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Old 02-21-2005, 10:35 PM
julian julian is offline
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3D scanning

I would like to get a 3d object into the computer as the first step before working on it (virtually) and later making a physical sculpture out of it.
Does anyone know how to scan (for instance, I need a static image of a man in the process of walking from a live model)? what are the technologies available? how about dynamic images, i.e. moving 3d objects? what are the keywords to find a company doing that in your city? what are the costs? what are the most common file types this info comes in (vrml?)? who has experience with that kind of stuff?

thanks for your time!
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Old 02-22-2005, 08:26 PM
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Re: 3D scanning

Clemson University has the technology to scan 3-d objects that exist in real space and digitize them then reproduce them in foam, wax, or stainless. Bqasically the techonology is based on a 3-d camera which scans the object and puts it in computer land and then it can be outputted ready for a cast. the technology is called Z-Cast, I would suspect that most research universities would have the technology although not in the art department, probably in the tech depts. Ours is in the center for environmental technology center. hope this helps
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Old 02-22-2005, 11:56 PM
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Re: 3D scanning

Johnson atiler has scanning capabilities. I would do a google search for 3D scanning services.
Here's Johnson atilier's website. They are in Tenton NJ, if that's not local to you the folks there are very helpful and can probably help you find something closer.
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Old 03-15-2005, 10:01 AM
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Re: 3D scanning


If you have a basic model of your sculpture and would like to quickly get the image into a 3d package like 3DS Max (without spending 4,000 USD on a MicroScribe arm) you can purchase a piece of software called iModeler from UZR.

It costs about 700 (USD), but it generates a decent 3d model from a series of digital photos taken at several angles. I have used the software and it is very good at building a basic 3d models. I don't use it myself because my sculpture tends to have deep spaces that the software can't model. Also, I don't recommend it if your intent is to scan in models for any kind of animation -- if that is your intent buy a MicroScribe.

Anyways, it's worth taking a look:

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Old 06-12-2005, 11:12 AM
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Re: 3D scanning

Scanning a live human being in motion, as you want to do, would require the use of motion capture equipment, such as that used by the motion picture industry. Here are a few companies who make this type of gear:

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