What Sort Of Sorcery Is This?!: 3D Hydrographic Printing

May 19, 2015


This is a video from Zheijiang University of a new hydrographic printing process (previously) that allows the subject to be printed accurately, regardless of the distortion dunking a 3D object in the water would create. Smart words because I am dumb:

The group calls this "computational hydrographic printing." After constructing a rig to keep the dunking process uniform, the researchers developed software that simulates the stretching expected from a given object's immersion. The desired color pattern is then distorted accordingly. It's wild to watch it happen: At one point in the clip, we see a mask plunging through a Rorschach-like puddle of color. When it's pulled out, we see it's a tiger's face, now perfectly mapped to the mask's curves.

Pretty crazy, right? I want to get my whole body hydrographically printed to look like a Na'vi from Avatar. And I'm not just saying that because I've always wanted to give Avatar Tattoo Guy a run for his money, but somebody needs to. Did you know Avatar 2 is scheduled to be released on Christmas, 2017? I didn't know that until I just looked it up. I'm gonna be honest, I didn't really like the first one that much. "Then why print yourself to look like a Na'vi?" Man, I am like, a bad decision MACHINE.

Keep going for the whole video.

Thanks to Christian, who is going to start hydrographic printing mannequins with body hair and nipples and tattoos because why not.

  • Elias Rufus

    Hydrographic printing is possible the neatest thing I've seen! I can't believe that you can make fully realistic mannequins with this. It's really neat that the process is used by warping the material. I would think that this should really speed up the production process.


  • Jenness

    I was most impressed by the zebra, to have it so perfectly aligned on the seams

  • just1nw

    So science is finally catching up to all the beauty gurus practicing water nail art , aka witchcraft. It's good to gain some ground on the dark arts...

  • iofo61

    If you play it in reverse, it looks like they've found a new way to skin a cat....

  • Ollie Williams

    They need a new narrator.

  • captaindash

    I'd rather have someone who is obviously involved the project as opposed to when idiots said they didn't like David Attenborough's voice so they lobbied for Oprah to narrate the Planet Earth series. The voice has gotta sound like the actually understand what's going on.

  • Lathaniel


  • nightvisiongoggles

    RIP kitty

  • JJtoob

    I was curious to see the sphere in one immerssion.

  • Meh

    Very impressive. One day China will rule all not just the replicating process.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Once they rule the stay at home complaining online they will take over GW job and our comments.

    On the other hand that will be all they will do.

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