cloud with input of 2D images (Photogrammetry). But I soon discovered 3D objects can be created with a formula too. I experimented with Mandelbulb 3D and Xenodream and found it quite the learning curve. I persisted, however, and by leveraging one function of Xenodream, Spherical Displacement, I had the engine that produced 10s of Generative Design 3D Objects.
I nicknamed them ‘Unprintable’ since they had complex geometry and impossible, sometimes glitchy, internal geometry. I would pass them on to friends with 3D printers to test the theory, and sometimes they succeeded and presented me with a real life object. A simple formula of a few Kilobytes turned into a tangible thing. Mind Blown. But is this the Holy Grail of 3D Creation?
The Unprintable (2013)
Below is a gallery of renders made in Mandelbulb 3D. I believe most of the formula consists of ‘Amazing Surface’. Regarding creating a 3D model, it is easier, but I used the software only for rendering.
Amazing Surface (2012 - 2013)
I went from ‘Unprintable’? to ‘Unsellable’ fast? Some of the shapes I’m selling are really successful, but the shapes I made in 2013 (at the top of this article) are still the most popular. The shapes below are on CGTrader for $399.95
Thanks for following me on this wild ride. See you in the next project!