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123D-4P is a process and materials exploration of the 123D Catch app. The "4P" in 123D-4P stands for photography, ponder, process and prototyping. This Instructable is not quite a set of instructions, but more a documentation of my experiment. I plan on catching many items with hopes of generating some funky objects.

Catch is revolutionary because it allows for people to easily generate 3D models of objects that would be difficult to build in conventional modeling software. Food, for instance, can be caught, modeled and output.123D Catch is not just a modeling tool, but it is also graphics tool. It has its own aesthetic: a smoothing of textures, distortion, and cool color-cast. Since 123D catch allows for the user to upload around 20-50 images of their object, there is a lot of room for discrepancy in form. Maybe its the lighting situation, the shadows or the backdrop that obscures the form? The 123D-4P experiment is a celebration of the weird imagery that Catch creates. I know that the software was designed to work seamlessly with digital images, but I'm going to make it harder for myself and use alternative methods of photography. I will make scans, renderings, pin-hole shots, flash photography with disposable cameras, images of shadows, and other techniques to experiment with 123D Catch. 


*Animated Gifs were excessively used in the making of this presentation. 

 
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Step 1: Scanning

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First, I tried scanning. It was difficult using the computer while my hand was in the flat-bed! I did approximately 40 scans, hoping it would be sufficient for a solid Catch.

Step 2: Scanning: Hand

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A sampling of my scans. 

Step 3: Scanning: Results

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The scans of my hand were not as effective as I had hoped for creating a 3D model. Though the image mapped nicely on the surface of the mesh, there is little dimension to the form. The next step is to scan in a darker room, it might make it easier for the software to understand the spacial context of the images. 
chipper351 year ago
This is interesting.......but u might re-work the title. With some random letters as the title, it definetely helps confuse the matter.
I'm not sure if putting a patterned backing on your scanner will help, I think catch expects to see the relationship between an object and its surrounding not change. This is the reason taking pics with a lazy susan is not a good idea.
ckippen (author)  amandaghassaei2 years ago
Yes, you are definitely right. I wanted to see if maybe I could trick it or generate some strange forms. So far, it seems that a disposable camera with flash is the best alternative method for making a catch.