VRML is a file type that lets you spin the object around and view it from
any side. VRML viewers are usually plug ins you download that run out of a
I guess the question of $50 being a lot depends on the cost of materials and
time versus the value of something not looking the same in real life as it
did on paper. I would suspect that most of you guys are pretty good at
visualizing how something will look, but your clients may not be.
You can download VRML readers at http://ca.com/cosmo/ and
It is a similar type of thing. I don't know the technical differences, but
VRML lets you rotate about all three axes, not just spin it in place. VRML
is a little harder to use, but you can see the bottom and top of the work,
not just the sides.
Thanks. My interest is more than casual. My best friend in college
(1977-82) wrote (as far as we know) the world's first 3D parametric plotter.
We spent many long hours between 12:00 am and 5:00 am on the college's
mainframe computer, when clock cycles were much easier to get. ;-)
VRML == <V>irtual <R>eality <M>arkup <L>anguage.
A "portable" specification for describing 3-dimensional space, the
objects in it, the 'viewpoint' of the observer, *and* the ability
to manipulate all of those things -- both via automation (as in 'animation'),
or manually/interactively. Appropriate 'viewer' software required.
The technology is *gross*overkill* for virtually all woodworking projects.
It'd be justified for something that would be considered a 'sculpture-like'
Or, something like the cover art on the book "Goedel, Escher, Bach", which
which is a carved cube of wood. lit (square on to the face), from one axis
the shadow is the letter 'G', from the second axis, the letter 'E', and from
the third access, the letter 'B'. It's an _interesting_ construction problem.
Wonder what he'd charge to do a VRML of Escher's "Waterfall". <grin>
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