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Translating object specifications into a computer-generated three-dimensional graphic to be reproduced as a high efficiency, reflection photo-polymer hologram suitable for mass-production

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2 Author(s)
Molteni, W. J. ; Polaroid Corporation, 730 Main Street - L. A., Cambridge, Massachusetts 0239, USA ; Small, D.

A process is described for translating the specifications of an object and its interrelationship with another object into a three-dimensional computer graphic and then into a photo-polymer hologram. The capability to translate specifications about objects and their interrelationships into accurate holograms without having to create either a physical model or the manufactured object itself opens exciting possibilities in the areas of creative design and communication. It may assist in the manufacturing process by allowing designers to specify objects and to study accurate, three-dimensional representations of those specifications, including interrelationships with other objects, without the need for an actual physical model. Finally, the hologram may become a means for effective representation of an image produced through the use of three-dimensional computer graphics for people without access to appropriate computer graphics. The process described here was divided into two segments. The MIT Media Lab was responsible for creating a sequence of computer-generated images and transferring those images to film. Polaroid Corporation was responsible for creating the hologram from the images on film.

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IBM Journal of Research and Development  (Volume:33 ,  Issue: 2 )