3D Scanning Class


6 Lessons

8,434 Enrolled

Beginner Level

In this class, you'll learn everything you need to know to use your camera to take objects from the world around you and turn them into 3D models on your computer! I'll introduce you to the basic concepts of 3D scanning, and teach you an easily accessible method of reality capture called photogrammetry. Then I'll show you how to use a great program called ReCap Photo that will magically reconstruct your photos into 3D models in the cloud. Last you'll learn how to repair and edit your models to turn them into functional objects for all kinds of uses.

3D scanning is an amazing technology with all kinds of innovative applications from product design, to medical technology, to historical preservation, and beyond. What will you use it for??

Class Author:MikaelaHolmes

Mikaela is a F.I.T. trained costume and experimental fashion designer, who has done her best to make playing dress-up into a career. She has trained in both the costume and fashion design industries, and works with all kinds of materials and techniques including sewing, leatherwork, LEDs, fiber optics, painting, sculpture, laser cutting and 3D printing.

She is a former Artist in Residence at the Autodesk Pier 9 workshop, and currently an in-house content creator for the Instructables Design Studio.


Lesson 1: Tools and Materials for 3D Scanning

Start off by going over the tools and software you need for this class with links for easy shopping.

Lesson 2: Understanding 3D Scanning

Learn the basic concepts behind the technology we'll be using and get ready to scan by downloading the software you'll need.

Lesson 3: Shooting for Photogrammetry

Explore the best lighting and shooting strategies for taking good photos to capture a variety of objects in different settings.

Lesson 4: Turning Your Photos Into a 3D Model

Upload your photos to ReCap Photo where they will magically be transformed into 3D models!

Lesson 5: Cleaning Up Your 3D Model

Learn the basic 3D modeling tools you'll need to edit your model and repair any errors.

Lesson 6: 3D Modeling Workflows

Take your 3D scan to the next level by exporting it to other programs or making it into a physical object.

Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!