3D printers for private use are very much in vogue, whether for selfies, beloved pets or favorite football teams. The CAPPS.IT driven by Cuttlefish technology printing service now delivers 3D models which look photo-realistic not only on screen. In the MediaMarkt store in Ingolstadt, Southern Germany, customers can now use this technology to scan themselves and print out a 3D selfie. This service is set to become available at other branches in the consumer electronics retailer's chain soon.
(Darmstadt) It has been virtually impossible to print 3D data in the correct colors until now. CAPPS.IT driven by Cuttlefish technology, a colorcalibrated 3D copying service, now enables photo-realistic reproductions to be made for the first time, printing models in the correct colors and translucence. The technology is based on the Cuttlefish universal 3D color printer driver, developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD. “Our printer software allows users to work with many printing materials at the same time, delivering a precise reproduction of the geometries, colors and subtle color transitions in the original,” explains Dr. Philipp Urban, Director of the 3D Printing Technology Department at Fraunhofer IGD.
Besides color calibration, Cuttlefish also enables users to integrate translucent materials into the print. “Translucency permits light to pass through a body but diffuses it. We have now managed to print translucencies in combination with true-to-life colors for the first time,” explains Urban. “Human skin or multiple beer mugs clutched in the hand appear very natural in 3D prints as a result.” There is a whole range of possible uses for this patented, innovative combination between color and translucency in 3D printing – from prototype visualization in industry through to the printing of dental implants.
CAPPS.IT driven by Cuttlefish technology was developed in close cooperation between the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD, Stratasys, Alphacam and DIG:ED.