Tutorial: 3D scanning for free!

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Community member Phil Nolan shows how to 3D scan objects using freely available tools. He starts off by taking a series of photos of a rock, and then runs it through Visual SFM and CMVS to build a point cloud. Finally, MeshLab reconstructs the rock’s surface into a regular mesh. He even shares his original collection of photographs if you want to follow along.

Here’s the result of Phil’s tutorial on Sketchfab:

Rock Video by philnolan3d on Sketchfab

Awesome work Phil, thanks for sharing!

– Bart


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  • Tory says:

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  • Don Phipps says:

    can you use that program in inkscape or on a cnc router. I am looking for a program that will let me do 3 axis or 4axis wood working.
    Great video –Thanks

  • Bart Veldhuizen says:

    Inkscape is 2D, so it’s not suitable for these kind of models. As for CNC routing, you’d probably have to do a lot of manual cleanup before it can be processed.

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