Join Kacie Hultgren for an in-depth discussion in this video What you need to know, part of 3D Scanning with a Camera.
- Getting started with 123D Catch is easy, and you won't need any previous experience with 3D scanning to start this course. Now I'll be using an iPad with 123D Catch app for the scanning process, but the app is nearly identical on the iPhone and pretty similar on Android devices as well. You can head to the Apple App Store or Google Play to download the app for your device. If you don't have a tablet or a smartphone, you can also use any digital camera to take your photos instead.
The final steps of this course use a 3D printer to reproduce the 3D scan. I'll go through two printing options. For the first option, you'll need access to a desktop filament-based 3D printer like a MakerBot or a Printrbot, or really any other brand. To complete this part of the course, you should have experience using this type of printer, but if you need more help, you can look to my course Getting Started with MakerBot 3D Printers for more detailed instruction. Now if you don't have access to a desktop printer, you can choose to print with a 3D printing service like Shapeways instead.
I'll show you how to use Photoshop to touch up and prepare your scan for upload. For this segment of the course, basic experience with Photoshop is helpful, but not required. Looking for more background information about 3D printing and 3D scanning? My course Up and Running with 3D Printing has lessons on both to augment the chapters in this course.
- Choosing the right subject
- Taking photos
- Tips for capturing a great scan
- Processing your scan with 123D Catch
- Repairing a scan with Meshmixer
- Touching up UV maps with Photoshop
- Preparing a file for 3D printing
- Uploading files to Shapeways for printing