As we wrote when its iPad app was first released, 123D Catch allows users to take up to 40 photos of a specific object, which are then uploaded to Autodesk Cloud for processing. From there, the resulting 3D model can be rotated, shared, or even printed by a 3D printer like MakerBot.
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It’s a magical idea, and while the results are by no means perfect (and usually need a touch up), as the service improves we could see the entire 3D industry transform with new-found accessibility. Now that the iPhone app is out, it’s even easier to start experimenting with 3D, and with that comes added accessibility for 3D printers as well.
Now, if you’re wondering how this app could be used, here’s an awesome example: not too long ago MakerBot went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to scan art for the world to download, make and remix.