I’m no expert in any sort of art, let alone that of light sculptures. I’ve seen enough of them to know that my design skills aren’t competent to create one good enough that I’d want to display it in my house. But today there’s good news for those of us who’ve read about 3D printing and wanted to create something but need help in the design department.
Shapeways, a 3D printing company I wrote about back in August, is introducing a new service called
Photoshaper, which lets you create a light sculpture from nothing more than a digital photograph. The process is about as simple as it could be—all you have to do is download a Java application, then follow a few short steps to create a design based on whatever photograph you want. You save the design to the Shapeways website, place your order (between $40 and $50, including shipping), and you’re done. The software will automatically create the design based on the contrast in your photo. You can add whatever text (in a variety of fonts) you want to the sculpture, which will appear on the back.
I’m trying the service out for myself, so when the finished product arrives I’ll review it. At the moment, all I have to go on is the (non-embeddable) video from the website, which certainly makes the effect of the generated light sculpture look really interesting, and unique in my experience. It looks like it could be a really creative way to display a favorite photo, be it a digitized version of an antique picture of family long gone or a snapshot you just took last week of your own kids. I haven’t seen anything quite like it, and I’m anxious to see what it looks like in person.