Posts Tagged: 3D

Merlin Garage Remote Housing

I was tasked with fabricating a replacement housing for Merlin M842 remote control for a garage door. Given that the device is most commonly carried on a key chain or thrashed around in a car glovebox, the housing ends up taking a beating with age and a replacement can cost as much as $60 to $90. My goal was to create a competent replacement that would:

  • be user serviceable (accessible battery compartment)
  • have the led indicator visible
  • have a slimmer profile than the original
  • be easy to manufacture using a hobby grade FDM 3D printer
  • and of course I didn’t want to spend too much time working on it

Experiment in photogrammetry

I stumbled upon a music video Chorus by Holly Herndon.
The video features 3D scans of a space using Photogrammetry software like as PhotoScan or 123DCatch.

I wanted to familiarize myself with this technology.
For convenience, I used one of the abundant plasticine abominations we have around Colab as a subject.
The tech itself is nothing complicated in terms of usability. Take lots of static shots of various angles, load them up and you get a point cloud upon processing (of course I imagine the science and maths behind this process is quite complex).
The potential is there to scan real life 3d objects into a virtual space for further digital manipulation, using a regular camera without expensive scanning equipment.

Definitely an awesome technique to have in the quiver of experimental stuff you can do with computers.

I like the digital processing artifacts and loss of data that’s happening here. A sort of glitch aesthetic, which I think it’s more interesting than a perfect 3D scan of a real world thing.