If you own a 3D printer and have been searching for an affordable 3D scanner which you can use to take real-life objects into the digital world, you may be interested in a new system created by 3Digify Technologies aptly named 3Digify.
The 3Digify system allows you to combine cameras and a projector into a professional 3D scanner and has taken to the Kickstarter crowdfunding website this month to raise the €60,000 it requires for further development and to into production.
If successful 3Digify Technologies say they will publish the 3Digify software partially as open source and offer basic geometry acquisition for free. Watch the promotional video below to learn more about the 3Digify system and how it can combining both cameras and a projector hardware, some of which you may already have in your home or office, together to capture 3D scans.
Our solution consists of two applications that both run locally on your computer. 3Digify Scan takes control of the hardware and is used for the actual scanning. It enables you to position the devices correctly and guides you through the acquisition process. In order to support our vision of an extremely flexible platform, we want to make this tool open source: Add special, exotic cameras or completely integrate 3D scanning into your own application.
Of course, we will provide out-of-the-box support for most off-the-shelf hardware (e.g. webcams, DSLRs and computer vision cameras) and continuously add more devices. 3Digify Reconstruct performs the actual 3D reconstruction. Our technology is extremely flexible and only operates on the acquired images. It actually does not care …
… which camera model you used.
… how you positioned the cameras during acquisition.
… if you moved or adjusted the cameras during acquisition.
… if you turned the object manually, used a turntable or – in case of big objects – moved the scanner around the object.
Some of its features will be entirely free if this campaign succeeds, since we want to make this technology available for everyone. This means, that you will be able to compute a 3D mesh in common CAD file formats (suitable for e.g. 3D printing) without paying any money.
If you would like to have additional features such as ultra-high mesh resolution or color-, normal and displacement maps (as shown below), you can subscribe to all features for a small monthly fee.
For more information on the new 3Digify 3D scanner system jump over to the Kickstarter website for details.