MicroMimesis

MicroMimesis
Mimesis as defined by Wikipedia –

Mimesis (Ancient Greek: μίμησις (mīmēsis), from μιμεῖσθαι (mīmeisthai), “to imitate,” from μῖμος (mimos), “imitator, actor”) is a critical and philosophical term that carries a wide range of meanings, which include imitation, representation, mimicry, imitatio, receptivity, nonsensuous similarity, the act of resembling, the act of expression, and the presentation of the self.

From that I pulled .. imitation, representation and mimicry. Therefore MicroMimesis is what the name says .. mimicry in miniature.

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DAZ Studio

DAZ 3D Inc. is most known for its popular line of articulated 3D figures and the large, enthusiastic community that has developed around them. They give away a DAZ Studio and generate profit from digital content sold to be used with the software. The primary focus of DAZ’s in-house content development is its line of elaborately articulated 3D human figures. The “Victoria” line of figures is the most well-known and has been in development since 1999. The figures can be loaded into DAZ Studio to be posed or animated and then rendered. In addition, a wide variety of clothing, hair and other accessories are available for purchase which can be applied to the figures to achieve different looks.

The Fat Guy

The cool thing about the figures in DAZ Studio is indicated by the line above .. “articulated 3D figure(s)”. What this means is that the figure can be posed .. clothing added .. and so on. The REALLY cool thing is that the figure can be morphed. I have moved the figure to the left that I call ‘Fat Guy’ so that his arms are over his head .. I thought that he was holding a pole of some sort. I morphed his body just to see that I could (this was a BIG thig) .. turned him from a handsome dude with an athletic body to what you see now – and gave him a shirt and drawers. The idea was to quickly create a figure .. and see if I could export it so that I could upload the file to Shapeways.

I had success! I had to use a couple of programs to fix various errors from the file generation .. Meshlap, NetFabb and AccuTrans 3D. I successfully uploaded the final file to Shapeways.

Shapeways Print

A while back Shapeways applied a $5 starting / handling fee. This applies to either one or a hundred prints. This figure printed in FUD (Frosted Ultra Detail) is $10.76 each. That includes the $5 startup fee. If you print 100 then that startup fee would add only .05¢ to each figure. Even if only 10 were printed then the startup fee would be .50¢ per figure giving a cost per figure of $6.26 each.

If 100 were ordered then the price would drop to about $5.81 each. Even at $6.26 it would be worth it as each would be a custom design. If were to wish to sell these then it would make sense to use the 3D prints as masters and cast the copies in resin.

That’s where I am at this point. I haven’t had one printed as yet to see how they come out. I really need to do that. If everything printed successfully .. then replicating in resin might make sense.

Update – 11/23/2016
Well .. DAZ turned out to be a bust as far as using the software to generate a 3D mesh for figures .. when you want to sell them. You have to purchase a Game Development Licence to use the meshes .. cost for small business (income less than $100K annually) is $500 and for commercial developers (income greater than $100K annually) is $2,500.

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MicroMimesis — 3 Comments

  1. Pretty interesting stuff there, Ed. Have you tried Hexagon 2.5 from the same developers? Looks like it could also be useful for 3D modelling…

    Edit: That’s not Patrick in the thumbnail. I had to move the comment when I moved the page.

  2. Patrick, no .. I haven’t tried it. I just looked at a ‘mini review’ on the program. Apparently .. it can be placed into the same area as Blender and Sketchup.. allowing creation and rendering of 3D objects. Looking around I found a YouTube tutorial modeling a dress .. which tells me it might be great for creating clothing for characters created in DAZ Studio ..

  3. Very old post here. Update .. is that using DAZ for creating figures is basically a no starter. You have to mortgage your home to purchase the rights to do so commercially.

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