Here’s a silly hack for you guys. Turn your head (or anything else really) into a stick shift handle!
All jokes about vanity aside, [Haqnmaq] has outlined an excellent Instructable on how to take 3D scans, manipulate them, and make them 3D printer ready. He’s chosen to use a Microsoft Kinect (one of the cheapest 3D scanners around) combined with some low-cost 3D software. He’s used both Skanect and Reconstructme with great success, which both have free (albeit slightly limited) versions. The model he used for his stick shift was actually taken at the 3D Printing Experience in Chicago.
Anyway, once you’ve gotten your 3D scan turned into a .STL file, it just needs to be imported into Netfabb Basic to make any repairs necessary before 3D printing. Find out what size nut your stick shift uses, add a cut extrude into your model (he used Autodesk’s 123D design software to do this), print it off, glue the nut in, and your done!
Regardless of whether or not you want your head shifting the gears, its an excellent introduction to 3D scanning to 3D printing.