I'm coming in to the discussion a bit late, but why do we need a new
wiki for this? Surely it falls under the remit of Commons. I hate to see
a proliferation of wikis, it dilutes the community rather too much!
Am I missing something?
On 11/02/2012 10:42, Ray Saintonge wrote:
On 02/09/12 10:39 AM, Chris Lee wrote:
The largest problem I see with this is offering a
3D modelling software
that is free and (somewhat) easy to use. I know some exist, but they are
not nearly as friendly as Solidworks or Pro e. secondly, we would
offer a free viewer, so that they could be accessed from Wikipedia
or other projects. These are huge development barriers, as we barely
resources for comparatively much less demanding softwares.
Creating a 3D model of a screw is one thing that could be beneficial for
someone creating some type of assembly for school or work, but to
3D model of a sculpture; how could we verify its proportions?
I like the concept, but it is very far from the plain text, html, js
runs virtually everything we work on in Wikimedia.
I remember such an idea crossing my mind at Wikimania Taipei in the
wake of Raoul Weiler's talk, and visiting the National Museum there
where a bowl in a glass case had some inscriptions all around that
were impossible to see in full because one couldn't see the back. It's
all well beyond my personal technical abilities, but it struck me as
something that could be very useful for representing museum
artifacts. (I tried to go to a presentation about something similar
for the mining industry, but after driving more than an hour to get
there they had to cancel because a car had run into a power pole and
knocked out the electricity in the whole neighborhood for the whole
afternoon.) I didn't follow up after that.
I don't think that maintaining proportions is a problem. These
things already exist in architectural programs, medical imaging and
building scenic environments for video games. A simple object can be
completely photographed by four cameras in a tetrahedral pattern
around it. For the viewer 3D-printing would be less important that
being able turn and otherwise manipulate the object on screen.
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