Heightfield Experiment 1

This week I moved away from modeling from the ground up to focus on modeling the ground from up above. I’m excited to see what the capabilities and limitations of Rhino’s Heightfield tool are.

I’m interested in creating serving dishes (or molds for serving dishes) that are direct representations of the source terrain that the food being served on them comes from. For this first experiment I’m imagining serving ceviche or a thinly sliced fish on top of a rippling water surface.

I pulled a image of water from Google Image Search as the source. And after processing with Heighfield, turning the surface into a sold and cutting out the outline it looked like this.

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This circular cutout is 5.1″ in diameter and about 1″ from base to the top the surface. I thought it might take a little too long on the 3D printer to be worth it, so I used the 4-axis mill. Just to get a prototype in my hands. Now that I have an object to study I can think about what additional modeling features I could only get with 3D printing.

Photo Oct 15, 6 27 40 PM