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3D Scanning a Person

via LinkedIn Learning


Learn to scan a person and turn the scan into a "3D selfie" with a 3D printer or with online services like Shapeways.

New consumer-grade 3D sensors in products like the Microsoft Kinect make scanning people easy! And with 3D printers, you can turn those scans into "Mini-Mes" that can be used as cake toppers, game tokens, or action figures. In this course, Kacie Hultgren will guide you through the process of creating a "3D selfie" that's ready for printing. Kacie uses the free software Meshmixer to repair and enhance the scan, before printing it with a MakerBot. Don't own a 3D printer? Kacie also shows how to export your model and send it to Shapeways, where you can order a 3D print.


  • Welcome
  • What you need to know
  • Using the exercise files
1. 3D Scanning with a Sensor
  • How does it work?
  • Getting set up to scan
2. Scanning a Person
  • Connecting your scanner
  • Capturing a scan
  • Processing a scan
  • Exporting a scan
3. Repairing a Scan
  • Introducing Meshmixer
  • Orienting a model
  • Selecting and erasing
  • Smoothing and filling
  • Extending surfaces
  • Cutting a flat bottom
  • Automatic repairs with Inspector
  • Detailing with brushes
4. 3D Printing with a MakerBot
  • 3D printing with Meshmixer
  • 3D printing your scan with a MakerBot
5. Optimizing a Scan
  • Touching up color
  • Sizing and exporting your model
  • Uploading and ordering a design with Shapeways
  • Next steps

Taught by

Kacie Hultgren

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