Technology
Holography is an imaging process that creates a perfect 3D image of an object by recording both the phase and the amplitude of the electromagnetic wave of light. This is achieved via using high powered lasers, that carry the entire set of information of a particular object, to form an interference pattern on a holographic film. This image can then be reconstructed with a light source and seen from different viewing angles. The first, and still most commonly used method is analog holography, whereby the object to be imaged, had to be physically present to create a hologram.
At HoloTech we research and develop digital holography, which is superior to the analog method in every aspect but far more complex. Digital holography allows the creation of a hologram using digital data sources, thus practically any 3D model can be imaged as a hologram. Through our research we managed to overcome several limitations of holography which were crippling the entire industry; we managed to significantly speed up the process, increase image quality, and improve production consistency. As a result, HoloTech developed the first scalable holographic technology that is suitable for commercial applications.
At HoloTech we research and develop digital holography, which is superior to the analog method in every aspect but far more complex. Digital holography allows the creation of a hologram using digital data sources, thus practically any 3D model can be imaged as a hologram. Through our research we managed to overcome several limitations of holography which were crippling the entire industry; we managed to significantly speed up the process, increase image quality, and improve production consistency. As a result, HoloTech developed the first scalable holographic technology that is suitable for commercial applications.
Our proprietary software and machinery have streamlined hologram production for both one-off holograms and large number of copies.
H.1. Master hologram printing machine
The H.1 is based on a complex optical layout involving RGB lasers, mirrors, lens, prisms and other optical elements. A data beam- that carries the data of the computer-generated 3D design- and a reference beam create an interference pattern and record the object/3D model on a photopolymer film forming small holographic elements called ‘Hogels’. This machine is capable of producing Hogels as small as 0,2 x 0,2 mm, with 1024 x 1024 resolution and full colour spectrum. These holograms are full parallax, provide a 120° viewing angle, can be produced in both vertical and horizontal orientations, and are up to 60 cm x 80 cm in size.
R.2. machine - Replication machine
The R.2 is engineered to copy master holograms at high speed, accurately and consistently. It is roll-to-roll design, where a single laser beam is used to record the holograms on photosensitive materials. After the recording, the film goes through a bleaching station to achieve the optimal transparency. This results in holograms that retain all the properties of the master hologram produced by the H.1.
WebScape
WebSacpe is our proprietary software package designed to ensure an efficient workflow. It allows the easy preparation of 3D models for hologram production from a wide variety of 3D formats, thereby significantly reducing the costs and time required of pre-production works. WebScape has two versions: One, as a plug-in for various 3D modelling programs used by professionals. Two, as its own program with a user friendly interface, allowing the easy drag and dropping of pre-made 3D models.
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