Chapter 5. Creating and Repairing 3D Scans

Excerpted from Getting Started with MakerBot by Bre Pettis, Anna Kaziunas France, and Jay Shergill.

You no longer need an expensive high-end 3D scanner to create good-quality scans that are suitable for 3D printing. There are now an increasing a number of affordable ways to digitize physical objects.

Some of them require additional hardware with an RGB camera and depth sensors, like the Microsoft Kinect, Primsense Carmine or ASUS Xtion shown in Figure 5-1 (see Kinect vs. Asus Xtion for a comparison), but you can also use your phone or a digital camera to capture ...

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