123D's first weekly challenge has begun - Steal Public Art

We've extended the challenge deadline! It's now ending August 5th, 2012.
For more information and links to the Catch
software and tutorials,
please head over here.

Head out and use 123D Catch to steal some interesting pieces of public art! What is Catch? It's free software that allows you to turn photos into 3D models. You can download it for PC, use the iPad app, or run it in your web browser. For more information about the software, please check out our youtube page for tutorials and demos!

1 grand prize winner will win a Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D Digital Camera and a print of their winning model! 20 runner up winners will win prints of their winning models!

To enter, follow these steps:

  1. go out and get an excellent Catch of your favorite piece of public art
  2. upload your creation to the 123D gallery anytime between July 9th and August 5th, 2012
  3. tag your model with "public art" and tell us a little about it! We love stories.

For more information (including complete rules because those are very important!), explanation and inspiration,
be sure to check out our official contest page!

Please note: this contest is now open to residents of the 50 United States (including the District of Columbia but excluding Puerto Rico), Canada (excluding the province of Quebec, Canada), United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, China, the Netherlands, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, India, Norway, and Switzerland... though we would still love to see what everyone else can catch!

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tumidaj4 years ago
Nice page, thank you...
canida5 years ago
Hi guys! Yes, shiny/reflective surfaces screw up the software - my favorite example of this so far has been the "exploding head" effect on the top of a bald coworker's head model. So shiny art + tons of sun is problematic; you may need to come back on a cloudy day, or better yet convince a flock of pigeons to help make the statue less shiny. :) 

For additional tips and tricks check out the official software tutorials here, early-adopter tips/tricks here (back when it was still Project Photofly), and in-the-trenches observations from a MakerBot/Met museum hackathon here.  Hopefully that should help.  

I look forward to the day that the software is indistinguishable from magic, but I'm willing to put a bit of effort into monkeying around to get a free photo-real 3D model.  YMMV.
makendo canida5 years ago
In fairness, 200-odd photos and several hours of fiddling *is* a bit of effort. YMMV. I mostly just think that you've picked a tough first assignment - with public art you've rarely got control over the lighting, presence of people, access to all angles, etc. As a 3D noob, I think I will wait until the "Steal a small matte object from your dining room table" competition rolls around...
jessyratfink (author)  makendo5 years ago
I admit HUGE pieces of public art are really hard. I've got lots that didn't work out. Doing things outside on a cloudy day helps immensely, but that's not always possible.

And we'll be doing a challenge like that at some point! I'm really wanting to do action figures and toys later down the line.
Since this was the first 123 challenge ever, you should have tried creating a public art capture first, then post it as an example.
jessyratfink (author)  lime3D5 years ago
I do have quite a few and more that I'm editing now. You can see them here:


I've been sharing lots of tutorials/examples/etc through the 123D blog and facebook pages, but not as much here - it's a little trickier to reach a big audience! I am starting to do instructables over how to use the software, though.

Here is the first of many:

There are definitely lots of things that need to be changed to make these challenges successful and I'm working toward it! The first challenge/contest is always the hardest because it's where you make ALL the mistakes. :P
fjordcarver5 years ago
Hey! I managed to edit mine down!!! And find the link to it afterwards!
Not perfect, but not bad for 23 shots, the area where it is most broken, I couldn't properly reach, and there was a strong silouette effect from the sun.
Good first try, if not a little frustrating! I am impressed with the software that the software is running on, interfacing needs work, but feedback'll help.


Thanks @jessyratfink for all her patience and help
(I'll chatter the ear off of a head of corn, and she was really nice about it all)
found the new address,
but it looks like just an image is there now, I do not get this.
Oh I feel for you... lol...

Now I know why I didn't go ahead with this challenge... Its too challenging...
I am not sure whether or not I have tagged mine correctly. public and art come up as two seperate tags. rather than public art, should it be public-art or publicart?
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