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Turn Your Head into Cardboard Speakers Using 123D Catch + MeshMixer + 123D Make + Laser Cutter!

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Just in time for the holiday season! Speakers of your head are the perfect gift for mom.

This tutorial illustrates how to create cardboard speakers of your head.

I used:
-an iPad with Autodesk 123D Catch software to scan the image into CAD (free download)
     *you may use a digital camera & Autodesk 123D Catch for online instead
-Autodesk MeshMixer software to massage & patch up the CAD surfaces (free download)
-optional Rhino CAD software for additional patching & refinements (free evaluation download)
-Autodesk 123D Make software to slice the CAD into sheets for laser cutting (free download)
-an Epilog laser cutter
-corrugated cardboard (36 sheets of 3/16" thick 36"x24")
-Sobo craft glue (available at craft & art stores)
-OrigAudio speakers ($16.00)
-portable power drill with 1/4" bit
-1/4" wood dowel or chop stick
-wire or straightened coat hanger
-masking tape
-X-Acto knife
-hammer
-soldering iron
-pencil
-metal ruler
-a buddy to assist you with your 123D Catch


 
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Step 1: 123D Catch your head

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Using the iPad (or digital camera) open the Autodesk 123D Catch app. Have a buddy take photos of your head. I decided to house the speaker inside of my mouth, so I held my mouth open for the catch. Your photographer should start at a low angle & progressively increase the height of the camera. They should move around your head in about 15-20 degree increments for each photo. Use the maximum of the 30 allotted photos for a more accurate catch. Hold your pose as still as possible for the best results.

Step 2: Process the catch

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Process your catch through the 123D Catch iPad software or website
The first catch I did successfully captured my front, but as you can see in the second image my back is missing a large surface.
I did a second catch in hope of better success. The third & forth images are the results of this second attempt. For some unknown reason the catch was processed upside down, but that doesn't affect anything. The second catch captured my back much better, but kind of warped my face.
What did u say into the speaker
Haha!  That's sweet!  You should enter it into the Holiday Gifts Contest!
That is so cool!
artemff1 year ago
It's a nice idea and a good instructable. The only thing I would change is the speaker location - currently it looks like a pacifier :) and its material doesn't match that of the head. I guess, it would look (and even sound) more natural if the speaker was inside the head and the mouth was just half-open.
damonite (author) 1 year ago
Yep. This would make a great gift for your parents, significant other or....maybe the white elephant office holiday party?
This will be an ultimate design gift for christmas, many thanks!
temper1 year ago
Ha! You could connect this to your radio and say:
"I have a great head for radio!" boom boom ;-)