3D scan­ning

Mac Format - - GET INTO 3D PRINTING -

A com­mon mis­con­cep­tion about 3D print­ing is that it’s lim­ited to peo­ple that can ac­tu­ally use pro-level 3D and CAD ap­pli­ca­tions. This sim­ply isn’t the case. As we’ve al­ready men­tioned, there are a host of online re­sources that fea­ture free mod­els, and you can also cre­ate 3D prints in a mat­ter of min­utes in the latest ver­sion of Adobe’s Pho­to­shop, or by us­ing free tools avail­able from Au­todesk’s 123dapp.com.

Another area that many peo­ple are start to look into is 3D scan­ning, which en­ables you to trans­form phys­i­cal ob­jects into printable 3D mod­els by us­ing a sec­ondary de­vice. The ma­jor­ity of cur­rently avail­able mod­els cost much more than you’re prob­a­bly will­ing to pay for a 3D printer, but they are get­ting more af­ford­able (with the Scan­ify from Fuel3D avail­able for around £800). Hav­ing said this, early re­ports of home 3D scan­ning are mixed, and in vir­tu­ally ev­ery case you’ll need to clean up scans to get them print-ready.

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