The underground parking of the building was transformed in a share of 50% into a production workshop and the CNC Router shall be positioned here, with a useful surface for generating models of approximately 2/3 meters with the possibility to work in 4 axes and with multiple wood cutting instruments with automated exchange, MDF or nonferrous metals. An area for cooperating with the business environment is that of the industrial and product design, through the possibility to generate mock-ups 1:1 or to develop virtual presentations. The CNC router allows, by dividing in shares of 10X0.3X2.m any final size of the product through the said modules. The equipment can be primarily used to generate objects of the set and projection surfaces in the studio and outdoor areas
A computerized set can be generated in the laboratory, from the project stage until the development of the projection surfaces or of the objects of the set, with the possibility to utilize them in the areas of the Laboratory for Digital Interaction or in the performance and filming areas of the university, as well as in the studio or outdoor type of areas. With the support of the 3D printer, high resolution objects shall be attained either as props or rubber masks or mock-up elements or high resolution prototypes. The technology utilized by the 3D printer is injection in an imaging paper.
The options to use the digital capture and processing equipment in the other CINETic laboratories give the possibility to develop unique creations and research which rely on capture (filming of taking pictures) of real set elements (buildings, objects etc.) and to integrate them in virtual areas after their computerized operation. The impact on the spectacular creations can have an immediate nature.
The potential of the laboratory is that of facilitating the research work of at least 10 researchers and post-graduate students, internal and external.
Together with the digital techniques, traditional techniques shall be utilized, a permanent research topic being a mix of creation techniques.
Important research topics shall be developed in collaboration with the post-graduate students and researchers in the field of educational sciences and social communication, in collaboration with the Laboratory for cognitive development and applied psychology through immersive experiences. The educational strategies which rely on interactive images designed for children from the disadvantaged areas or for those with personal development issues shall find a solution by means of inter-disciplinary research.
Within the Laboratory for Virtual Sets Design and Augmented Reality research and educational programs shall be developed in order to develop virtual sets on different types of surfaces, from traditional screens, digital screens or non-conventional screens, to specially designed surfaces.
The research directions are:
– development of immersive 3D and 2D scenarios, with direct visualization or based on optic systems (e.g. polarization glasses);
– developing virtual scenarios on unconventional surfaces;
– human – computer interaction and generating the movement of real and virtual objects through the interaction with the human being;
– techniques for graphic computerized art in various mediums;
– augmented reality technologies.
The Studio for Virtual Sets Design and Augmented Reality utilizes the capabilities of the digital interaction studio and has the following main endowments:
– computers to generate virtual sets;
– 3D scanner;
– 3D printer, CNC ROUTER.
Within the research projects several techniques can be developed for working with the purchased equipment by integrating in the virtual decorum, the elements for motion capture through sensors, as well as the real interpreters.
The objective of the Laboratory for Virtual Sets Design and Augmented Reality is that of generating new techniques and innovative supports in order to develop virtual sets which aim to create reliable and accessible immersive techniques and which would increase the characteristic of virtual illustration.
The mission of the Laboratory is to generate new techniques, as well as to make these techniques accessible to the specialists and students, at the level of the general public, consumer and user.