Vocaloid characters are hugely popular the world over. It seems like everyone loves them. Of course, the most popular character among fans is Hatsune Miku. However, many also support the Megpoid image character, GUMI. Using 3D data created by Mamama, an extremely active creator on MikuMikuDance, fans can make GUMI move precisely on point with any dance they choose.
If this cute GUMI were to leap out of her software and you were able to see her smiling face right next to you at any time, what would you do? We aren’t just talking about a 2D or 3D virtual model, but an actual 3D model you can stare at from every angle.
This 3D character wrapped in a crystal cube was a huge hit when it was first shown at last year’s “GUMI Birthday Festival 2012”. Making use of Mamama’s 3D GUMI data, the character was recreated inside a crystal block using laser etching, or maybe it would be better to say a lasering technique using minute dots. The dot details and the life-like gradations make the quality especially magnificent. Mamama actively participated in this product, from initially designing the model to supervising its creation. No wonder why GUMI looks so cute. The clarity of the crystal is also high, so much so that GUMI appears to be floating inside the crystal. As opposed to common crystal used in objects like wine glasses that contains 24% lead, the crystal used in this product is a special type of crystal called K9-A, which is composed of 9% potassium. This type of crystal was used due to it being the optimal type of crystal for creating 3D laser art.
The actual product was created by KingOfEvilCave. When talking about digital fabrication using 3D data, what most often comes to mind is either a 3D printer or a 3D plotter. However, using these machines, it’s not possible to create such an intricate design completely suspended in a 3D space. Though, if it’s laser etching of a crystal, it’s possible to modify the coordinates to include any number of layers, which can result in highly intricate details. Using this method, the degree of expression which the creator is able to achieve is remarkably high. Even when talking to KingOfEvilCave about his techniques, ideas for future products keep flowing out. The ideas are endless on how these techniques can be used, and we can’t wait to see what exclusive work he creates next!
Two versions of this 3D GUMI crystal block have been made. The bigger version features GUMI in a cute pose flashing the number three in commemoration of her third anniversary, as well as writing on the left side. This version has a height of 150mm, length of 130mm, and depth of 80mm. It also weighs in at a hefty 4 kg! The smaller version has a rectangular shape with a height of 80mm, and a length and depth of 50mm. This one is the perfect size to display on top of your desk. Don’t you want one?
The quality of the crystal and the design of GUMI makes it look like she is living inside the cube. Unfortunately, you can’t touch her, but in this case, seeing her is more than enough! GUMI looks amazing from any angle, but most of all, her cute smile radiates from within the crystal! One look at her and it’s hard not to smile back!
This is the bigger version. The clearness of the crystal makes GUMI look like an optical illusion. When we lifted it up, we were surprised at how heavy it is.
The crystal feels just as you would expect by looking at it. It’s interesting how even though it’s very detailed, you can still see through it.
This isn’t a doppelganger of GUMI, it’s a 3D representation made up of tiny polyhedrons. Even from this view it’s, fun to look at.
This is the smaller size. It’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but it too has some weight. so you don’t have to worry about it falling over.
When looked at from the top, you can see the amazing detail in the hair and sunglasses!
This is a prototype model with a dark interior. It looks amazing lit up!