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Creating a 3D Volumetric Animation for the VX1 using Blender

Over the past few months, we have had so many people ask how they can create eye-catching content that could be displayed on the new Voxon VX1 volumetric display and whether Blender can be used to display images and animations on the VX1. We thought we would make a number of video tutorials to help explain some of the answers to the questions being asked.

In this tutorial, Gavin shows you how to export a series of frames of animation from Blender, and then display that animation on the Voxon Photonics VX1 volumetric display.

Blender is a free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline – modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing and game creation. If you are familiar with Blender and creating models and / or animations, then this tutorial is perfect for you. You will learn how to make these models and animations available for viewing on the VX1.

If you are new to 3D animations or are using other 3D software then hopefully this tutorial points you in the right direction on where to learn to create amazing 3D animations with Blender and then how to display this content onto the Voxon VX1 volumetric display.

Here’s Gavin’s video tutorial and the links in the tutorial are provided below. Please feel free to comment on the video or the blog post below.

Blender can be found here: https://www.blender.org/

In this tutorial, we use a cloth physics demonstration. The video tutorial on how to create this animation can be found at http://www.littlewebhut.com/blender/ . The first time Gavin watched and followed this tutorial to create the cloth physics demo using Blender, it took him about an hour. After a few practice goes however, he could do it in 15 minutes. So, depending on your level of expertise in using Blender, it shouldn’t take you to long to work through some of the Blender tutorials.

The animation we used is about 250 frames long and we export each of those frames as an STL file. To do this we first need to install a free script that you can download from LittleWebHut here https://goo.gl/WkNX4F

If you already have created animations in Blender or you find one on a content sharing site such as Blendswap, then you can use these animations and learn how to export the animations to be displayed on the VX1. See what we did with Game Of Thrones here: https://voxon.co/winter-game-thrones-title-sequence-hologram/

The Voxon VX1 Software Developer Kit (SDK) can be downloaded here: https://voxon.co/developer-kit . A sample info.ini file (mentioned in the video) is included in the SDK. You can use the simulator in the SDK to see what your animation would look like on the VX1 even if you do not own a VX1, however in the video tutorial, Gavin also outlines how to display the animation on the Voxon VX1 volumetric display.

Thanks for watching and again, please comment on the video or the blog post below. We will post a number of short tutorials over the coming weeks so stay tuned.

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