However, this got us thinking again. Shapeways (and other 3D print services) often try to overcome the 3D design complexity barrier by providing narrowly-focused print solutions. For example, Shapeways has near-pushbutton solutions for producing stylii, stampmakers, cufflinks, 3D photos and various poem-enriched ornaments.
Back to the bust. If you can upload a 2D photo and get a flat, but 3D representation, why not attempt something similar to produce a custom 3D bust?
Imagine how it might work:
- Customer takes several photos of themselves taken at pre-arranged angles, perhaps using a PDF template to line up the camera
- Customer uploads the pics to a 3D print service that automatically cleans up the photos
- Software examines the series of photos and produces a rudimentary 3D model of the individual’s head and shoulders
- The model is presented to the customer online and offers basic push-button tweaks (to tuck in that chin a bit, or shorten up earlobe droops, for example)
- Customer punches the “Print” button and receives a real 3D bust of themselves in the post shortly thereafter.
Via Shapeways Blog