Computational Hydrographic Printing, a new method that inherits the versatility of traditional hydrographic printing, while also enabling precise alignment of surface textures to possibly complex surfaces
Hydrographic Way to Add Intricate Color Pattern to 3-D Printed Creations | Hydrographic Printing is a widely used and frankly kind of nutty way to add color to objects. This new computational technique makes it even nuttier.
Prior to this innovation, hydrographic printing has been limited by practicality to a method for adding repetitive or abstract coloring to a 3D object. The texture map data collected drives the creation of a film prepared for the specific surface and the rest is as close to magic as it gets. In the video released, a white 3D printed mask is submerged into the bath onto an image that would have made Picasso proud and yet emerges with the coloring of a tiger perfectly placed on its surface.