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App review: in the shape of 3D

3D printing is getting more accessible and affordable and the Shapematic app is further evidence of the trend.

Italian developers Floaty have created the app to turn a series of images taken on your smartphone from different angles into a 3D model.

Its capturing and reconstruction software works with iPhones from 4 and up and iPads and doesn’t need to go via a server to process the image into a model.

The raw material doesn’t have to be a series of stills, it could also be a video you’ve already taken. Once you have your model, you can geotag the location and add notes, request a 3D print of your model and share it using Facebook, Twitter or email.

The app is a tasty prospect for makers or anyone looking to get into 3D printing but needs real world ideas about what to print. 

Amanda Sachtleben is an Auckland writer and social media type, who's also Idealog's former tech editor and business journalist.

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