The October 2011 ART && CODE conference at Carnegie Mellon (artandcode.com/3d) featured a weeklong “festival as laboratory” hackathon dedicated to the exploration of new cultural applications of 3D sensing and visualization technologies. During this period, a group of 15 hackers, artists and researchers huddled in CMU’s STUDIO for Creative Inquiry to create new Kinect-based artworks and experiments.
Here, Matt Mets, a developer at Makerbot Industries, presents his project developed at the ART && CODE hackathon: a “3D Photobooth” which creates a 3D-printed portrait of a person in real-time. In Matt’s project, a depth map, captured from a Kinect sensor, is processed by a custom openFrameworks application with OpenCV. The application then exports tool-paths directly to a Makerbot 3D printer, without the need for additional processing of the captured 3D model.
Code for Matt’s project is at github.com/cibomahto/Makerbot-1.