website statistics
A new software, developed by Harvard computer scientists, makes 3D printing of video game characters a reality.

Your Gadget shopping list for Holiday?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (Rate This)

Imagine watching your favorite video game characters become real in the 3D world. While that may seem a fantasy, a new software has finally made it possible. By using the techniques of 3D printing, the software is able to create a digital models of these characters which can then be easily printed in 3D.

Harvard 3d printing model

The software which has made it all happen has been developed by Harvard computer scientists. In a way, this software has realized the true potential of 3D printing. 3D printing has been around for quite some time and is becoming increasingly accessible for users. Designers and artists around the world are using the technology to create physical 3D prototypes.

But printing 3D video game characters is a different thing, altogether. Because, most of the time it is not feasible for the game characters to exist in the physical world. For instance, a character in a video game may look like a perfectly possible creature; but in real world, it may be too heavy or too thin to sustain its own weight and hence, may simply be impossible.

Moritz Bacher, one of the researchers on the team who developed the 3D printing software, explains, “In animation you’re not necessarily trying to model the physical world perfectly – the model only has to be good enough to convince your eye. You can make a character so anatomically skewed that it would never be able to stand up in real life, and you can make deformations that aren’t physically possible.”

And that is precisely where the role of the new software begins. The video game characters are built upon a skeleton which is developed first. The software tries to find the ideal locations for figure joints on this skeleton. In simple words, it tries to tweak the skeleton so that a real 3D model become possible.

Once this is accomplished, printing the character can be done. The software also enhances the look and feel of the character so that its features are visible and clear when printed in 3D.

However, there seems to be one critical problem that this break-through faces. According to some legal experts, a lot of video game developers may argue that when someone prints their game’s character, it is a copyright infringement. However, there are ways to overcome this obstacle.

According to a solicitor from a London-based intellectual property law firm, Mark Corran, “In principle, there is nothing illegal about this technology as it has not been designed in order to infringe copyright or to avoid any anti-piracy measures. Commercially, I’d expect that the intention is to license this hardware to, for example, Microsoft or Sony for use with their devices.”

However, if individuals or small organizations try to lay their hands on this technology and create 3D models of video game characters, they may run into troubles. Corran further says, “However, where someone has created the images for a character in a game, which will be stored within the code of the game,… using this technology to make a 3D copy of a 2D on-screen image for the character would be an infringement.”

Source: BBC

Buy Cheapest Related Product From

Report Says, Existing Solar Technologies Can Power The Entire US

AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition Video Card Available For $699.99
You can also press the left/right arrow key on your keyboard to go to previous/next post
  On August 2, 2012(3 years, 4 months ago.)

You May Also Like:

Recent Products

Buy Now | Compare  
Buy Now | Compare  
Buy Now | Compare  
Buy Now | Compare  

What Do You Think?

Loading Facebook Comments ...

FTC Disclosure: Some of the links of this website are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission.

Recent Search

Recent Tutorials

Now you can set custom ringtones to individual skype contacts on android. It's easy to setup. Take a look.
Now you can install Microsoft's Cortana on Android devices. It's pretty easy to install. Follow the steps below, check the screenshot.
Want to install Android lollipop 5.0.2 on pc? This post is for you. It's pretty easy to install and run. Just take a look.
With our partnership with Mode Media, we just got a jump start. Here is our first story of hand picked curated content on Android Tutorials.
Want to change theme on android ? We will show you how to change theme on android. It will makes your phone looks like new and smart.
You can record your screen on android very easily. No root Required. All you have to need a pc and USB cable. Let's find out.
A simple tutorial on how-to block a phone number on Android device, without an external app. Its pretty easy and straight-forward. Take a look.
Here we will show how to take Screenshot on your Apple Watch.
For too many people, the realization that they need to back up their photos and videos only comes when they misplace or break their smartphones and lose everything. Here we a report on possible solution and best tools.
Not sure if you are aware that your Wi-Fi Router Or Modem could be hacked too. Here we found a quick tips, how to check if your Router or Modem is hacked.
Close You Have To Login
Login With »Login With TwitterLogin With Facebook