Each loci is a unique 3D printed sculpture bespoke to someone’s flights spurring recollection, reflection and conversation about their travels.

It is a working prototype made for my final project while studying at CIID. I am not releasing the software yet as we are aiming to include loci directly in an iPhone app I co-created called Flying. A big part of the app, is the ability to track one’s flights, so it would be fantastic to be able to create a loci directly from whithin Flying!

Through custom software built in Max/MSP, the user is able to select specific flights that matter to them, such as a honey moon, a summer vacation through Europe or all of their flights from a given year. To ease this process, the user can connect to Tripit or Foursquare and import their past flight data automatically.

Each loci comes with a card highlighting on a map all the airports flown to. The sculpture can be placed on this card to help visualize their travels. Additional information is displayed on the card, such as the title chosen by the user, the total distance travelled, the number of airports visited, and the number of flights taken.

The software generates a file suitable for 3D printing, so that the user can either print it themselves or use a service like Shapeways that prints for them.

Thanks to Brian Rink for being my advisor for the project and Sterling Crispin for helping me figure out some programming issues I had. And of course everyone that helped me along the way!

25 Responses to “loci – 3D Printed Sculptures From Your Flights {+ tangible}”  

  1. 1 Nathan Lively

    Very cool.

  2. 2 Andrew Spitz

    Cheers, Nathan!

  3. 3 Lev David

    Beautiful, Andrew!

  4. 4 Andrew Spitz

    Thanks, Lev. When it’s out, we could make you one for your honeymoon trip 😉

  5. 5 Yoji

    Hello, I absolutely love this idea! I am getting married this summer and there will be people flying in from all over the world. I have been trying to find something awesome to display all the travels at the wedding. Is there any chance one of this could be made for our wedding? Thank you in advance for contacting me!

  6. 6 Andrew Spitz

    Hi Yoji, glad you like loci! Your idea is a cool application for it. Pop me an email andrew [at] soundplusdesign [dot] com so I can get a better idea of what you have in mind and see if it’s feasible.

  7. 7 leo

    hi andrew, looks really cool! i’d love to know how you implemented the 3D into Max and stuff..so is there a “making of” planned? 😉 cheers

  8. 8 Andrew Spitz

    Hey Leo!

    Glad you like it 🙂 I have no “making of” planned, apart from the part of the video where I show the front-end side of things and how the 3D printing isdone. Not very enlightening, but cool to check out if you’ve never seen it. BUT, if you check out this forum post, I got all the info I needed (with some extra help) to go from Max to a 3D printable file.

  9. 9 Sterling Crispin

    @leo @andrew

    I’ve been working between Max and 3D prints for about a year and I’m going to do some Vimeo tutorials soon stay tuned


  10. 10 Andrew Spitz

    Can’t wait, Sterling! Please let me know when it’s ready!

  11. 11 Leo

    Great Sterling i’m excited. I’d also love to find and hear more about spicing up the look of the presentation mode or just how to give it a “less-max”ish look if needed(no offense to max).i’m looking at you again,andrew 🙂

  12. 12 Michael

    I’ll make this with wire.

  13. 13 Andrew Spitz

    One of my early prototypes was made of wire. It looked nice. If you do one, please send a pic over!

  14. 14 Mike Skalnik

    Any idea when this will be released for others? Will ya open source it? This is totally awesome and I want to play with it 🙂

  15. 15 Andrew Spitz

    Hi Mike! Hopefully we can get it into the app, Flying! Not sure when that would be by, but if we do it then it will hopefully not be in too long. Cheers 🙂

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