Sunday, August 9, 2020

Head start

About a week ago, Ryan came into my studio laughing hysterically.

"Look at this," he said between peals of laughter. "This is the weirdest thing I've done since quarantine began."

He thrust his hand out and showed me a tiny plastic head.
Despite the low resolution print, it was clearly recognizable as Ryan.
Almost immediately, my mind started envisioning hobby related applications. 

"How did you do this?" I asked. "Do you think we could make custom 1:9 scale doll heads?"

And down the rabbit hole we went!
The scans are done with an app called Capture that can be used on any iPhone with facial recognition. This app converts the scanned object into a point cloud file. 
The file is then downloaded to a computer for normalizing and surface reconstruction.
There is nothing normalized about this.
Next, Ryan saves the file as a .obj and opens it in a program called Mesh Mixer.
He uses this program to make changes to the file. In this case, he removed my shoulder and filled in my head and neck.
The final step is to load the file into PrusaSlicer to prepare it for 3D printing.
An hour later, I have my own little mini me.
The quality isn't quite where it needs to be for a hobby doll, but it's real close. I predict we'll be seeing lots of custom doll heads in the performance ring in the very near future!


  1. The puns will be unstoppable. Head 'em off at the pass is only a start.

  2. This post is very exciting for me! I can't wait for ALL the custom dolls!