May 25, 2014

Here is very cool concept from Ryan Smith, lead 3D artist from Technical Illusions. Ryan used CastAR, Technical Illusions' unique AR/VR gaming headset to demonstrate the 3D design inside a Makerbot, before the printing process. Using a laser cutter he drilled holes into the front plastic panel of the Makerbot Replicator, then placed a semi-transparent overlay which gives a holographic visual effect when you wear the Cast AR headset.

The Cast AR headset, the augmented reality glasses, displays holographic-like 3D projections right in front of you. The project raised over $1 million from 3,863 backers, that is more than double the original Kickstarter goal of $400,000. The final retail glasses are expected to weigh less than 100 grams, which is only slightly heavier than a pair of sunglasses.

Its ability to integrate with your surroundings allows Ryan to come up this cool idea for 3D printing. "Once you put them on, you can actually visualize what you are going to print before you print it," Ryan said. So if you plans to print a bracelet, you can even 'wrap' your hand around the holographic style image and scale it up or scale it down to see how it fits with you. Ryan sees this as a future add-on for 3D printing that allows makers and designers to preview their design or parts before printing. Watch the video below Ryan explains how Technical Illusions rigged up CastAR and a 3D printer to demonstrate visual prototyping.

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