Getting 3D Body Scanned: A MAD Odyssey

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Shapeways has been doing full 3D body scans at the Out of Hand/Hands On Interactive space at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in NYC for a couple of months now and I decided recently to go for one of my own. Upon arrival I was amazed by the Formlab Desktop 3D Printers and gallery of 3D Printed objects on display. The scanning process took no more than one minute where I stood still on a spinning circular apparatus which spun while what looked like a Xbox Kinect motion capture precisely scanned the details of my body. It was a fun and pleasantly surprising experience. 

Afterwards you enter your email address where Shapeways sends you a email of the file of your scan where you can order a mini 3D printed figurine of yourself in any of the 30+ materials currently available on Shapeways. I ordered my scan in full colored sandstone and it arrived within a week of placing my order. The Out of Hand exhibition will run until April 2014. If you’re in the city I highly recommend dropping by MAD to have a hands on experience with 3D printing or get scanned like I did.

 The actual print came out well but the facial details could have been better. An alternative to a 3D scan would be to try our ShapeMe app where you can easily make a model of your head and add it to a body. Next time I would try putting a 3D print of my head on the body of a ModiRaptor Dino. The figurine makes for a great gift, paperweight, or just a instant conversation starter because you never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

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  1. James William Kincaid

    Would you like me to send you a stepper motor and driver so you don’t have feel like you’re working with machinery from the dark ages? HAHAHA! :D

    1. Duann

      Yes, the motor could do with an upgrade. What would you recommend?

    2. James William Kincaid

      A NEMA 23 stepper with a capstan winch style pulley attached at the bottom of the column and a idler pulley at he top of the column with fishing line as the power transmission component. Might be able to go with a smaller motor depending on how much weight you need to lift.

      I’d use a Pololu driver and I’d control it with an Arduino.

      You could have a manual up and down switch that replaces the rope or you could program it to perform some kind of pattern that best suits the scanner.

      I know you already know all of this. :p

  2. Anonymous

    “The actual print came out well but the facial details could have been better.” lol! Eric, you should ask Shapeways for a refund for that kind of quality.

    1. Eric Ho

      It makes for a awesome 3D selfie and I’ve grown to like it. Also you can recognize your posture regardless of the facial details. It was also rapid and inexpensive :)

    2. mkroeker

      In that case you might want to keep the body and replace the “head” with that
      of a ModiRaptor Dino, not the other way round. :-)

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