We're Nick and Martha Desbiens from Desbiens Design Research and we're excited to introduce you to fahz. It's your face in a vase! We will create a beautiful custom 3D-printed vase from your photos.
The vase begins with facial profile photos that are converted into vector geometry. Most images taken from the side will work, although higher contrast images produce more predictable results. The outlines from the photos become the scaffolding for a 3D model that merges the distinct profiles into a seamless sculptural form.
Once the custom digital model is generated, the file is sent directly to a 3D printer to create the highly detailed vase in lightweight, durable PLA plastic.
This project began as an overly ambitious Mother's Day gift from Nick to Martha. Rather than designing a single vase, Nick decided to design a generative vase design system. Drawing from his background as an architect and computational designer, Nick utilized customized software (Rhino, Grasshopper, Python, Processing, etc.) to produce a detailed parametric model. The original idea was to update the file with new profiles once a year (children grow), thereby solving the Mother's Day gift conundrum once and for all. It was only as Martha began to show the vase to friends and family that we began to think about ways to expand the project.
Our initial goal is to raise enough money to buy our own 3D printer. We're also interested in looking for opportunities to develop a mobile app that would allow users to upload photos and see vase designs in real time. A successful Kickstarter campaign would provide us with the resources to further explore the design opportunities of high quality mass customization.
Thanks for supporting fahz! We really appreciate all of our friends and family that have encouraged us to develop this project. And a special thanks to Tangina Stone for providing her song Suntan (remix) for the video.
Risks and challenges
As we already have a successful prototype, we are confident that we'll be able to produce the vases. The one question we still are figuring out is how long it will take to print them ourselves. We are aiming to have all vases shipped by Mothers Day. To minimize the risk of running out of time and not meeting this goal, we are limiting the number of pledges for this Kickstarter. And while our campaign is running, Nick will be working on more fully automating the process of converting the photos into 3D models.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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