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.

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