Jul 18 2006, 10:12 AM
Here is my entry from the last contest (the "mechanical" theme) in various forms of ThreeDee-ness. I saw someone else rendered theirs out this way, and it was fun to see.
So here's one in analglyph form, and two in pairs (with one close-up on the bow detail).
It's fun for me to see it like this, since it seems to read better in 3D. My 2D render came out pretty muddy, even though I tried to balance the transparecy to show the inner workings. (I think it's all those infernal oars.) But with the depth cue, it seems easier to see the equipment in the core of the ship.
You have your basic fission reactor towards the rear of the ship (left of frame, btw), then the boiler and two turbines inline towards the front. These drive the electric propulsion motor that turns the big flywheel up front. This drives a triple stack of rack-and-pinion oar mounts that cycle the oars at upwards of 40 strokes per minute. (The shafts of the oars are titanium, to resist shattering.) Man, if Alexander the Great had only had one of these babies, he could have conquered North America! (Had he known it was out there...)
Jul 18 2006, 12:18 PM
The stereo really does help sort the details out. The transparencies are a challenge for the eye, maybe another strategy would be a "cutaway". You could use some booleans to cut holes where you wanted them without having to change the model itself.
The image pairs above are in "wide-eye" format which most people will have trouble viewing so I took the liberty of switching them into "cross-eye" format:
Jul 18 2006, 01:10 PM
Oops. So I guess that means I had the two images transposed. Sorry about that, and thanks for switching them right way 'round. Twas just my ignorance--I haven't had much time to play with the stereo techniques--not as much as I'd like to!
Jul 18 2006, 01:49 PM
neither way is wrong, but rob is certainly right in my case -- i can only see crosseye stereograms.
in this case, stereo helps a great deal... i didn't even realize your image was a cutaway!
Jul 19 2006, 08:29 AM
I like the way you fade away the planking but leave the trim to define the shape of the hull - it works better in stereo than I would have guessed.
Jul 20 2006, 06:50 PM
Oooow... Shame on you, don't make your cross-eye images so large! It's hard to focus my eyes on the cross-eyed ones when I have to cross my eyes so far! (Actually, maybe I shouold've just backed away...
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