3D Printed TreeTrunks @ Citizens of Craft

There a various micro-environments on Mt. Ainslie where different trees dominate. Scribblygums are mainly found on the lower slopes, and there is a band of casuarinas higher up. There is a gum covered in graffiti near the lookout at the top where visitors and joggers have the urge to leave a mark that they have been there.

These 3 tree trunks were captured by photographing them on a mobile phone using the Catch123 app. Each tree was scanned with approximately 40 photos taken while circling the tree on a cloudy day to reduce shadows. The photos were then processed to produce a 3D mesh, which was downloaded as a 3D CAD model. This model was then cleaned up with MeshMixer to remove background materials. The model was then imported into Blender to thicken it from a mesh to an object. The final model of the tree trunk was then uploaded to Shapeways and 3D printed in coloured plastic.

The group of 3 tree trunks were curated by Mel George for the Craft ACT Members exhibition, Citizens of Craft, which opens at 6pm on Friday 9 September and runs to 22 October 2016. The location of the original tree will be provided with the purchase of a 3D print.

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