One of the better Catches came from video, oddly enough. I took a ~20 second video and later played it full screen, hitting Cmd+Shift+3 screen captures every second or so. Then I took those images and loaded them into the web and desktop 123D Catch app. I think the softer focus of the video stills creates a more seamless model. Maybe someone else has had some experience with Catching from video?I've managed to clean up some of the files like the Temple Lion, Buddha Feet and a carved dinosaur relief and printed them on our Objet printers (job perk!), and they're pretty awesome. We get to relive the trip and we were kind of able to bring back some souvenirs that customs would have otherwise frowned upon. Next, I'm going to make a wooden replica of one of the Temple Lions using 123D Make and 1/4" plywood. I think the resolution will be pretty good if the lion itself is around two feet high. I'll do another post when it's finished.
Autodesk employee Cody Walker recently made a trip to The Art Institute of Chicago. He captured a good deal of it using Catch! These are really amazing - I think "The End of the Trail" might be my favorite.
So join me as we take a virtual tour of The Art Institute of Chicago! Click the links under the photos to be taken to the 123D Gallery so you can view the model in the 3D viewer. They look even better that way! He's also included more information about the pieces on the Gallery.
The title is a teeny bit of a fib this time since we didn't have this post last week. But it is back! Catches are becoming the most common thing in the gallery as of late and they're getting better and better.
church door by Cody Walker
Frogner Oslo Park Norway by Wayne Trout
Lion by Jeffrey Lv
Falla Lo Rat Penat 2012 by Jaime Almonacid
Weston Super Mare - Sand Sculpture by Andrew Moore
Last week we had a truly amazing catch of a T-Rex's head show up in the gallery. I was blown away by the catch, but as it turns out there's more!
Anthony Heath, the creator of the catch, also created a hologram! He works for Zebra Imaging, a company that produces fantastic 3D holographic prints. Below is a video of his T-Rex head in action, hologram style!
This is definitely one of my favorite uses of Catch so far, right up there with "Go home view" - a short film.
Something very neat is happening at Drexel University - dinosaur bones are being scanned and then 3D printed! Dr. James Tangorra and Dr. Kenneth Lacovara have teamed up along with other researchers to get this project going.
The dinosaur bones will be printed both at normal size (for display in museums) and on a smaller scale. The smaller scale bones will be assembled into full skeletons and then turned into robots so that the researchers will be able to study how the dinosaurs really moved. The doctors hope to have a robotic limb created by the end of 2012 - a full model will take much longer.
3D printing has really revolutionized the field of paleontology - I can't wait to see where this goes.
Eric Haines, an Autodesk employee, has created something fantastic: Mineways. The site walks you through how to to capture your Minecraft creations and get them ready for 3D printing. If you've got a Minecraft world or structure you're super proud of, you should check it out!
Gonzalo Martinez of Autodesk got this fantastic 3D capture using 123D Catch and an Octo-Copter UAV to take photos and videos of the Autodesk headquarters in San Rafael, California.
We've seen 123D Catch used in many smaller applications - but this is huge! Using a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) to capture things on such a large scale could be used in tons of ways. I can't wait to see where this goes. The possibilities are endless!
Also, here's a video of the process, which is awesome:
The Smithsonian 3D Digitization Team posted a time-lapse video of what is involved in making a 3D model of an ancient whale fossil in Chile. They appear to be using a high-end laser stylus to scan in the 3D model. This is a different modeling process than the photogrammetry used by 123D catch, but very cool nonetheless. It is great to see how this technology is put to use to create an archive of our history.