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123D Catch How to

Here is a page with basic tips and several video tutorials.

There are four basic steps to follow before you can start using the software.

  • Try to take around 20 photos in a loop of small increments around your subject. In order to improve the quality of the model, try to shoot a different loop from another angle.
  • Make sure to not move your subject while taking the photographs! In addition, adding newspaper or sticky notes around your subject will help the program calibrate for creating the 3D model.
  • After your photo shoot, upload the photos to the cloud in order to create the 3D model. The model will then be saved to your cloud storage space.
  • Open up the web app, and select your model. Proceed to clean up and heal your model for fabrication in the web app (123D Catch is a web app only, meaning that you will have to use a browser in order to use the program).



123D Ouch!

  • Working in 123D Catch this morning, and a few things of interest…
  • There is no desktop app for Mac OS
  • The web app must run in Chrome or Firefox; it will boot you out of Safari
  • To make edits to a model you need to install a plugin…

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  • Here’s my first attempt at a model:

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The jagged edges are the result of trimming off the background.

  • Sometimes it’s helpful to see the polygon mesh. To do so, click on the eyeball icon on the right of the screen – it is a drop-down menu that has a wireframe option.

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Voila. It’s too bad that after all that work, something went sour and Autodesk LOST THE MODEL.

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… oh, computers. *sigh.*