EASY Kinect 3D Scanner!




About: Hey instructables, I'm Todd and I'm 17 years old from Illinois. My interests are Hacking, making, engineering, programming, teaching, learning, aviation. I love teaching others about technology as I lear...

Intro: EASY Kinect 3D Scanner!

Hey Instructables community! 

In this instructable I will instruct you how to make a DIY 3d scanner using an XBOX-360 Kinect! This instructable is very easy as long as you are patient and follow my instructions in the video. Also, I explain how to correct and fix your image for a nice clean print on a 3D printer such as the UP. The best part, the project is free as long as you have a kinect.

The links for the downloads from the video:
GPU update from Nvidia: http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
inect software download from reconstrucme: http://reconstructme.net/projects/reconstructmeqt/
Netfabb cloud STL repair: http://cloud.netfabb.com/

I am entering this contest to help others learn how to easily 3D scan items or people using the Kinect. When I first tried to accomplish this, I spent DAYS trying to figure out how to install the software and run it correctly. So, I created this instructable to easily show someone how to install the software correctly without error. Also, I am 14 years old saving up money for a 3D printer. I have been a maker / hacker since I was little and I have been dreaming of owning a 3D printer for YEARS! Please vote for me to help make my dream come true.

God bless.



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    49 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Hello Toddie123, I'm looking to build my own scan using your DYI, but I wonder if I could use the Kinetic MS Xbox one Sensor in place of the Kinetic 360 Sensor. You can??

    If so, what are the advantages of I use it?


    Have a nice week!

    1 reply

    Reply 1 year ago

    I hear you can use the XBox One Kinect but that you may need an additional adapter. I have heard nothing about it being better than using the 360 version though.


    1 year ago

    anyone know why I get the error "youre not allowed to see this" when I try and download? My membership is current....


    2 years ago

    The video is probably blocked in several countries because of the background music being copyrighted.
    Some suggestions from the video (I'm a IT technician), don't worry about doing the graphics driver update through device manager, just checking the nvidia website would override the first update check anyway. In most cases the driver already installed on most people's computers would do the job even if it's out of date. Also, the nvidia GPU isn't a firm requirement as it will work with any make and model of GPU that supports OpenCL.
    That's just some suggestions anyway which would cut down the time needed to accomplish the project :)
    I will soon be completing this project myself so when I get around to it I will post my experiences in the comments


    2 years ago

    I tried getting the video, says it's blocked because of copyright issues. Can you repost? Thanks!


    2 years ago

    Good luck !

    and the force ist with you !


    3 years ago on Introduction

    would you have this video somewhere else (Youtube)? For some reason i cannot access it from Brazil...

    1 reply

    2 years ago

    Hi, I was wondering, how good is the resolution on a scan with kinect 2?

    Seen on the net that it has 0,051 mm so 51 microns. Is that true in ur opinion?


    3 years ago

    Hi Toddie:
    Regarding Scanners, loks like the Artec Eva and Spider are the best scanners out there but are very overpriced at round $15,000 each.
    Seems like a close second and at a fraction of the cost ($200) is the MS Kinect v2 for Windows (Kv2W) scanner.
    To perform a full body scan in under 30 seconds, it would be great if someone who's reading this blog could to write an API to simultaneously scan with two Kv2W scanners using as an example Artec Studio 9, or MS 3D builder.
    An API for 3D builder is probably easier to write for since MS is giving both the program and the SDK free. One thing I must say about 3D builder that I don 't like is that they limit the 3D printers you can print to.
    Any comments to the community that you would like to share I'm sure I'll be appreciated .


    3 years ago on Introduction

    I have a Davinvi 3d printer, I am 15 years old and wanting to sell it. It's in great condition and works great, but I want to upgrade. Shoot me an email at joshuajacoby99@gmail.com if anyone is interested


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Excellent instructions. Thank you for sharing! I'm wondering if this also works for other graphics other than Nvidia? Thanks again for your help.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Hi toddie good job little man.. very impressive work, excellent instructions and video editing.

    Hope you get the best 3D printer out there, you totally deserve it. GOD bless!!

    hi toodles123,

    i used the artec studio 9.2 software. it provides a 15 day trial. it is very good for scanning people as well as objects.
    any possibility of you providing a cracked version of the same?
    coz i woudnt be able to afford the paid version.

    another software i found was shapify. it is simply excellent for making selfie 3d models. but that can only be printed through shapify.

    is there a chance i could get a cracked version of artec studio 9.2? that would solve everythingg..... :)

    i followed your instructions but then i came through a problem..
    when i open reconstruct me it says
    any suggestions on how i can tackle this?

    2 replies

    Hi streetlordz2011,

    I am going to create an instructable in a couple of weeks as ReconstructMe has made their software pay ware and their free version crap. So I am going to find another way to 3d scan. STAY TUNED!!!

    Hi toodles123

    any updates on ur work for a replacement to this?

    i tried myself aswell but nothing worked to satisfactory levels.