A while back I wrote a blog article that featured how Candy
Mechanics (or anyone else for that matter) can
use Autodesk Forge to create 3D chocolate lollipops
where each is a 3D model of a person’s head.
Rather than let the story end there, I decided to put my money
where my mouth is and order myself some chocolate creations.
Recall that Autodesk Forge is
Autodesk’s set of
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) for our
web services (along with supporting materials like sample
code and documentation) and a community of developers who use
So here’s how the story unfolded:
The process starts with a video. I had my colleague,
visiting Secretary of Defense Fellow,
Zachary Miller, film me:
It’s important to stay still during the filming. This was a
little more challenging than I thought. I kept wanting to
follow the iPhone as it moved around my head. I did smirk
at the end, but that last second can be ignored.
I uploaded the video to the Candy Mechanics website. About
20 minutes later, I got an email when their server had
used Autodesk ReMake
to convert the video into a 3D model.
The Candy Mechanics server used the Forge Model
Derivative API to convert my 3D model into a
Simple Vector Format (SVF) file that can be viewed natively
with the browser using the Forge Viewer.
Using an SVF file instead of just an image lets me pan,
zoom, and orbit my head in a variety of flavors.
I zoomed in some. I could have zoomed in even more, but I
wanted to still see the majority of my face rather than
just my nose.
In addition, orbiting lets me check out the top, bottom,
and both sides.
Try the Forge…