Disney researchers unveil an innovative new computational thermoforming process that basically crosses 3D-printing with vacuum forming. “We propose a method to fabricate textured 3D models using thermoforming. Differently from industrial techniques, which target mass production of a specific shape, we propose a combined hardware and software solution to manufacture customized, unique objects. Our method simulates the forming process and converts the texture of a given digital 3D model into a pre-distorted image that we transfer onto a plastic sheet. During thermoforming, the sheet deforms to create a faithful physical replica of the digital model,” according to the research paper. Click here to view the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a bizarre Medusa guitar.