*Updated* 3D scan your head and use it as a chess piece.

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Playing chess (or Monopoly) with your own custom pieces. That is happing right now.
It's awesome, we know, but calm down and follow the instructable since we are talking you trough. 

We are a small industrial design office in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. For over some time now we are experimenting with some cheap and low entry 3D scanning. It all began with that new nifty tool from Autodesk, 123Catch. Off course things didn't work right away but after a couple of good scans we came up with this idea to fix it on a chess piece. 

We go trough 5 steps, some more detailed, some just mentioning. We will credit and redirect to more information in each step so you can follow this intructable with different levels of know-how before you start and still end up with a great result!

Here we go!

*take a look at step 7 for some more fun!*
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Step 1: What do you need?

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What do you need:

-Camera (dslr preferred but not necessary (use a fixed focal length lens if you got one, wide angle = error) 
-Windows pc (you could use a Mac but we advise to use the 123catch offline tool wich isn't around for Mac (yet)).
-Someone to scan


-123Catch (on or offline)

What you want (optional):

-3D modeling software (alternative is to use our stl parts)

-3D Printer (alternative is shapeways or other print service) 

Step 2: How do you take the pictures?

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Taking the pictures for 123catch.

Some tips:

- Work in a order, follow first the cirkels around the object (awesome person), after that take some vertical array shots, and finish of with the detailing.
- Make sure your object isn't wearing his glasses or a cap or something. We will add those later on. 
- Aim on shooting around 70 to 80 pictures.
- Clear diffuse lighting
- Walk around your object, don't turn it (him) around.

More tips? Check this site out.

Any suggestions other than wide focus to get the errors down?

hey that's cool!
Javin0072 years ago
*heh* I particularly like the drawings.
ArchetypeZ2 years ago
Very cool!! I hope they make the 123Catch program for Mac soon. They do seem to have an app for the iPad so maybe I will check that out.
tudgeanator2 years ago
This is so cool. Such an awesome idea!
This is fantastic! Thanks for all the tips for using Catch. :D