Tutorials - Fab Academy at AS220 Labs - Providence, RI

3D Scanning

Point cloud of a scan of a stone face from the Henry Bowen Anthony fountain in Lippit Park at the head of Blackstone Boulevard in Providence RI. Available on Thingiverse.

The Assignment For This Week:

Global Assignment:
  • 3D scan an object
  • Extra Credit: edit and print an object that you scanned
Providence Assignment:
  • Read Chapter 9: Scanning in 3D in Getting Started with Makerbot
  • We will be using the Kinect and ReconstructMe to create scans of each student.
  • We will scan each other during class in Providence.
  • You will each edit and print your scan.
  • Afterward, you can scan and print whatever you like.


Mesh Editing Software

Download and Install These Software Packages


Download Netfabb Studio Basic

meshlab Download Meshlab
Download Meshmixer

MeshMixer Tutorial Videos

Meshmixer YouTube Chanel
videos on how to use Meshmixer with advanced tips and tricks


3D Scanning Hardware / Software

Scanning with a Scanner: Microsoft Kinect

Anna Kaziunas France

The Kinect is good for creating scans of large objects, like people. It is not good for capturing fine detail and may blur facial features slightly. You need a good graphics card to run ReconstructMe and a Microsoft Kinect.

Kinect Scanning Accessories

Scanning without a Scanner: 123D Catch

Anna Kaziunas France123D catch photoscene of a skull.

You can use your iPhone, iPad or regular digital camera.

123D Catch

Video Tutorial - ReconstructMe Mesh Cleanup

Tony Buser's Seminal Video Tutorial

This video tutorial is a little out of date now (there is a more concise / updated version of how to clean up these scans in Chapter 9 of Getting Started with MakerBot, but it is Tony Buser's seminal tutorial of how to clean up Reconstruct Me scans. It uses all of the mesh editing software above. It also feaures AS220 Labs member Matt Stultz.

3D Scan Cleanup from Tony Buser on Vimeo.