3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. There are rooms for programming when moving these services online, based on the strength of 3d visualization libraries.
I have chances to work on several online quoting projects for 3D printing, and they bring great experiences. In these projects, an interesting part is converting 3D files to render-able formats for showing on web browsers.
I have used VTK - an open-source, freely available software system for 3D computer graphics, image processing, and visualization - for doing this task. The library has been doing great work when extracting images from STL models.
3D images extracted by VTK library
One of fun things while working on these projects, is a client of mine has been built a 3D yacht for the film "The Wolf of Wall Street" with performance of Leonardo DiCaprio. I like him from the Titanic, and finally he has got an Oscar in 2016.
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