Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Feb 2008 21:27 UTC
3D News, GL, DirectX "As anyone who is into 3D computer graphics knows, there is something mysterious and special about The Teapot. It's not just any teapot - it's 'the' teapot. The teapot was made by Melitta in 1974 and originally belonged to Martin Newell and his wife, Sandra - who purchased it from ZCMI, (a department store in Salt Lake City). The teapot was eventually donated to the Boston Computer Museum but now resides in the Ephemera collection of the Computer History Museum. It's cataloged as 'Teapot used for Computer Graphics rendering' and bears the catalog number X00398.1984."
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by renhoek on Wed 27th Feb 2008 21:43 UTC
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the teapot is ideal for testing, and they included it also in glut. that is one of the main reasons it's so often used (see glutSolidTeapot). and 3ds also has it as a "primitive".

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RE: glut
by eggs on Thu 28th Feb 2008 03:14 UTC in reply to "glut"
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My first big graphics program in my graphics class was a dancing teapot (with color changing lights) in glut ;)

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by Dryhte on Wed 27th Feb 2008 22:09 UTC
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Sadly, more than half of the links on that page are dead. I was interested in all of them, though. Long live computer archaeology ;)

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Very interesting...
by thavith_osn on Thu 28th Feb 2008 08:49 UTC
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I've always wondered about the history of this teapot. I heard it by the name "Utah Teapot", now I know why :-)

I am still learning a lot about 3D stuff and OpenGL, but found the teapot very useful...

Thanks for the history, very interesting...

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Ah, the teapot!
by DeadFishMan on Thu 28th Feb 2008 13:25 UTC
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When I was starting to get involved with 3D CGI in the early nineties using 3D Studio for DOS and TOPAS I saw the teapot for the first time. Initially I thought that it was as uninspiring as an object can get for reference for 3D modelers but later I learned that the teapot was so famous because it had lots of attributes that were hard to model during the early years of computer generated 3D imagery.

It was so popular that 3DSMax even had a teapot primitive on its toolbox and most beginners tutorials included the teapot to demonstrate lightning, texturing and a few other things (don't know if that's still true as I haven't used that app in years).

Even for someone who already has a head start on 3D modeling, it can be somewhat challenging to model it and I believe that I saw it as an exercise in certain 3D modeling classes out there.

Man, what a trip down Memory Lane... Thanks, Thom!

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The last Platonic Solid
by komrade on Thu 28th Feb 2008 17:13 UTC
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True CG geeks will remember the SIGGRAPH in 1989 when the five basic solid geometric forms proven by the ancient Greeks was extended from five to six. The historical solids, the cube, dodecahedron, icosahedron, octahedron, and tetrahedron were augmented by the most recent discovery, the Teapotahedron.

It was a discovery greeted with much enthusiasm by all, with the teapotahedron being famous ever since.

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by dmrio on Thu 28th Feb 2008 21:49 UTC
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Good ol'BeOS days... :-)

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