3D Scanning

This week, our class learned the basics of 3D scanning and I realized how there is no longer a limitation of representing 3D in 2D.

Why is 3D Scanning important

3D Scanning can be used when it is difficult to model an object, adding  or fixing items that already exist (eg. Alma Matter), and in aiding to preserve items.  Museums are using the scanning to preserve old artifacts and to make the print look like the original for an exhibit! Additionally, it allows for a documentation and preservation analysis that were not available before. Researchers can get a much better understanding of the historic artifact using this technology.

Check out the link below to see what the University of Iowa is doing to preserve artifacts with 3D scanning:


Scanning in class

After learning the basics of 3D Scanning, some of my classmates were able to make a 3D printed bust of themselves! They did that by having another classmate take a scan of them from an iPad that had an attachment. I am not quite sure what the attachment was but I believe it was a structure sensor which is essentially a strip of cameras and sensors you strap to your iPad that can be used to scan, measure, and project things into the world around you.


Afterwards, there are a couple more steps before the busts can be created and MeshMixer was the new modeling software  introduced to assist us with the project.  MeshMixer is a prototype design tool based on high-resolution dynamic triangle meshes and is a part of Fusion 360. We are primarily using this software to clean up our 3D scan if needed. Next week, when I am able to create my bust, I will go into the steps and processes required to make a personalized bust! I am very excited to get to do this project and enhance my skillset in this field.

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