Introduction: EASY Kinect 3D Scanner!

Hey Instructables community! 

In this instructable I will instruct you how to make a DIY 3d scanner using an XBOX-360 Kinect! This instructable is very easy as long as you are patient and follow my instructions in the video. Also, I explain how to correct and fix your image for a nice clean print on a 3D printer such as the UP. The best part, the project is free as long as you have a kinect.

The links for the downloads from the video:
GPU update from Nvidia:
inect software download from reconstrucme:
Netfabb cloud STL repair:

I am entering this contest to help others learn how to easily 3D scan items or people using the Kinect. When I first tried to accomplish this, I spent DAYS trying to figure out how to install the software and run it correctly. So, I created this instructable to easily show someone how to install the software correctly without error. Also, I am 14 years old saving up money for a 3D printer. I have been a maker / hacker since I was little and I have been dreaming of owning a 3D printer for YEARS! Please vote for me to help make my dream come true.

God bless.


famfilho made it! (author)2016-09-18

Hello Toddie123, I'm looking to build my own scan using your DYI, but I wonder if I could use the Kinetic MS Xbox one Sensor in place of the Kinetic 360 Sensor. You can??

If so, what are the advantages of I use it?


Have a nice week!

luftbuefel made it! (author)luftbuefel2017-03-27

I hear you can use the XBox One Kinect but that you may need an additional adapter. I have heard nothing about it being better than using the 360 version though.

mindwave made it! (author)2017-02-10

anyone know why I get the error "youre not allowed to see this" when I try and download? My membership is current....

rfitzgerald made it! (author)2016-08-18

The video is probably blocked in several countries because of the background music being copyrighted.
Some suggestions from the video (I'm a IT technician), don't worry about doing the graphics driver update through device manager, just checking the nvidia website would override the first update check anyway. In most cases the driver already installed on most people's computers would do the job even if it's out of date. Also, the nvidia GPU isn't a firm requirement as it will work with any make and model of GPU that supports OpenCL.
That's just some suggestions anyway which would cut down the time needed to accomplish the project :)
I will soon be completing this project myself so when I get around to it I will post my experiences in the comments

NorToTheWood made it! (author)2016-05-03

I tried getting the video, says it's blocked because of copyright issues. Can you repost? Thanks!

ferqui2140 made it! (author)2016-04-23

Good luck !

and the force ist with you !

guga.casari made it! (author)2015-05-01

would you have this video somewhere else (Youtube)? For some reason i cannot access it from Brazil...

HENRIQUENETO made it! (author)HENRIQUENETO2016-01-04

Experimente instalar o tor browser para acessar.

AdamI1 made it! (author)2015-10-02

Hi, I was wondering, how good is the resolution on a scan with kinect 2?

Seen on the net that it has 0,051 mm so 51 microns. Is that true in ur opinion?

xcwiz187 made it! (author)2015-03-15

Hi Toddie:
Regarding Scanners, loks like the Artec Eva and Spider are the best scanners out there but are very overpriced at round $15,000 each.
Seems like a close second and at a fraction of the cost ($200) is the MS Kinect v2 for Windows (Kv2W) scanner.
To perform a full body scan in under 30 seconds, it would be great if someone who's reading this blog could to write an API to simultaneously scan with two Kv2W scanners using as an example Artec Studio 9, or MS 3D builder.
An API for 3D builder is probably easier to write for since MS is giving both the program and the SDK free. One thing I must say about 3D builder that I don 't like is that they limit the 3D printers you can print to.
Any comments to the community that you would like to share I'm sure I'll be appreciated .

mustbme made it! (author)2015-01-21

Thanks to original poster. Video without background music that got in removed from youtube.

bamseline made it! (author)2014-10-17

Video no longer available?

JoshuaJ made it! (author)2014-09-28

I have a Davinvi 3d printer, I am 15 years old and wanting to sell it. It's in great condition and works great, but I want to upgrade. Shoot me an email at if anyone is interested

gizmos`ng made it! (author)2014-09-25

i hope you get the 3d printer you deserve

ChristianK1 made it! (author)2014-08-30

Excellent instructions. Thank you for sharing! I'm wondering if this also works for other graphics other than Nvidia? Thanks again for your help.

edee3 made it! (author)2014-05-26

Hi toddie good job little man.. very impressive work, excellent instructions and video editing.

Hope you get the best 3D printer out there, you totally deserve it. GOD bless!!

streetlordz2011 made it! (author)2014-04-11

hi toodles123,

i used the artec studio 9.2 software. it provides a 15 day trial. it is very good for scanning people as well as objects.
any possibility of you providing a cracked version of the same?
coz i woudnt be able to afford the paid version.

another software i found was shapify. it is simply excellent for making selfie 3d models. but that can only be printed through shapify.

is there a chance i could get a cracked version of artec studio 9.2? that would solve everythingg..... :)

streetlordz2011 made it! (author)2014-02-04

i followed your instructions but then i came through a problem..
when i open reconstruct me it says
any suggestions on how i can tackle this?

toddie123 made it! (author)toddie1232014-02-23

Hi streetlordz2011,

I am going to create an instructable in a couple of weeks as ReconstructMe has made their software pay ware and their free version crap. So I am going to find another way to 3d scan. STAY TUNED!!!

streetlordz2011 made it! (author)streetlordz20112014-04-06

Hi toodles123

any updates on ur work for a replacement to this?

i tried myself aswell but nothing worked to satisfactory levels.

george92 made it! (author)2014-03-30

hi, anyone have idea about some literature with topics of 3D scan?

MovieMaker made it! (author)2014-03-08

hi, I tried this procedure many times and it would not work for me. Have you got a copy of any of the old versions of reconstruct me? we can just use the old ones. I agree. The unpaid versions are crap. I am retired and on fixed income. I don't have the pleasure of spending money like I used to when I was working. You did a fine job on this tutorial.

dsmjunkie made it! (author)2014-02-09

can anyone help me to get my 360 Kinect to work..i bought a new laptop..just to use with my 3d printer..for the life of me I can not get it to work

toddie123 made it! (author)toddie1232014-02-23

Hi dsmjunkie- I am currently working out a new way to get the scanner to work as the software has changed since this instruct able was made. Stay tuned and i should have a instruct able soon.

streetlordz2011 made it! (author)streetlordz20112014-02-24

Toodie 123,
Do try the softwares skanect and scenect. They are good.

streetlordz2011 made it! (author)2014-02-04

i followed all your instructions but then i get an error of sensor update failed.
any possible solution to my problem??

mortenholck made it! (author)2014-01-20

Very nice young man !

menglor made it! (author)2013-11-04

So I watched this video, and I am thinking this is one heck of a scanner. Thanks tons. But I would like to pick your brain since your further into the "Scanning Scene" then me.

Have you looked into any solution for scanning smaller items? like 1" x 1" x 1"or smaller? what have you found. what do you recommend for the DIY,

I guess this goes out to anyone. This is great for scanning dull size peeps. but what if you want to scan an Action figure?

nesikachad made it! (author)2013-09-29


Young man first I want to say thanks for posting this up. Very cool. I own a firearms manufacturing compamy and your tutorial helped me scan rifle stocks made by someone else so that I can machine them from wood (or make a mold for composites) using multi axis cnc machining centers. Its a nut ive tried to crack off and on for a few years now.

Very cool and again thank you.

Chad Dixon
Longrifles, Inc.

haqbany made it! (author)2013-09-20

Thank you for sharing. :-)

astral_mage made it! (author)2013-09-14

well then go check out then look at the directory its a good place to start looking

Paulbacca made it! (author)2013-09-13

This is a great instructable! Thanks for sharing. :-)

JoLoveN made it! (author)2013-09-11

I clicked favorites for this, but it doesn't give me an option to vote for any contests. I'll vote if I can figure out how to. & I'd love a 3d printer too. My daughter would go bonkers for 1. ;-)

toddie123 made it! (author)toddie1232013-09-11

Hi wjustus1, unfortunately the contest has ended :(.

3ddd made it! (author)2013-09-10

Nice job toddie! But I'm still having trouble initializing the Kinect sensor. Although your first step was to remove all the Kinect drivers, reconstructme says the drivers must be installed. I've tried both ways and get the same result. Can you clarify or make suggestions?

ToryDidIT made it! (author)2013-03-21

Congratulations on DOING something for your self !
I just bought the MakerBot 2x replicator.
i have not even recived it yet and I'm searching how to do 3d scans and find your post
you impress me ! I have been an inventor my whole life and have always wanted to make my own lego's so I am finally able to ! Yea !
I will help you print something if you want to try it out. I live in MN but you could email me a design and we can print it.

Good luck on the contest, (i don't know if its over)

toddie123 made it! (author)toddie1232013-03-24

Thank you very much for the comment and complements! Using the kinect 3d scanner it can be hard to scan little Lego pieces although, there was a project done that used a pair if cheap reading glasses to scan smaller items but since the software is open source, you have to modify the code :(. I need all the votes I can get so if you are willing to help, please share my instructable and vote for me to help me pursue my making carrier. On a side note; there is a good book to read called "Makers". It's about how inventors are becoming entrepreneurs through the revolution of 3-D printing. Thanks again!

ssgsteiner made it! (author)ssgsteiner2013-09-08

great instructable .I have an adapter for my Kinect for small rooms, snaps on to the face of the Kinect. that may help the quality on large items but think you would need to reverse the lens for small items.

toddie123 made it! (author)toddie1232013-09-09

Hi ssgsteiner! I am looking into those meathods as my original intentions were to scan smaller items. I gues the adaptor may work but if your cheap like I am, you can get cheater glasses at a dollar store. One drawback is that you have to manually calibrate it. When I figure that out I will post an instructable. Thanks!

eblackman1 made it! (author)2013-09-08

props kid.

russellbrown made it! (author)2013-09-07

Excellent tutorial, very concise and well done!

toddie123 made it! (author)toddie1232013-09-08

Thank You!

Halphinian made it! (author)2013-09-07

can it scan a 360 degrees object, or just scan the front of something?

toddie123 made it! (author)toddie1232013-09-08

HI Ouranos! Yes it can scan in 360 degrees. If you watch the whole video you see that I turn but the rear of my body was cut off. I am unsure why that happened but that only happened once. So yes it can scan 360 degreese

awent0428 made it! (author)2013-09-06

I might try it. Good luck on the contest and getting a 3d printer! :)

toddie123 made it! (author)2013-08-25

They both have their pros and cons. I laser scanner is usually better for medium to smaller items as it gathers much more detail but with bigger items, it may have a harder time doing. the kinect is great for bigger items but has a hard time with smaller items.

woomyse made it! (author)2013-07-31

Toddie123; Thank you for the ible. Playing with this on the weekend! I would love a 3D printer too!

kkeras made it! (author)2013-04-11

You might want to learn about crowd funding as a means to raising funds for your printer. Take a look at


steampunk68 made it! (author)2013-04-03

You say you want a 3d printer google a6 lt 3d printer cheapest I have found and am waiting for it to arrive its a PLA printer looks good :)
Thanks for this post it's wikid :)

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Bio: Hey instructables, I'm Todd and I'm 17 years old from Illinois. My interests are Hacking, making, engineering, programming, teaching, learning, aviation. I love ... More »
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