3d scanning app in the classroom

Autodesk’s new app for the iPhone is intriguing.  It’s called 123d Catch.  It’s mission is to help you to scan an object in 3d and then convert the scan so that it can be printed.  Yes, in 3d using a printer like the Makerbot or RepRap…or one of many.

Here’s Autodesk’s offical video:

You’ll notice that the boy continues to refine his scan using the desktop app.  That’s an important part of the process.  In my limited use, I’ve found that the app picks up artifacts (blobs) during the scan that require some work to smooth over.  I’m still working on it.

But the potential in the classroom is huge.  Ideas:
-for a tech class, scan a human and put their face on a custom action figure, create a statue, create a custom award, blend two scanned objects together
-art class – visit a museum and scan works to be viewed in the 3d back at school
-science – scan a molecule and print it out!

If you have other classroom ideas for this promising new app just drop a comment below.  Meanwhile, I will keep perfecting my technique with 123d Catch and post an update soon.


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