Three Dimensional Graphing

With technology advancing, some engineering groups have tried to reproduce 3-dimensional surfaces and objects in the real world. The most common and most practical way that this is happening is through 3D printing, which turns a 3D model into a physical object. While this technology is spectacular, it is extremely limited in functionality. The purpose of this research was to produce a working prototype of a board that could accurately reproduce 3D images in the real world that could be touched and manipulated by others. This board was built by Raymond Cieslinski and Michael LaBarbera, and it was called the IN3. The IN3 was built out of custom-cut acrylic sheets, micro servos, a micro controller, and 3D printed tiles. Through several stages of development, a working prototype of this board was produced, and it could produce two and three dimensional surfaces on its 6 x 6 resolution surface. By simply making the picture on the IN3ís software, a 3D surface can be produced with the push of a button. There is no waiting time to print a 3D part or any materials required. It is as simple as uploading the surface to the board and it will be produced instantly.

Research Conducted By:

Raymond Cieslinski
Fraser High School

Michael LaBarbara
Lakeview High School