The interest in 3D printing is Booming. You can notice that more and more people are involving. Soon we all can print our own products at home. We can invent and make objects. One big issue is, most of us don't have much experience in 3D design. Is there an easy design tool that shows the shape of 3D objects and we can easily modify and change to the shape we like?
Endlessforms.com is a website where a powerful algorithm behind it. It allows people who have no experience in designing or working with CAD software and 3D design software to create 3D objects and then print them. The algorithm uses elements in the biological process in nature. When you think of making an object such as a lamp or a vase, Endlessforms.com functions as a help assistant. It make suggestions for model variants, so you can choose the shape you like.
You can read from their site:
An abstraction of this developmental process produces each object you see on EndlessForms.com. For each voxel (a small cube) in the allowable area, information about its geometric coordinates (e.g. its X, Y, and Z coordinates) are input into an evolved genome. The genes in the genome turn on and off in response to that information, creating new geometric patterns that affect other genes, etc. Eventually the output of the network is a single value, which specifies whether material should fill a voxel or not. The genome thus specifies where material exists based on geometric information, just as in natural organisms. A difference between our site and nature is that geometric information is represented mathematically, which is more computationally efficient than simulating the diffusing chemicals in natural organisms.
In the long term EndlessForms wants to develop the technology combining various materials in an object. It expands more possibilities that everyone can invent and make objects.
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