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Universal wrap

Transform anything
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Object is placed inside scanning booth. Object is 3d-scanned to create surface topology.

Surface topology is used to construct flat virtual net of object surface with appropriate cuts / gaps. Some objects may require more than one separate piece to create a complete surface coverage.

Subject is loaded through any number of ways - place subject in scanning booth to create 360° view, or upload photograph(s) or artwork from a library or database of designs.

Subject image is projected onto virtual net.

Net is printed in colour on thin membrane with self-adhesive backing

Net is unpeeled from backing and applied to surface of object.

pocmloc, Sep 12 2020

Bump Mapping https://en.wikipedi...g/wiki/Bump_mapping
[xenzag, Sep 13 2020]


       Ignoring phenomenology, what is the relationship between subject and object?
pertinax, Sep 12 2020

       The subject is an exemplar; the object is to be covered in the generated wrap, so as to imitate the appearance of the subject.
pocmloc, Sep 12 2020

       e.g. subject is can of beer; object is coffee mug. Beer can is scanned and wrap is printed with imitation of beer can. Wrap is applied to coffee mug. Coffee mug now looks like beer can.
pocmloc, Sep 12 2020

       Got it, thank you.[+]
pertinax, Sep 12 2020

       // Coffee mug now looks like beer can //   

       The reverse process - disguising a beer can as a coffee mug - offers superior benefits to the beer-drinking end user.
8th of 7, Sep 12 2020

       Process can be used in any direction from any subject to any object. Hence title "universal..."
pocmloc, Sep 12 2020

       Presumably size isn't important ?
8th of 7, Sep 12 2020

       I am reminded of the story about high-fidelity record players in "Godel, Escher, Bach". Just as a record- player cannot reproduce a record-player-breaking sound, this proposed machine presumably cannot reproduce certain shapes or colors, therefore it is not truly "universal".
sninctown, Sep 12 2020

       Doesn't say it produces an accurate facsimile of the subject.   

       Suggest something that it could not do
pocmloc, Sep 12 2020

       Scanning an object is only one possible way to generate the "subject" file. The idea suggests photography as another option. The function of the device is not to scan things but to wrap them. I see no reason why the device should not be able to wrap itself.
pocmloc, Sep 12 2020

       To clarify, [+] although this device cannot accurately wrap many things, including: Hairy Cat Ears, the Sun, the entirety of the Universe.
sninctown, Sep 12 2020

       Actually, it's going to run into problems with any object exhibiting fractal characteristics, like a coastline, since as a coastline has effectively an infinite perimeter the system will require and infinite amount of material to wrap it.
8th of 7, Sep 12 2020

       Oh c'mon. Admit it. You guys are still trying to passively train [Treon].   

       It's quite obvious.   

       Not to pick nits or anything but where peeling involves taking something apart isn't unpeeling the same as putting the thing back together?
whatrock, Sep 13 2020

       //Transform// spelling: disguise   

       No substance to anything, just a deflecting dance from a straining network of vertices.
wjt, Sep 13 2020

       // less than perfect. //   

       Oh, well, if you're not going to take it seriously...
8th of 7, Sep 13 2020

       That much is blatantly obvious.
8th of 7, Sep 13 2020

       This is called "bump mapping" and most 3D software packages can deliver it via linking with a 3D scanner.
xenzag, Sep 13 2020

       I've often wondered and asked with no satisfactory answers, if it's possible to 3D print a möbius loop.
po, Sep 14 2020

       Yes, it is - as long as it isn't of zero - or negative* - thickness.   

       But if you then want the surface polished, that takes an infinitely long time ...   

       *Requires exotic matter; ask your supplier for price and delivery information.
8th of 7, Sep 14 2020

       [8th] it's that zero thickness that worries me. at the crossover.
po, Sep 14 2020

       Just turn it the other way up ...
8th of 7, Sep 14 2020

       You could print each side separately and then glue the two sides together back-to-back
pocmloc, Sep 14 2020

       It would be easier if you glued them front to front, as the fronts are more easily accessible; less reaching ...
8th of 7, Sep 14 2020

       That would be stupid because then you would only see the rough, unfinished sides.
pocmloc, Sep 14 2020

       Yes, but you'll have saved manufacturing costs; the customer can do the finishing.
8th of 7, Sep 14 2020


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