Very cool 3D model stuff
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30 August 2010

Very cool 3D model stuff
 A little preview of something we've been working on...

Today, we're putting up the very first examples of something that we've been working on during the past few months. You'll find the new 360-degree flash models used for the new Sillem's lighters. Frankly, I think this may be the coolest thing ever. Or at least the coolest thing to happen this month. Alyson, Bobby and Melissa have been working really hard to pull this together. I think they've done a tremendous job. We're still very much in the Beta phase with this, rolling it out here and there as we can, making sure we have it down before we try to bite off more than we can chew. It's been a long road to get it this far; we have some ways to go before it's more widely implemented.

So, I figured a quick Q&A followed by two examples below might be in order.

Q: What in the world is this and where can I find it?
A: These are high quality 3D models that can be manipulated by clicking and dragging the mouse, making it possible to see the item from every possible angle. On those items that have it (just the six Sillem's lighters right now, but hopefully lots of stuff down the road), a button appears below the description and above the photo offering the 360-degree view, which pops into its own, extremely cool, javascript window thingy.
Q: Wow, cool! How did you make it go?
A: USB driven turntable and Canon DSLR camera are slaved to a desktop computer running specialized software. Flash apparatus is slaved to the camera. We pretty much set it up (which is far harder than it seems like it should be, as we've discovered over the past couple of months) and it takes care of the rest.
Q: What does the setup look like altogether?
A: See the photo below! The odd-looking wooden apparatus (which, frankly, looks like part of a medieval siege engine) lets us orient the turntable either right side up or upside down, depending on what we need it to do. Oh, and I know that which is in the booth isn't that which is on the screen. Alyson was busy with the update, so I took the picture, and it's far too complicated for me to actually make go, so I just pretended it was going. And then realized that I had a pipe on the screen and a humidor in the light tent...
Q: Again, seriously cool! When can we expect to see it on more stuff? Yeah, I am talking about pipes here...
A: Frankly, we're not sure. We have more work to do on lighting and reflections, and on how to consistently get good results with a variety of pipe shapes and finishes. This might take awhile, though we certainly hope it happens sometime soon.
Q: Well, can I see an example?
Sure! See below: (Note, of course, that you need the Flash plugin installed to see these).

Posted by sykes at 4:49 PM | Link | 4 comments

Re: Very cool 3D model stuff
But can it core a apple? j/k

That is very cool. Great work ... and a lot of work too I bet! It is nice to be able to see all sides of something, especially items that have so much craftsmanship in them. Then you know what you are paying for.

I can't wait until you figure out how we can smell the aroma from inside the tobacco tins.

Posted by keving on August 30, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Re: Very cool 3D model stuff
I think this is a really cool tool. Being able to rotate a lighter, or pipe, shows all sides and allows greater understanding of the piece. I'm looking forward to seeing this used even more.

Posted by adam on August 31, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Re: Very cool 3D model stuff
It adds a lot to the presentation; more than one would think. Nice job!

Posted by Joe on August 31, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Re: Very cool 3D model stuff
It is nice to be able to see all sides of something, very cool.

Posted by Davis Pipe on October 19, 2011 at 2:14 PM

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