I always wanted to use the pottery wheel at school. But like the drum kit that gathered dust, it never seemed to get used or it wasn’t part of the curriculum. Fast forward 20 years I can go insane on the drums in DrumKit VR and now spin clay all thanks to Oculus Medium.
The freeware from Oculus was launched earlier this year and available for free when you purchased the much required Touch controllers. You can use Medium’s clay like material to sculpt as you would do with the regular stuff, all without the necessity of an apron and your sleeves rolled up.
One of the major draws of Oculus Medium is that you can export your creations and have them built by a 3D printer! Quite literally making a product of virtual reality, REALITY!
We’ve been doing just this with some ambitious clients in recent months.
TEDx Goodenough College 2017
We were invited to attend Goodenough Colleges annual TEDx event and provide content for this years theme of [R]evolution.
We came armed with an Oculus Touch setup and 3D printer. We also provided armfuls of Gear VR’s showcasing some of the latest 360 video experiences and discussed the use of 360 media while taking a few snaps (see below).
Guests soon took to Oculus Medium and were amazed by its intuitiveness. A huge barrier when creating 3D models is the software. There are usually so many tools and options in popular 3D softwares like MAYA and Rhino that it can be overwhelming, this isn’t the case with Medium.
Pull the trigger and ‘medium’ is released, not dissimilar to shaving foam being sprayed out of a can. The sculptor could then add, waste, smooth, smudge, cut and so on using the tool wheel.
We had our very own Billie Achilleos giving demonstrations which was key in showing what could be done with the kit. One of Billie’s pieces resulted in a dragon sitting upon our name sake and of course we printed it off. Nice one Billie!
iMakr - a premier 3D solutions company - got in touch to collaborate on an evening of 3D printing and VR which was held at their Clerkenwell, London store.
One of a handful of events they hold at their store; the ticketed event ran for several hours on a balmy summers evening. Many like minded creatives and tech enthusiasts were in attendance and could try first hand the power of rapid prototyping, all made possible with an easy to use and intuitive VR programme.
"it's incredible! I can't believe I made this!"
Robots, cars and monsters emerged as if from no where and some great conversations were had with Users as they produced their models.
To create ‘something’ digitally using your hands and then print it out to hold is a very powerful ability, and it’s a reason why this combination of virtual reality hardware, software and 3D printing gains so much interest from enthusiasts and passers by alike.
If you would like to try your hand at sculpting in VR and have your model printed, get in touch today for a demo at our offices.