These Holograms were Printed with an Inket

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At Siggraph 2016, a company named Lumii presented a technology that I’m having a hard time believing.

As co-head of the Lumii team and participant in the MIT Media Lab Tom Baran explains, their technology can generate full-color 3D holograms using nothing but an inkjet printer (like the one probably sitting on your desk). It works by breaking down a 3D model into patterns that are printed and layered on top of one another to achieve the 3D effect.

Lumii demonstrated the technology at the conference by 3D-scanning people and then printing off a 3D holographic selfie. I’m pretty jealous.

A hat tip to Prosthetic Knowledge for finding this one.

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SPAR 3D Editor Sean Higgins produces SPAR 3D's weekly newsletters for 3D-scanning professionals, and spar3d.com. Sean has previously worked as a technical writer, a researcher, a freelance technology writer, and an editor for various arts publications. He has degrees from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where he studied the history of sound-recording technologies. Sean is a native of Maine and lives in Portland.

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  1. Not sure what sort of paper they are using. In the video they do show the reverse side of one of the images. That is the most impressive aspect of this to me. I doubt that this effect could be achieved on normal printer paper, even though they seem to just be using a conventional inkjet.

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