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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Real Utah teapots

The "Utah teapot" is an iconic 3D graphics model made by hand measurement of Martin Newell's teapot in 1975 so it is now a 40 year old model!   It became so popular mainly because Utah distributed it on the internet (Utah was the 4th site on the ArpaNet so they were already used to it) and so it was the only model most people had for some time.   The real teapot is on display in Mountain View and details can be found at wikipedia.   Because the teapot was manufactured, you can get one of its cousins.   They are occassionally for sale on ebay and come in two sizes, as this screenshot from an ebay listing at the time of this writing shows shows (it is selling the big one for $119 and searching for "Melitta Teapot" will show various types including some of the right shape when you are lucky):

I am guessing the smaller teapot is the size of the "real" teapot but I don't know (Newell was a married grad student at the time, and it was pre-Grande size drinks).

Here's the one I own, with some money for scale:

My real agenda for this post is to ask who has the best model for the teapot?   The classic one is not solid and I know many people have done solid models, but I don't know where to get them.


Ian Mallett said...

Do you want the model I made last year? It's a solid .obj. Only one LOD though; same order-of-magnitude polycount to glutSolidTeapot.

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Laura Lediaev said...

I have the model (in OBJ format) that I created for the rendering contest, which is the short version. I made it through trial and error so unfortunately the UV map is messed up along some of the seams (I accidentally merged the discontinuous UVs). It tool me around 30 hours to make, so I'm hesitant to try to recreate it with proper UVs, but it's something that needs to be done eventually.


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Peter Shirley said...

I want both of those! Thanks Laura and Ian. LODs and uvs don't matter to me-- I am oversampling a lot for antialiasing and I wont be texturing it (it's white!). I'll grab from that link Laura. Ian any way I can get yours works for me.

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Jared M Johnson said...

This purchasable faceted version is really cool, but 300 euros:


Dries Verbruggen said...

Apart from the one in ceramic mentioned above, we also made a solid 3d printable model you can download for free. It's not faceted though: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:918