Everybody knows the works of Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher, those mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints.
Escher's work uses polyhedra and geometric distortions and that makes his drawing so fascinating. Now one research group decided to make it possible to bring some of these "impossible" shapes to real life.
Computer scientist Gershon Elber at the Technion at the Israel Institute of Technology is working on Escher For Real, a plugin for his modeling program to recreate 3D models of Escher's work. Earlier Elber had crafted simple shapes such as the Penrose Triangle and the Necker Cube, but this time he wanted to create more complex and impossible shapes such as the Belvedere and Relativity.
The research team developed Gulrit, an unique CAD application that is able to design impossible 3D objects from a certain viewing direction.
Using a Z402 3D Printer from Zcorporation, a Stratasys FDM3000 3D printer and an Object 3D printer the team managed to create the actual physical objects of Escher's work.
It takes 27 hours to print a real life version of Escher's Belvedere. As you can image the result is just so awesome as Escher's original work.
More about Prof. Elber's work on Escher objects are available on his website.
Via: Hack a day
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Anja wrote at 8/21/2012 2:51:20 PM:
Thanks Daniel, corrected.
Daniel wrote at 8/21/2012 2:29:03 PM:
Just a small correction: The main part of the movie shows printing using an Objet30 3D printer, while in the text you mention only ZCorp and Startasys :)
Michael wrote at 8/21/2012 9:00:05 AM: