Blooms: Strobe Animated 3D Printed Sculptures

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Blooms: Strobe Animated 3D Printed Sculptures


John Edmark, an inventor and designer who teaches at Stanford University has designed 3D printed sculptures called blooms that animate when spun and lit by a strobe light. These sculptures can be used to create fascinating animations using a video camera with a fast shutter speed.  The 3D printed sculpture is rotated at a particular speed synchronized with the shutter speed of the video camera that captures a picture every time the object turns by a particular angle.  As a result, fascinating animations are created as shown in the videos below.  These designs are available for printing from shapeways (  A turntable and a strobe light is needed to animate a bloom.  Generating an animation using a bloom is similar to zoetrope (  The number of spirals on each sculpture are always Fibonacci numbers.  Therefore these are also called Fibonacci Zoetropes.






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