This is a super quick & dirty tutorial how to use 123D Catch to get a super quick and super easy 3D scan of your head. Once you have the scan or "catch" the tutorial will take you through a technique to clean it up and manipulate it ready for 3D printing.

Please note that the 3D print is not food-safe, the next step would be to use the 3D print to make a casting mold and cast it in a food-safe ceramic. A suitable tutorial for that next step can be found here: Lifecasting - hands

The benefits of the technique used in this tutorial are efficiency & speed as well as the relativity gentle learning curve for those without experience in CAD (computer assisted design).

You will need:

-iPhone or iPad
-123D Catch from the app store (free)
-An assistant
-A Computer
-Meshmixer computer program (download for free here)

Step 1: Preparing for the Catch

For the catch of the your head it is much easier if you have someone assist you.

There are two approaches to the catch, with an iphone/ipad or with a digital camera & computer. In my experience I have found the iphone/ipad method to be the fastest & most reliable so that is the method I will explain  If you would like to know the other method (which is actually very similar) visit: http://www.123dapp.com/catch/learn

For the iphone/ipad approach download the (free) 123D Catch app from the app store 123D Catch App. Then create an account & log in.

You (person having their head catched) should be sitting down with enough room around them for the "assistant" (person assisting taking the catch) to walk around them taking photos keeping the catchee's head within the frame.

The environment should be as evenly lit as possible but does not require studio quality backdrops or lights (in fact it works better without them).

The catchee should sit as still as possible and stare directly forwards.

this would be sweet in ceramic! how does the ABS hold up as a spoon?
The ABS is fine as far as holding water milk or sugar effectively as a spoon but unfortunately isn't food safe. I plan to do another ible on taking this model and preping for casting.
You can 3D print ceramic at Sculpteo, food safe!: <br>http://www.sculpteo.com/en/materials/ceramic/
That's hilarious! Very cool!

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