I got married in July to another human of nerdy-technical tendencies. We used a Kinect to make a 3D print of ourselves to go atop our cake.
|Aww, there we are, printed in plastic|
We used a scanning program from Shapify.me, which walks you through spinning around in front of a Kinect. The program says "Turn 45 degrees!" and then the Kinect nods at you, scanning you from foot to head. Then it pauses for a second to let you turn again. When it's done with you, it fuses all the scans together and make a watertight mesh.
I guess you're not supposed to see the bride/groom in their wedding getup before the special day, but whatever, this was important! We brought the dress and the suit in to school where the Kinect was and did the scanning in the lab. Luckily, it was a weekend around finals and no one was there. I had to pin up my dress so I could spin around. We could have had more dress-train action if we had had someone wave a Kinect around us while we stood in one position, but Richard "Mr. Kinect Fusion" Newcombe was out of town.
The Printing: Color Sandstone
One of the nice things about Shapify.me is that it integrates directly with a 3D printing service. We paid $70 to get the model we'd just scanned printed in color.
The problem was that the color of the 3D print was kind of icky, due to the lighting in the capture room. The cream color of the dress turned into a dingy gray, especially where the black of the suit bled into it. Our skin had a greenish tinge. My aesthetic bar for this wedding was not that high, but this model did not meet that bar. More photos below.
I needed (also: wanted) to hack something to fix this. Let the headlines read:
"Bride hacks into website, decodes proprietary 3D model format to save wedding!!"(Heck, I'm just going to make this the title of the post.)
The HackingShapify.me suggested it would let you download the models if you paid a lot of money to be a partner, or if you paid a lot of money to run your own scanning station (custom built by the company, not just a Kinect). I probably could have asked/begged for the file since I already paid for the print, but like I said, I wanted to be a badass computer bride instead.
The Printing: White PlasticOnce we had our own copy of the 3D mesh, we took it to Metrix Create Space in Seattle. A super helpful staff lady offered to print it for us, and even insisted on fixing up the mesh where Adam had a very skinny and unnatural foot.
|Printing on a MakerBot at Metrix|
Here's the inside of the print, with the honeycomb scaffolding. I don't know why this particular print run got canceled.
|Our feetsies/inside a 3D print|
Printing took many hours, so we left and came back the next day. We saw ourselves sitting out on their display shelf, but no, that was not the model for us! That was another copy they'd printed to keep and show off because they thought it was neat.
Color vs. WhiteHere you can see all the details. The gloomy color, the pinned up dress, Adam's adorable bowtie, Adam's messed up foot (shiny shoes don't reflect Kinect IR beams well), the slightly larger size of the plastic print.
|Photo by Jeramie Shoda of ShodaLove|