In previous instructables I showed how to make a 3D Nomad Space Probe out of cardboard using a laser cutter and out of plastic using 3D printing. Taking it to the next level, this instructable shows how to make a 3D Nomad Space Probe in augmented reality.
I made this at TechShop.
Step 1: Materials
Step 2: Create the 3D Model With Autodesk Inventor
Step 3: Install the Augment 3D App on Your Device
Step 4: Add the Model to the Augment Web Site
- Open the home page of the Augment web site using your web browser.
- Register with Augment by providing a user name, email address and choosing a password as shown in the first screenshot.
- After you've registered, start the process of adding your model by clicking on the "Add your 1st Model" button on the welcome page. See second screenshot.
On the "Add a Model" screen (shown in the third and fourth screenshots):
- Enter a name for your model
- Use the "Choose File" button next to the "Upload a Model" to select your STL file.
- If you have a thumbnail image of your model you can upload it using the "Choose File" option under "Add a Thumbnail"
- Select whether you want your model to be private or public using the "Privacy" pull down.
- Set the dimensions that you want your model to be in augmented reality under "Set Dimensions"
- Provide a short description of your model in the text box under "Describe your Model"
- You can optionally provide a link to a web page about you or your model under "Link to Web Page"
- Provide some keywords so when people search they can find your model.
- Lastly, if you have a product ID or SKU for your model you can enter that information.
- Click the "Upload Model" to upload your STL file, the thumbnail, and the information about your model.
Step 5: Print a Augmented Reality Marker
To print the tracker:
- Open the home page of the Augment web site.
- On the bottom left of the page click on "Print Tracker" as shown in the first screenshot.
- There are several sizes of trackers available to print as shown on the second, third, and fourth screenshots. For large models, I use the Big Tracker, for small models I use the Medium or Pocket Tracker. Click the "Print" button next to tracker you want to print your tracker.
Step 6: Generate Flash Code for the Model
Step 7: Launch Augment and Load Model
Note: Since the time I captured the Augment applications screens on my iPod Touch for this instructable, Augment updated the application so the screens are a bit different but the process is still basically the same.