With this 'able I want to show you how easy it is for you to make a scan of yourself or your family without having to buy any software as long as you have a Kinect or can borrow one. Also show those that do not own a 3d printer where they can Print it for FREE at a local Library, in fact if you have a Kinect and a computer this entire project can be done for free with no 3D Printer of your own.
I have seen other 'able scans but I have found this is the best free software that makes super nice prints that come out real nice and detailed with no need to edit afterwords.
This is a very easy instructables and hope you enjoy, beginner level.
In this one you will make a 3D Model of yourself that you can print or send to a 3D printer with a Kinect and using no tools.
Step 1: Costs
Free Cost: You don't need to buy a scanner if you have a Kinect and a computer and a local public library with a 3D printer (we will talk more later on that). Software we used is free.
$30 Cost: If you don't have a Kinect you can find them used on eBay for $30 or so, a Microsoft 360 Kinect is pretty cheap.
Step 2: Tools, Electronics & Materials
Computer running Microsoft Windows Kinect from Microsoft 360
3D Printer (optional), if you do not have a 3D Printer thats okay you can use shapeways to print, or your local library. Chair (optional), they can stand too. A Human (optional), or better yet you can scan a Robot too, Robots are better than humans or other objects too.
Step 3: Install Software - Microsoft and Skanect
- Download the Microsoft Software, includes everything your PC needs to run the scanner.
Kinect for Windows SDK (version 1.8).
- Download Skanect Try it version, its free for non commercial use.
Non-commercial use only.
Free export to Shapeways 3D printing services.
Free export to Sculpteo 3D printing services.
Free export to Sketchfab online sharing platform.
File export limited to 5000 faces.
- 123 Design By Autodesk (Same people that make Instructables that we all know and Love :D) - Free
Step 4: Prepare: Find Object You Want to Scan and Put Them on a Chair or Table
Human, Robot or Other will work.
Here you need to select what type of object you want to scan.
You can scan objects or people.
Select the one you want.
This is the best way I have found to prepare your human scan
Put a stool or in the middle of the room where you can walk around it, walk around it with the Kinect to make sure that you don't get tangled, if so try putting your computer in different places, on the floor, on a table near you etc.
Step 5: Record: Scan and Take It Slow
To get a good scan you will need to use trial and error but once you have prepared in the previous step press the Start button.
The count down will start on the screen. Once it gets to Zero you will need to walk slow around your subject, please take it real slow, Green means you are going the right speed.
Red means to fast or to close, adjust until the it turns green again if red.
Keep walking around your subject until you have gone completely around your subject.
Then stop the scan.
Inspect and if it looks good continue, else move back and redo.
You will get better the more you do it.
I have added a little video demonstrating how to walk around slowly and keeping the subject green. I was not able to walk around because the table was in the way and wanted to keep the laptop high enough to be in the video to share. But you will need to completely walk around.
Step 6: Reconstruct, Process, Export: View and Edit Image
Reconstruct: Here you can view and move your image around.
Process: Use this to fill in gaps and holes
Export: Export your STL
Step 7: Import Your STL Into 123 Design by Autodesk to Make a Base
You have a nice scan of a head, but it wont stand up on its own.
You need to put a base on it. Using 123 Design lets it simple and add a rectangle to the bottom using the Primitives > Box menu.
You can later add text like in one of my scans.
I am not going to get into detail on how to use 123Design but its a very user friendly app with lots of videos on how to use.
Here are some Tutorial videos.
Also on youtube many others have made their own videos.
When complete export the STL for the next step of printing.
Step 8: Send to Printer or Shapeways or Go to Library for Free Printing
Option 1: I have a 3D Printer
If you have a 3D printer your create your G-Code from your new STL and send it to your printer like any stl file
Option 2: I do not have a 3D printer
That's okay, you can send your file to Shapeways and for the month of June they are offering Free Shipping, Wahoo. Cost depends on the size you pick, use 10% infill and 2 walls to keep it cheaper.
Option 3: I do not have a 3D printer and I do not want to spend any money on a print and would like it for free.
Many people do not know but there are a number of local libraries that now have 3D Printers and offer free print time each month. In fact there are 250 of them around the USA. There is often someone there to help you learn.