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How To Turn A Single Photo Into A 3D Model & 3D Print

Are objects from photos 3D printable? Recently, a new app made quite a stir: Smoothie-3D promised to provide an easy modeling tool that gets you from a single photo to a printable 3D model. Now we put the app to the test: we converted a photo to a 3D model and printed it!

Finding software for converting a photo to a 3D model

One of the highest bars to pass to enter the world of 3D printing is learning how to create a custom 3D model. While online printing services facilitate the printing process itself, it often seems that there’s no way around 3D modeling.

But now the new modeling application Smoothie-3D offers a simple solution: A free online tool that makes creating 3D models as easy as possible and promises users a simple ‘Photo to 3D’ experience. No prior modeling expertise or software download is required. All you need is a single picture of the object you want to 3D print.

Getting the right picture for your 3D model

First, we looked for a picture of a squirrel and found this one. It would be an image that was taken from the side, as it makes modeling much easier. It should also be a photo that looks similar on the other (hidden) side of the object. That’s why this photo of a squirrel is great: we know that its looks the same from both sites.