3D Printing from an ipad

Monday night I kicked off a print from my ipad while watching a movie, priceless!

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The Cupcake

To give our Customers an idea of our capabilities here at ADC we decided to create a model of a Cupcake.

First off we needed to purchase a delectable looking Cupcake so our viewers would want to eat one once they saw our model. Below we have pictures of the Cupcake right out of the box.

Yummy Right!!


In order to scan the Cupcake we needed to apply a light layer of white Talc powder in order for the White Light Scanner to pick up the data.

In addition to the Talc powder, target points were added around the cupcake so that the scanner would know where to reference the next scan when the cupcake was moved on the turntable.

After ten or so scans had been taken the cupcake had been captured in a 3D point cloud on the scanner computer. The scan was then polygonized, which means that it joins the points using triangles to form a closed mesh on the skin of a shape represented by the points. After the model is polygonized it is then  imported into the post-processing software called Geomagic Studio. There all missing data is filled in appropriately to give the cupcake one constant polygonal surface. To finish our process the cupcake was then turned into an IGES (Initial Graphics Exchange Specification) Surface to create a solid CAD model of the Cupcake.

We then wanted our cupcake to stand the test of time and last forever to tell its story so it was sprayed with a coat of clear resin to perfectly preserve it, and was then placed in a plexiglass box.

2011 ADC Holiday Card

We really enjoy the challenge of designing clever holiday cards for our clients.  Our way of expressing a little gratitude for allowing our creative collaborations throughout the year.  Last year we collaborated with a brilliant cartoonist who captured our team in the following image for our card.

2010 Holiday Card

In December 2011, ADC became an authorized re-seller for 3D Systems and their 3D printers.  We decided to venture into the 3 Dimensional world this year with our holiday card and this blog post shows the process in which we used to create our card.

First, we took a company picture outside of our building.

Step #1 Select a photo!

Next, using Geomagic Studio Software we took a negative of the photo and embossed it on a Polygon Surface to create a model of the picture.

Step #2 Negative of Picture Embossed on Polygon Surface

Then, we made a picture frame in Pro-Engineer and combined the two to create the final product.

Step #3 Combining Pro-E Frame and Polygon Picture

The picture below is the final result in Geomagic Studio that we loaded onto the 3D Printer.

Step #4 Load finished files into the 3D Printer

Next we printed the card on our 3D Systems Pro-Jet Printer.

Step #5 Print the Holiday Card on the 3D Printer

Finally if you hold the Holiday Card up to a light source to see the magic of this process.

Step #6 Hold the Holiday Card up to the light

Interested in ordering a custom 3D print of your own photo? Inquire with Debbie Schaefer at:


262-523-1010 x229

Prices start at just $10.


Our work at ADC strives to actualize the insight of great minds both old and new.  In order to honor these intelligent minds and remind ourselves daily of their thoughtful observations, we created a quotation display in our office foyer.

We hope these quotations inspire the work we do today and everyday.

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex…It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
Albert Einstein

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward;
you can only connect them looking backwards.
So you have to trust that the dots will somehow
connect in your future.
You have to trust in something-
your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.
This approach has never let me down,
and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Steve Jobs

Printed Ornaments: Part 2

Just a quick scan with our laser scanner (Faro Edge) to capture the lightbulb (STL file shown in yellow), import into CAD, draw a simple petal shape & pattern it giving it various thicknesses as it goes around, and complete it with small snap feature at the bottom so it snaps over the bulb.

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We still have some, stop by ADC to pick up your complimentary sample.  If anyone is interested I can post the STL file.