It can either be a game or a magic trick…but this 3D printed box is another proof that anything can be 3D printed. This innovation is another way to think out of the box or to bring revolution when it comes to production.

The viral creation of Sage Hansen: a successful challenge

I created a virtual cube and camera angle in my 3D software, said the 3D animator of 29.

The 3D animation of Sage is in the form of an optical illusion. Even though it is hard to tell what’s real while watching the video, the 3D printed cube can be seen as a complete flat object with a series of disjointed lines and angles. Sage Hansen tricks the viewer’s perception with this “anamorphic illusion” which looks like a 3D cube when it is viewed from a particular angle.  

The 3D design took around two and a half hours per cube.I have always enjoyed seeing forced perspective chalk art’, he said. Inspired by the system of perspective, Sage Hansen explained the press that he started to draw lines at random positions and angles until they aligned in the camera’s perspective. After selecting the angles, he went on to extrude the lines, making them thicker and rounding off the corners to soften the lighting. Lastly, the Texas-based artist 3D printed the object that creates the optical illusion.

For the maker, “the printers have come a long way in a short time, and they have made many improvements”, implying the potential that can be capitalized from this technology.  


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