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Is this a CAD Image or a 3D Printed Model?

The photo below was an experiment in optical illusion. We were looking to see if we could print a 3D model that would actually look like a classic CAD image – complete with the geometrical design lines.

Did we succeed? I think so. Most people looking at the image below assumed that we’d superimposed a CAD of an avocado onto the photo of the bowl of fruit. They didn’t realize it was actually a real 3D printed model sitting in there with the rest of the fruit.

This effect was only possible using the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer which can simultaneously print the ‘solid’ shape of the avocado (in Objet VeroClear transparent material, pre-polish) and the embedded design lines in Objet VeroWhitePlus.

(Above) Superimposed CAD Image or Real 3D Printed Model? 

(Above) Close-Up of the Avocado with Detail of Geometrical Design Lines

Sam Green, Head of Marketing for Rapid Prototyping Solutions, Stratasys

Sam Green, Head of Marketing for Rapid Prototyping Solutions, Stratasys

Sam Green is Head of Marketing for Rapid Prototyping Solutions at Stratasys.

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