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Innovative Applications for Low Cost 3D Scanning Using KScan3D

Posted By Pauline Tang on January 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM

With the launch of KScan3D in August, there is a low cost option for people to create innovative 3D scanning projects as the technology becomes more affordable. With KScan3D, Kinect hardware, and a PC or Mac running Windows OS, users can capture 3D scans with a click of a button. Here are a few KScan3D customers that use the 3D scanning software for innovative applications:

The Process of Creating 3D Sculptures of Pregnant Women by Get Babied

The 3D scanner is built on using multiple Kinects connected to KScan3D software. A pregnant woman can be scanned in 360 degrees using a slowly moving pedestal. Once the data is captured and processed, the information is sent to a 3D printer where a plastic cast is printed of the pregnant belly. Other personalized keepsake such as charms for bracelets and necklaces and ceramic busts can also be created using this technology.


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Sustainable Archaeology Animation Unit Creates Digital Archives of Archaeological Collections using 3D Scanning

Posted By Pauline Tang on December 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

PHOTO: Digital artifact produced by the HDI Advance 3D Scanner (Video of the 3D model in 360 degrees)

Sustainable Archaeology, and its Sustainable Archaeology Animation Unit (SAAU), has taken innovative steps to make Ontario’s archaeological records accessible to researchers, students, and the public without stepping into a museum or storage facility. Sustainable Archaeology is a research initiative at Western University funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. The SAAU, the first animation studio dedicated to archaeology, was established as a joint collaboration between Sustainable Archaeology, the Museum of Ontario Archaeology, and theskonkworks Inc. Its mandate is to combine three-dimensional (3D) artifact digitization and computer generated imagery (CGI) to achieve the long term preservation and digital archiving of Ontario’s archaeological heritage. The Animation Unit received funding from the Ontario Museums Technology Fund and a MITACS Accelerate Internship award.

One of the most important aspects of the SAAU is their commitment to accuracy and completeness when virtually reconstructing archaeological sites and artifacts. Sustainable Archaeology had contacted 3D3 Solutions to propose 3D scanning solutions that would allow for the digitization of large archaeological collections quickly and accurately. The system had to be able to handle large volumes of artifacts that range in different shapes and sizes, as well as encapsulate the true likeness of the artifacts with high resolution color and texture capture.

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3D Scanning Case Study: ScanMatter Studios Captures Design Intent for Brooks Sports

Posted By Thomas Tong on March 29, 2012 at 4:30 PM

This week’s blog post is contributed by 3D3 Solutions’ customer, Kevin Carr from ScanMatter Studios, Inc. 

Brooks Sports contacted ScanMatter Studios, Inc to explore the option of moving their physical-based shoe samples to the digital realm. Every color or material change on a physical shoe sample had to be ordered from the manufacturer which was not only costly, but had a long lead time to see the results. Creating a digital sample would allow the designers to see their changes in near real-time at a fraction of the cost. Now the question came, how do we create a digital sample that looks identical to the physical product? The Solution: 3D scanning. This would only require Brooks Sports to make one physical sample of each model in the season line up. Using 3D3 Solutions’ HDI Advance 3D Scanning System, we were able to capture the rich details needed to convey the design intent in a digital format. FlexScan3D, the 3D capture software included with the scanner, made it quick and easy to align and process the data. Photogrammetry data alignment, along with the turntable and high resolution color texture capture option, made the HDI Advance our preferred scanning system for product viz projects. In the end, the client was impressed with the time and cost savings as a result of the new process.

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RASCO Generates High Accuracy 3D Scans Using the HDI 3D Scanner

Posted By Pauline Tang on January 30, 2012 at 1:00 PM

RASCO Automotive Syste ms, a leading service provider of 3D Scanning, Reverse Engineering and Quality Inspection services, uses the HDI 3D Scanner to generate high accuracy 3D scans. RASCO produced a case study that explains how they use the HDI 3D Scanner for the automotive and mechanical industry.
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