3D printed selfies can be wonderful for commemorating special events. Check out this guide to making 3D selfies!
In recent years, selfies have taken the world by storm. From common people to celebrities, everyone has taken part in the selfie trend. Now, 3D printers have stepped it up a notch and brought about the idea of 3D selfies, which are basically 3D models of someone in a candid pose. It could be said that it’s the next step from the common selfie.
Nowadays, there are several apps that assist with the creation of 3D selfies. It’s even possible to print some 3D selfies from the comfort of your home, though that could prove to be trickier than it sounds.
What’s a 3D selfie for? Well, as everything in the 3D printing world, your imagination is the limit. From gifts to cake toppers, the possibilities are endless. Here are a few “official” reasons – take your pick!
A 3D selfie requires a set of pictures of the person (or people) to be taken from specific distances and angles. There are several techniques to reproduce a full 3D human model from multiple photos, but the prevailing one (at least with the most popular full-body scanning solutions) is photogrammetry.
First of all, there are two types of 3D selfies:
The materials normally used to make 3D selfies include the following:
Figurines can come in a variety of sizes, ranging from 5 to 45 cm for all major technologies.
The general creation process for a 3D selfie is fairly simple:
By “scanner system”, we mean the scanning device or set of devices that are used. In general, we can distinguish between two setups:
In the end, it all comes down to the desired material. If the material of choice is a simple one or one that can be handled by FDM desktop printers, then the choice is obviously huge. However, for 3D selfies, the material of choice is a gypsum-based composite powder, printed with binder jetting technology.
The reason for the popularity of this material is that it combines all desired qualities of a 3D selfie: detail, color, durability, ease of printing, and cost. A popular 3D printer for this type of prints is the Projet 660 by 3D Systems.
There are generally three ways to obtain a 3D selfie:
Online solutions are rather interesting. They function in one of two ways:
There is also the possibility to make it from the comfort of your own home, but this method obviously needs some elevated technical knowledge (as opposed to the previous methods) and access to a suitable 3D printer.
In order to give you a better understanding of each method, we’ve explored all of them and determined what to expect and what to pay attention to.
Depending on which country you reside in, chances are a local service offering 3D selfies exists a reasonable distance from your home. Here are some examples:
One example of home-based scanning comes from Shapify. It uses Microsoft’s Kinect device with its motion sensor capabilities and free software. Supposing that one has already the Kinect, he or she could attempt the following:
From there, it can either be sold as a model (could be an interesting option for a wannabe celebrity) or 3D printed through a local service.
In general, it’s advisable to watch out for the following:
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