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The Open Crowd Project

by brianharper, published

The Open Crowd Project by brianharper Sep 17, 2012

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Description

The Open Crowd Project is a collaborative project using 3D scanning and printing technology to create a “crowd” of people printed with 3D printers.

The goal of this project is to collaborate with people who may be in different geographic areas, but who are willing to come together and collaborate through an online space. We encourage everyone that is interested in this project to participate! All you have to do is follow the instructions provided on the “participate” page of The Open Crowd Project website and we’ll create a 3D model of you, 3D print it, and include you in the crowd!

By participating in The Open Crowd Project, you will have the opportunity to see a representation of yourself in a group of people that have never before been assembled in physical space. Through this project, we hope to offer the opportunity to see yourself standing alongside others, therefore reinforcing a sense of togetherness between people who may otherwise be strangers.

More information at http://www.theopencrowdproject.com

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When I get my 3D up and Running Ill make one of my Very Own ;-)
disqus.com/thingiverse-3bd00b198a4acdcdd6de880c3bbc917d/ Great! Just let me know if you have any questions.  The instructions are on the "participate" page.

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Instructions

Instructions on how to participate are located here: http://www.theopencrowdproject.com/participate/

This is a collaborative project, so we encourage everyone to get involved!

If you're interested in finding out more information about it, please check out The Open Crowd Project website at http://www.theopencrowdproject.com

When I get my 3D up and Running Ill make one of my Very Own ;-)
disqus.com/thingiverse-3bd00b198a4acdcdd6de880c3bbc917d/ Great! Just let me know if you have any questions.  The instructions are on the "participate" page.
I'd love to do it.
What a cool idea! Will the resulting models be shared back to the collaborators, or publicly?
Thanks so much! Super excited about it. My thought is that it would be awesome to allow others to print their own crowds as well, but still working on the logistics of that. I think we'll start by adding some of them here, then build from there.

Certainly, the 3D scans can be sent back to the people that send in images, though. Especially for those that already have the capability to view them on a screen. It'd be great to send back an actual print, but financial considerations might get in the way of that right now.
laird - in reply to Guest
Speaking as the owner of a 3D printer (this is Thingiverse, after all) I would rather have the model than a print. =-X

So, what can you tell us about the software? Will you be open sourcing it, launching a company, etc.?
Looks to me like their using 123D Catch but I'd be interested to know as well if they're using custom software to stitch the models.
Hey Laird and Timmmmyboy -

We'd be happy to post your scan here if you'd like. Then you could download it and print it as well.

We're using 123D Catch to stitch the models together, but we normally have to manual work on the stitching as well - mostly just to fine tune the stitching process. Then we use Meshlab, Netfab
b, and Sculpturis to repair the model and get it ready to print. Most of the people on Thingiverse are probably already familiar with those, but there are links on the "resources" page of The Open Crowd Project website for others.

Brian
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