3D Printed Photographs
Instructables walkthrough from
on converting black and white photographs into 3D printed images complete with relief texture:
The 3d printer in our office (an Objet Connex500) prints with a rigid, semitransparent white material that can be used to create these unique black and white photographic prints. These prints may be indecipherable when viewed from the side, but when backlit with a diffuse light, they recreate images with surprisingly high precision and even add some subtle dimensionality and texture to the scene.
By varying the thickness of a region of this semitransparent print you can control the amount of light that is able to pass through, thereby controlling the brightness (thinner regions of material will appear brighter and thicker regions darker). In this project, I’ve mapped each individual greyscale pixel value of an image to thickness, allowing me to precisely reproduce any greyscale image. The photos I’ve printed include an adorable picture my mom took of our cat Teddy (fig 4), Saturn and its moon Titan taken by the Cassini space probe (fig 5 and 6), and a huge print (19x16”) of Mt. Williamson by Ansel Adams (fig 1, 2, and 3).
Read how they were put together here
amandaghassaei does incredible work.