How to Teleport! Free 3D Scanning and Cheap 3D Printing!

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Teleportation is awesome. Transporting material instantly from once location to another will change the world. Local bands will have global tours, truck drivers will not have jobs, food wont spoil on shelves while others go hungry, and fewer people will listen to podcasts on their way into work.

Many cultures have their own stories of lightning speed travel, teleportation and apparition. Muslims have the concept of Tay Al Ard, which comes from the words for folding of the earth, to excite them. Geeks have Star Trek's Transporter to inspire and scientsits have been working on teleporting information.

There have even been patents granted to teleportation technologies. Which if you're up for the chalenge, I dare you to try to build this US patent.

We will be talking about a different kind of teleportation. One that is accessible to the average person today (given they have a spare $1,500 or so) and seems poised to change the way we look at physical products. The general idea is to scan an object, turn it into a digital file and send it over the internet to be reproduced elsewhere. This is not as fast as folding the earth, but it's still a speedy way to deliver and iterate.
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Step 1: Materials

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Materials you'll need.
  1. A windows machine
  2. To download and install 123D catch
  3. To download and install Meshmixer
  4. To download and install either Rhinoceros, Blender, or 123D.
  5. A 3D printer. Two "low cost" options are: Makerbot or the UP. If you're up for a kit and are excited by open source businesses go for the Makerbot! If you just want to buy something and get printing go for the UP.
  6. The software necessary for the variety of 3D printer you purchased. Replicator G, Pleasant3D are helpful.
  7. A camera. Any DSLR would be great, but even point and shoots will work.
kondzio292 years ago
thank you
Pfarmkid2 years ago
you could make a mini you
Krayzi993 years ago
If anyone figures out how to make that us patent, make an ible, please!
fidibiri3 years ago
What do you think may work better: leave the model standing and taking pictures moving the camera, or leave the camera steady and rotate the model... it may be the same I guess.. but.. who knows
jjjrhyatt3 years ago
How many shots do I need to take? 7-8, 20-25? Does more pics = better reproduction? Should I try to keep the same level of elevation as I circle the object? Thanks for this instuctable. It should be lots of fun.
phmanzano3 years ago
"Click export and save this as an STL."
I can export to dwg, fbx, rzi, obj, ipm, las, and save as 3dp.
Look like they removed STL export feature from 123D Catch so the chain is broken.
Meshmixer can import OBJ too, so you could use that instead of STL (Actually you are better off with OBJ as it includes shared vertices!)
Gofilord3 years ago
I'm sorry, but if 2600$ is CHEAP for you then I don't know what's expencive...
Actually, when it comes to the subject of being able to reproduce stuff (even just the shape/looks of it), I would be willing to say $2,600 IS cheap. Just think how much it would cost if you were able to somehow modify this and make it able to reproduce edible food (I'm not that familiar with this kind of technology, and don't know if that would actually be possible, but still).
And to think you can send the object long distance to someone else...
Dude, speaking as a truck driver AND an avid Trek fan....what you have there is a replicator, NOT a transporter. Find a way for me to download and reproduce Kate Beckinsale and I'm all over this. Stop wishing for an end to my livelihood for at least twenty-five more years, please.
xenongamer3 years ago
Just a slight disclaimer I think I should mention: companies will hate you if you do this with anything protected by intellectual property laws and publish the replica.

This is an awesome idea, and a good instructable, but misuse of this will probably result in legal problems.

Think SOPA crossed over into real objects.
Otterkins23 years ago
Is it possible to do this from scale plans?
brainsfried3 years ago
very interesting stuff!
Jayefuu3 years ago
Very nice. You should add more info in the step about Catch and a link to it. It looks interesting!
Jayefuu Jayefuu3 years ago
Sorry, I missed step one :D I was looking for the info in step 3. My bad
So true. Phone companies NEVER HAVE come up with a practical personal video phone, now, have they.. yet skype, yahoo messenger, etc.. Well, their loss.
mikeasaurus3 years ago
I've seen this thing in action and it's pretty awesome to know that custom plastic parts can be replicated within hours.
mh76dk3 years ago
This is indeed very exciting stuff... but currently out of my disposable cash price-range :-(
kelseymh3 years ago
I saw an awesome tweet reposted recently,
"No flying cars yet?" he wrote from a 2 inch by 4 inch pocket computer instantaneously to subscribers worldwide using only his right thumb.

This I'ble is pretty much the same. "Holy s**t! We're living in the future!"
lamedust (author)  kelseymh3 years ago
I KNOW! That's exactly the way I feel, it's so weird for the future to catch up with the present! It's kind of amazing to be participating!