4

Industry has for years used a 'pad printer' to put images on complex shapes, like plastic or ceramic travel mugs, etc. I have observed these, but never used one. I see no reason why there couldn't be a DIY version made. Best of luck, and I look forward to seeing what you come up with!


4

I've had better luck with fonts that are heavier, usually sans-serif, and usually bold-face. All-caps can help, too, if it makes sense at all for the text. Impact is one widely-available example, though it's far from perfect and rarely has the look I want. I also usually need to turn on the "Print Thin Walls" setting in Cura when handling smaller text. When ...


3

I think this will work for you... Laser Printer Image Transfer: Print reverse image with color laser printer on regular paper. Apply Mod Podge or artist arcylic or artist matte gel to the 3d printed surface. You may need to sand it first to get it nice and smooth. Apply same to picture and put picture, face down, onto the surface that you're transferring ...


3

Inspired by the answer given by @Trish and the following YouTube video, I finally worked out the way to reconstruct the 3D crystal model in AutoCAD. Import 6 images into AutoCAD. The photos are taken from 6 different angles with 30 degrees separation. Draw 6 lines of length 100 along Y axis in the XY plane. Use ALINE command to align the rotation axis in ...


3

YES, it is possible to make a model from several shots, if you know the angle of rotation between the pictures. most CAD programs allow to insert a picture, for example as backdrop or to trace it. We are interested in the later use: We insert the picture, trace it in the picture's layer, then insert the next picture, rotated around the axis of rotation of ...


3

With just 1 2D photo, you can never get a 100% accurate 3D object. That is because you don't really know about the hidden parts. Think of a photo of a smiling mischievous child that is facing you, and you can't see that they are holding a sling shot behind their back. However, with multiple 2D photos, one can reconstruct a 3D object, provided all the ...


2

Rather than post a series of links for various services and vendors, consider to use as a search term "hydrographic film at home" to find results to suit your purpose. The first search results I found excluded "at home" and indicated it was not suited for home/hobbyist use, but the modification resulted in vendors supportive of home users. In advanced ...


1

You may want to do a search for "photogrammetry". This is software that uses many photos to build a 3D model. Dr. Falkingham did a good review of free software on his blog: https://peterfalkingham.com/2016/09/14/trying-all-the-free-photogrammetry/ https://peterfalkingham.com/2017/12/17/free-photogrammetry-software-review-2017/ His conclusion that works ...


1

You really can't. That said the only group that has this kind of tech is .. Disney of all companies. That said their tech is good at simple shapes. Nothing more. I have seen some hydro transfer techniques. However that will not let you position a graphic as it is all done with a stretch transfer material ontop of a water bed. No one has a hand steady enough....


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible