Deutsch, español, français, Hausa, Igbo, Bahasa Indonesia, italiano, Kiswahili, Kreyòl ayisyen, Malagasy, Bahasa Melayu, português, русский, Soomaaliga, Tagalog, Việt, Türkçe, Yorùbá, தமிழ், नेपाली, 中文, اردو, 한국어, 日本語, العربية, فارسی, עִברִית, हिन्दी, ไทย, বাংলা, తెలుగు, ગુજરાતી, ລາວ, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ, සිංහල Wanted: Students to make a distributed future with solar-powered open-source 3-D printing. Contact Dr. Joshua Pearce or Apply here MOST: Projects and Publications, Methods, Lit. reviews, People, Sponsors Twitter updates @ProfPearce For a real world item, such as a photograph, an alternative is to use a group of images/photographs taken at slightly different angle and with different focus points. Using the open source software VisualFSM you can convert the collection of images into 3d cloud of point data - which can then be edited by Meshlab for printing. See http://wedidstuff.heavyimage.com/index.php/2013/07/12/open-source-photogrammetry-workflow/ for a tutorial on how to do it. Free cost but not open source: http://www.selva3d.com. Upload your file and it is converted to STL following 3 steps, without need to download any software. Source.