From Trammell Hudson's Projects

Bust of Sappho

Mesh decimation

I experimented with merging triangles on this 3D scan of the bust of Sappho (thing:105551). It is interesting how it turns into modern almost cubist art as the triangles mesh is simplified.

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This decimation technique also works really well with a pen plotter and hidden wireframe removal.

Wireframe Sappho

Using my STL wireframe tool, I turned the simplified mesh into a set of cylinders. The test print on the Makerbot worked ok.

Bust of Sappho, wireframe stainless steel

The Shapeways print in stainless steel turned out great. You can order your own from shapeways in various materials.