What is desktop 3D scanning?

A scan of our mascot

At the Creative Tools 10’th anniversary 3D expo (video coming soon) we got a chance to scan our new mascot Barrii with one of the many different kinds of desktop 3D scanners available on the market today! Within seconds, the real object we lovingly call Barrii was copied into a 3D computer model, together with the gravely floor it was resting upon at the time. While this image is quite cool in it self, there are other kinds of desktop 3D scanners that does a much better job at turning real objects into computer models. In this video, Norm and Will from Tested gives us an in-depth understanding how these devices work, and their pro’s and con’s:

So if you have things that you would like to turn into 3D computer models, you should consider buying a desktop 3D scanner. And if you like our mascot, you should know that you can make your own mascot and design it in any way you want! You can read all about how to do that here:

How to make your own handy mascot!

3D scanning in real-time on a mobile phone!

For some projects, you may need to translate a real object into a 3D computer model so it can be printed, 3D printed or even laser cut. But how do you do it without spending huge amount of money on gear? You can use Autodesks free service “123D Catch“, but that takes time and it’s not suited for secret projects (since it sends all pictures via email). But Ivan Dryanovski and Matt Klingensmith have started “Project Tango”, a software development which could give you the freedom of scanning anything in real-time on your mobile phone! This video shows the current progress of this project, and even though it’s not perfect, it is extremely impressive. We have no doubt that this will be the number one mobile phone app in a near future!