3D Printing and War Games To Stimulate Animation

clock December 26, 2014 11:58 by author christpaul

The phenomenon of 3-D printing has had a significant impact on the types of animation that can be carried out successfully, but one realm that few people will have considered in which 3-D printing is having a genuine impact is that of tabletop war games. Of course, 3-D animation has had a huge influence over the video games industry, and modern games such as Call of Duty greatly benefit from complex and absorbing 3-D animations.

However, tabletop war games remain extremely popular for a variety of reasons, not least that strategy is central to what takes place. Essentially, the most popular board game in human history, chess, is a war game, and the enduring popularity of this ancient game is indicative of the degree to which traditional tabletop games can still attract players.

Although tabletop war games can to some extent to be viewed as a dated, or at least traditional, hobby, hundreds of thousands of the players are still involved in the pastime. And the notion that this is a dated way to spend time is being challenged by one company, which goes by the name of  Printable Scenery. The  Printable Scenery company is combining the modern-day technology of 3D printing with that of those traditional games.

It is here that 3-D printing has come in useful, as the Printable Scenery company is able to combine this very contemporary technology with the traditional tabletop game. The creation of miniature fantasies scenery has really enhanced the tabletop gaming community's experience.

Representatives of the Printable Scenery company suggest that the process for modelling for animation and the process for modelling 3-D prints can be quite different, with keeping everything to scale being a serious challenge in the latter. Nonetheless, the Printable Scenery company is also intending to work in animation in the near future, with 3-D printing seen as a viable option for absorbing animated movies.

In the process involved in this innovative gaming device, creating brick patterns that don’t tile or repeat can take a while to model. This differs with animations, where applying a tile-able texture is much easier.

Several 3-D animations based on 3-D printing technology have already been produced, perhaps most notably the short film which went viral on the Internet, Bear on the Stairs. Although the technology is still in its infancy, as it develops it seems more likely that 3-D printing could become a staple of the 3-D animation industry.

Enhancing 3D Printing with Facial Animation Software

clock September 23, 2013 09:20 by author JerohO

Recently, an online shop pulled down some 3D printed characters--Final Fantasy--developed or should I say created by an indie designer due to the issue of licensing. This was reported as news due to the fact that the printing evolution is destined to blur the lines of plagiarism amongst artists and designers. Just imagine the huge losses organizations such as IKEA, LEGO etc. will incur if we all started printing our own furniture or toys--similar to theirs--and sell them online. This realistic fear will definitely lead to new copyright laws and reviews in many lands.



The very nature of 3D printing and its modeling techniques, makes it possible for designers to avoid the problems associated with copyright infringement and a breakdown of these techniques should show you how. Your average 3D printing project is accomplished through the following steps:


  • Developing a 3D model with computer aided-design software(CAD) or animation modeling software

  • Next, this model is fed into the printing platform of a 3D printer

  • finally, with additive manufacturing the model is printed.


Most CAD/animation software users would have spotted the step in which plagiarism can be avoided from these listed steps. But if you haven’t, then note that the first step of developing the 3D model with CAD gives you all the flexibility required to avoid all copy right infringement laws in any land. Going back to the indie designers brush with--final fantasy --plagiarism, he or anyone of us could simply use our facial expressions or that of our loved ones, combined with a facial animation software to model a unique 3D character having the physical attributes of any major fictional character with two major difference--the characters face and its’ name.

 There are diverse character animation software that can handle the modeling of 3D characters but the design process associated with most of them is hectic for professionals and provides a steep learning curve for beginners. Therefore securing the services of a facial animation software that simplifies these modeling processes while sticking to quality and realism is important to the success of printing realistic 3D models. CAD applications such as Crazy talk, Faceshift, photoshop etc. are easy to use but provide designers with poor quality models, so what one needs is a modeling software that renders facial animation with a high degree of precision while eliminating morph targets, rigging of any sort etc. which brings the character animation software “Natural Front” to mind.





Facial Animation Simplified


Natural Front is a 3D CAD software predominantly built for facial animation--which puts it ahead of multi purpose CAD software--while eliminating difficult facial modeling procedures. It uses curve-controlled modeling techniques to simplify its modeling process and this makes it possible for designers--professionals and amateurs--to model advanced facial expressions in record time.


Natural Front gives you the opportunity to be strategically placed at the forefront of tech advancement in facial animation. It does this by taking into consideration your personal opinion on the CAD file formats you would love on its interface. Therefore, do not hesitate to leave your comments and opinions in the comment box provided just for you. 3D printing is definitely a technology for the future and coupling its design processes with a customizable facial animation software, gives you the chance to mould the future.


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