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Low cost 3_d_scanning_v1.1


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An introduction to low-cost 3D scanning. Given at FabFuse 2012 (

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  1. 1. FabFuse 2012:Low cost 3D scanning Ramun Berger
  2. 2. Agenda● Introduction● Overview over some tools● The workflow (Demo)● Q&A
  3. 3. Disclaimer1.This presentation is about the experiences I have made with 3D scanning in the past 6 month.2.It is meant as an entry point and a kickstart for persons who want to start 3D scanning without big costs.3.It doesnt cover the technical details but focusses on the practical aspects.4.To get a more in-depth view on the different methods and techniques, see for instance: 1. 2.
  4. 4. Agenda● Introduction● Overview over some tools● The workflow (Demo)● Q&A
  5. 5. About me and my company: 89grad● Living in Berne (Switzerland)● 1y old daughter● Professional background: ● Communication Systems at EPFL ● R&D group of Swisscom ● Creation of own startup company in 2010● Hobbies: Sports, Tinkering, Photography, IT● 89grad ● Innovation & Prototyping ● (Mini-)FabLab Bern
  6. 6. Why would you want to 3D-scan an object?● As soon as you have a 3D printer, one of your new hobbies will consist in collecting (and printing, of course!) 3D models.● You can draw the models yourself (any CAD), program them (e.g. OpenSCAD), download them (e.g. and so on...● But sometimes, you would simply like to have a copy of that physical object in front of you.
  7. 7. How I got into 3D printing...● I was playing around with some tools, but nothing seriously. And dropped the subject.● A client called to have a toy figure printed out.● But: He did not really have the 3D model. He wanted to be the model itself...
  8. 8. Agenda● Introduction● Overview over some tools● The workflow (Demo)● Q&A
  9. 9. How does 3D scanning work (basics!)Source:
  10. 10. Some of the systems I have tried out...Tool Can be Advantag Disadvantages Tools W M i a L i W e Link used for es needed n c n b u xDAVID Small Cheap Rather Line laser, x http://www.david-Laserscanner objects complicated webcam workflowTrimensional Portraits Very easy Low quality IPhone 4+ x to useMatherix Persons, Free Rather slow, Kinect x portraits closed beta m/123D Catch Midsize to Free Good lighting Photo x x big objects needed camera tchReconstruct Midsize to Powerful, Picky wrt Kinect x http://reconstructme.netMe big objects (free) hardware /FabScan Small Dedicated Yet another box Line laser, x http://hci.rwth- objects solution webcam
  11. 11. DAVID LaserscannerSource:
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  16. 16. FabScanSource:
  17. 17. And there are a lot of custom solutions, based on existing frameworks like e.g. OpenKinect or OpenFramework.Source:
  18. 18. Agenda● Introduction● Overview over some tools● The workflow (Demo)● Q&A
  19. 19. The 3D scanning workflow is pretty straightforward.● Get the model you want to scan. ● Obvious.● Scan it. ● See two possible ways in a few seconds...● Clean it up (might take several iterations). ● Might take quite some time, depending on how you created the model.● Use it. ● :-)
  20. 20. Walk-through of 123D Catch
  21. 21. Results of
  22. 22. ...and of course, printed out :-)
  23. 23. Many tools can be used to clean-up the models and further process them...● MeshLab: Viewing and editing many 3D file formats.● MeshMixer: Creating 3D Mash-ups● NetFabb: Cleaning 3D ModelsA useful primer on cleaning:
  24. 24. Agenda● Introduction● Overview over some tools● The workflow (Demo)● Q&A
  25. 25. Feel free to contact me anytime! Ramun Berger 89grad GmbH Mottastrasse 1 CH-3005 Bern Switzerland +41 79 597 35 60
  26. 26. Perfektgenug.