FusePrint: A DIY 2.5D Printing Technique Embracing Everyday Artifacts
Comparison with phone mounted on handlebar
The setup was implemented based on the infrastructure of SLA 3D printing process, consisting of three main stages: design, print, and post-process.The design software contains a web-based sketch interface which allows users to design the 2.5D patterns on mobile tablets, and a plug-in for Microsoft PowerPoint to generate projection patterns based on the design of 2.5D shapes designed by the users. We chose Microsoft PowerPoint due to its large user base and the relative simple and familiar interface for its shape and drawing functionalities for users’ further modification on the patterns. To create 2.5D patterns, users first need to draw the bottom shape of the object in the canvas of the sketch interface
The sketch interface allows user to specify the height to place physical objects during the printing process. By clicking the “Place Objects” button, user draws a new stroke between bottom and top lines, to provide the information about placing physical objects. This information will be processed by the PowerPoint plug-in to generate corresponding slide for notifying the user to put in objects during printing.