This was a first test of modeling something in 3D using still images. The subject is a micro quad, 210mm from motor to motor. To make the model, 36 still images were taken from a 10MP DSLR and uploaded to Autodesk's 123D Catch application.
I first attempted to upload this to Hypr3D to do the same kind of modeling, but as you can see here it came up a bit short.
My next goal is to model a much larger object, a building or sculpture perhaps, using a quadrotor drone, and to export that model file to a MakerBot 3D printer at a local community fab lab to produce a miniature version.
This also has me thinking about imaging, modeling and printing other objects, specifically structural components such as frames and motor mounts. I've seen others make quad frames from 3D printers, I'd like to try my hand at doing that, but do it by imaging the object and creating the model in the same way described above.
I don't know how precise a frame like that would end up being, or how intricate of a support structure one could create with that method. I do, however, imagine there's a practical lower limit where it makes more sense to simply draft it and sent to the lab's laser cutter, where parts could be cut out of acrylic or wood and then assembled. Still, I would like to give it a shot.
Apologies for the incomplete first post here. I had saved the post, closed the browser in a hurry, and expected to come back to it later. For some reason it posted automatically.