Some time ago Autodesk released 123D Catch, a free (beta), online service for creating 3D objects using just an ordinary digital camera. I couldn’t resist giving it a go! But I didn’t have great success, probably due to my impatience… I just didn’t take enough photos… You need to upload about 50 to 70 pictures!
Well it looks like the guys at Bits from Bytes (3D Systems) have been doing a bit of experimenting and judging by the above photo they have been more successful than me!
The BfB guys have also been looking at using a kinect camera to produce 3D objects using the free ReconstructMe software.. Wish I had one of those kinects to play with.
Anyway, if you are interested to give it a go yourself just have a look on the BfB website (just click the “support” button at the top of the homepage and select “technical resources”, scroll down to the bottom of the page for the links to the information).
Of course being “free” this is ideal for experimenting with in schools, I really must give it a go again. If you try it yourself or with your students why not let us know how you get on.