While the 3D printing industry experienced heightened interest from 2011 to early 2013, when everyone thought they would have a 3D printer at home and print out customized objects, in 2017 it still hasn’t quite turned out that way.
However, even though the 3D scanner has not been the talk of the town yet, the technology is quietly galloping along and gaining momentum among professionals.
Interest in 3D Printers (red) vs. interest in 3D Scanners (blue) since 2004 on Google Trends
Today, professionals and university researchers in various fields – ranging from Archaeology, Architecture and Reverse Engineering, to Education, and Biomedical Science – are using 3D scanning in exciting and innovative ways.
Take Digital Humanities for example. Courses at universities which utilize digital technologies for humanities subjects, such as History and Archaeology, at Middlebury College in Vermont are using DAVID SLS-3 3D scanners to make new discoveries and extend creativity.
The digitization of artifacts through 3D scanning is enabling researchers to accurately measure these precious and delicate items, as well as analyze the objects in more detail by being able to study and digitally compare the resulting 3D scanned files.
At Eastern Washington University in Washington, big data analytics is being applied to 3D scanned files as well, through combining and cross-analyzing 3D scanned files with other digital results, such as topography data, to help archaeologists pinpoint exactly what period the artifact was created in.
Combining different digital data is widely applied in the Biomedical field as well. At Columbia University in New York, range of data findings are being overlaid onto the surface data from human body parts to visualize symptoms better in 3D.
Another benefit of digitization is the dramatic ease of sharing knowledge, as we already experience with the web. But what is different with 3D scanning data is that it enables new ways of interacting with objects digitally that you could never have done physically, be it through a digital touch display, augmented reality or virtual reality. There is no limit to the digital interaction possibilities.
3D scanning is now cantering towards a wider market as mainstream technology companies, such as HP, adopt 3D scanning technology into their product lines.
Universities, medical study groups and engineering firms have been using 3D scanning solutions to pave the way for advancement in their respective industries and are taking 3D precision scanning to jump to the next level.
3D scanning is an enabler to so many applications but is rather quietly doing its work so you may be surprised how important it is when the whole virtual world goes 3D. At Growshapes we can’t wait so watch this space.
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Among the large displays, autonomous cars and cool gadgets, new 3D scanners were on show at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017. Growshapes observed continued improvements in automation, speed and precision in 3D scanning technology. Different 3D scanner setups from rigs, desktop to handheld to facilitate 3D scanning of different objects types and sizes were some highlights too.
At this year’s CES, HP debuted the Sprout Pro G2 that integrates a 3D scanner into a desktop computer. Hold an object in your hand under the Illuminator, rotate the object to take several scans and boom, the 3D Capture feature will automatically stitch the scans together, erase your fingers and create a full 360 degree scan of the object! Sprout Pro G2 is not aimed at precision scanning like the DAVID SLS-3 scanners, but this integrated 3D scanning functionality provides endless possibilities for users to quickly share information, ideas and research as a 3D digital scan. It can empower developers, researchers and students to start thinking about how to maximize the potential of 3D scanning. Obtaining object data in real-time has never been easier as this state-of-the-art 3D application allows anyone to transfer a real life object to the 3D application within minutes.
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Today the 3D scanning industry is just beginning to tap into e-commerce as retailers are 3D scanning products such as clothing, shoes, jewelry and home items. 3D scanning technology can accurately capture the shape, color and size of various items. The 3D scanned images can provide the user the ability to zoom in and out as well as view items from multiple angles, providing a better look at what you are about to buy online.
Additionally, 3D scanning of people and faces continue to advance with 360 degree scanning, minimizing the challenge of people moving while being 3D scanned. The use of scanned humans is endless as from biometric security systems, custom medical devices, surgical and dental analysis to computer-generated imagery (CGI) for gaming and family portraits.
With the democratization of 3D scanning, students can start to embrace digitizing the world in 3D and developers can go beyond scratching the surface to fully embrace 3D scanning and create solutions to advance all industries. Stay tuned with Growshapes for more 3D scanning industry updates and uses of this amazing technology.
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Today we are just scratching the surface of what 3D scanning technologies can do.
Many people will be familiar with scanning photos or documents, or have been to the medical room for MRI, CT and ultrasound scans – these are largely comprehended in 2D. We are now looking to the next generation of scanners that can understand the world in 3D.
Currently 3D scanning has its limitations – high precision equipment is very expensive, low-end products do not offer the required precision for some applications, some 3D scanners only cater for certain-sized objects and the complexity of applying the 3D-scanned files to other applications is not so straightforward.
Technology continues to improve with better software to improve the application of laser and structured light, which are the two dominant technologies for 3D scanning today. New technology such as photogrammetry, using depth sensing from cameras, are coming to the market enabling basic 3D scanning with just a smartphone.
From our base in Silicon Valley, Growshapes is influencing the 3D-scanning industry to build better products and by sharing intelligence, while we enable businesses and organizations to innovate through 3D. Working together we are building a better future for everyone. We have more than 500 partners operating in a variety of industries; from automotive to architecture, education to medical and many other areas of expertise.
Our aim is to be responsive to our customers’ needs, through advice and tutorials to enable them to achieve their visions, whatever they might be. Growshapes is a certified reseller of DAVID 3D/HP 3D scanning solutions and an HP Silver Partner – an endorsement that makes us proud.
See the innovators on our social media channels to get the latest expert news on innovation in 3D digitization, then share your thoughts and join the conversation about 3D digital innovation with #digitize3D
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Now is your chance to start or upgrade your 3D scanning with DAVID 3D scanning solutions!
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If you want to upgrade your single camera SLS-3 to a stereo camera solution, you can get this upgrade kit with DAVID 5 software that allows 3D scanning of shiny surfaces
SLS-3 Stereo Camera Upgrade Kit $1,795 is offered for $1,705 ($90 off)
If you want to upgrade your single camera SLS-2 to a single camera SLS-3 solution you can get this HD camera upgrade kit too.
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We live in an information society where we can consume a multitude of information on various devices, but the digital information we consume today is still predominantly 2D.
The drive to digitizing almost everything is rapidly shifting from 2D to 3D as you can see in the investment being made into Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality and Virtual Reality by major companies such as Google, Microsoft, Intel and HP. 3D is not only for the entertainment domain, however. It is already being used in medicine, architecture, engineering, design, manufacturing, archaeology, and cosmetic surgery.
But here are three ways that it will affect the lives of most people in the next 20 years:
So, 3D scanning technologies are likely to play a bigger role in 3D digitization of the world, understanding the world in 3D and archiving the world in 3D. As more applications requiring 3D content, 3D recognition and 3D comprehension increase, so will the demand for 3D scanning. Technology will continue to advance as the need to digitize everything you can see into a virtual 3D model will only increase.
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With HP acquiring DAVID scanning technology in November to add to their range, the future of 3D-scanning has taken a giant leap.
And, as an HP Silver Partner for this specialized technology, at Growshapes we are proud at be at the forefront of what’s happening. We thought we’d share a few things you may not have been aware of regarding 3D scanning:
3D scanning technologies could play a bigger role in 3D digitization of our world, understanding the world in 3D, and archiving the world in 3D. As new applications are designed that exploit the full potential of contents that are captured and created in 3D, consumption of 3D digital content will rise and so will the demand for 3D scanning. Online shopping in 3D; museums with 3D digital archives; engineers analyzing 3D data; and developments in the field of medicine will become truly customized solutions. Just imagine… the 3D scanning technology will continue to innovate to realize the vision of digitizing everything you can see into 3D.
New discoveries are being made every day. If you would like to know more about the endless possibilities with 3D scanners, you can visit here for images, video and new ways the equipment is being used.
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DAVID 5 software has been designed to overcome the challenges of 3D scanning glossy and reflective surfaces with its brand new and patented Structured Light patterns!
No matter whether you are using one or two cameras, DAVID 5 will project our new stripe pattern sequence on the object.
This new structure light strip pattern is more robust against reflections, so the big advantage is that glossy/reflective surfaces can be scanned much better.
Of course we still can't do magic, so e.g. glass, mirrors or other very shiny surfaces will still be difficult to scan, so you will need to keep using a white coating spray like a Magnaflux Developer Spray or actually a foot spray will do too.
But even without spray, especially metal can be scanned much better, as the below example demonstrates. See how much the scan is improved with DAVID5 software.
Test Scene - notice the strong reflections!
Single scan result with conventional SL (DAVID4):
Exactly the same setup scanned with DAVID5:
With the new DAVID 5 software, the DAVID 3D scanning solutions can now support 3D scanning using two cameras!
There are two modes: "Stereo" and "Extended View". Compared to one camera (mono), stereo will give you an improved scan precision. The Extended View mode, as the name suggests, covers more surface region in one scan.
Of course 3D scanning with just one camera is also possible with DAVID5 as well but with dual camera your 3D scanning possibilities can extend further.
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