3D Immortal – Human bust scan and 3D printing

3 June 2018 (updated 12 July 2020)

This product uses an Arduino Uno (IoT device) to control the movement of the time-of-flight ToF  sensor. It also gives voice instructions to the user to toggle various buttons, instructs them to look directly at the ToF sensor and then press a push-button when the scanning is completed.

The completed 3D-printed bust using, this Ianboake.com IoT product, is shown. It shows the bust printed in black PLA, albeit with the support material not removed, as yet, under my chin and it was not printed on a very good 3D printer.

If you want me to 3D-scan a similar bust of you, these will cost $50 each, so please email me. I do however suggest that you get it professionally 3D-printed, as the results will be substantially better than the example that you see here.

Gallery of images during the development stages:

3D Immortal in production.
Toggle switches and push-button used to control the ToF sensor, after being wired up.
The final 3D Immortal product.


Nicely 3D printed power line lattice towers (I did a model for work, demonstrating the principle of dynamic line ratings for power transmission lines for Ampeak2018 in Hobart, Tasmania)

When you have a great idea it is only a matter of time until that idea is copied and then monetized. I call this the “thousand monkey principle”. Up to a thousand people are given a similiar idea at the same time. It is then a race to the finish for whom can exploit the idea for commercial gain in the quickest way. In this instance, I concieved this idea, without any outside influence, in 2014 and then developed the above working prototype. I tried to get investors and partners but didn’t have the right relationships and connections to commercialize the idea. The developers of the product below came after me and have achieved that success. In Aus we say “Good on them!”. One advantage of mine is that it can scan a human bust, which the one below isn’t able to do:

MFStudio software-based, for 18 cm high by 25 cm wide items – 3D scanner, released to market in July 2020 (to my knowledge)

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