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3D Scanning

What is 3D Scanning?
3D scanning is a method by which a physical object is captured as a cloud of spatially defined points, which can be interpreted as a triangulated surface mesh for digital modeling and manipulation.

How big can a 3D scan be?
3D models of large-scale objects can be created via photogrammetry if photos can be taken from multiple angles. Precision and detail of the 3D scan might suffer with this method.

The Ciclop scanner can achieve millimeter accuracy, but object size is limited to 5 cubic inches.

Which 3D scanners does the Cube offer?
The Cube offers 2 different techniques for creating 3D scans including a small format Ciclop laser scanner and photogrammetry with Autodesk Remake.

What kind of objects can be scanned?
Objects which have internal volumes or areas obscured from view will not have those aspects captured. Also, objects that are highly reflective or transparent don't scan well.

What types of files are created from 3D scanning?
Depending on which 3D scanning method you start with, you will either generate a pointcloud or mesh fil, either of which can be manipulated and converted for editing in software available in the Cube.

How much does it cost to make a 3D scan?
The Cube is offering the use of 3D scanners, software and our expertise free to students, faculty, and staff.

What can I do with a 3D scan?
Most people use 3D scans either to make a direct copy of an existing object (3D print) or to use as a model in the creation of an object intended to work with it.