We all know fire hydrants belong to the streets, but how about bringing a cardboard one to your home?

This instructable is going to show how to make your own cardboard fire hydrant step by step using 123D Catch. 

What you need:
123D Catch, which is software made by Autodesk that you can download as an app. (http://www.123dapp.com/catch)
Meshmixer, another Autodesk program that is used to clean up your catch. (http://www.meshmixer.com/)
123D Make, also free software by Autodesk. (http://www.123dapp.com/make)
One sheet of cardboard (18"x24")
Laser Cutter

Step 1: Catch the Fire Hydrant

Start by downloading the software and take the (approx) 40 photos of the object from different angles. I try to circle my object from different heights to create as correct catch as possible. Be sure to also photograph all undercuts properly, that seems to be where many catches fail.
I really like the idea, but to be perfectly honest, it doesn't look like a fire hydrant at first glance. You might want to feed higher contrast pictures from more angles into the program.
In order to a have a clean catch, you'll need to take up to 40 images with 123D Catch from many angles possible. Later you may play with Meshmixer to shape your object as you desire.
I know that, I've caught things before. Just saying that your hydrant final product doesn't absolutely scream HYDRANT. Maybe make it a bit larger, or catch a more angular hydrant?

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