An overview of 3D scanning and the purpose of Scannerbox
Scannerbox is primarily intended as a resource for interested parties from the Cultural Heritage and Creative sectors who wish to employ 3D scanning in their activities, whether for preservation or creativity support.
3D scanning is not a new technology by any means – it has been employed by the several fields and sectors for several decades. Archaeologists have used 3D scanning techniques to capture artefacts and monuments and study them in ways that would have been otherwise impossible.
Similarly the engineering sector has developed metrology as a domain specifically focusing on using 3D scanning for measurements, both for production and reverse engineering.
The creative industries have certainly not lagged behind: 3D scanning is commonly used to create 3D virtual assets of environments, objects and people for use in film and digital games.
However, while 3D Scanning has seen wide adoption, it is still a technology that is normally out of reach of most people and organisations. There are several reasons for this: the primary being cost, closely followed by the complexity and diversity of the required skill sets.
The cost of 3D scanning is directly related to the technology involved. Until recently, 3D scanning technologies have relied on range-sensing laser technologies. Laser-based 3D scanning, while tremendously accurate and reliable under ideal circumstances, is costly and has several disadvantages. The equipment itself, whole readily available on the commercial market even in handheld form, is extremely costly, and relies on proprietary hardware and software that require specific training and have questionable longevity and applications. Furthermore, the laser-based technology is unsuitable for several types of objects and is unable to scan shiny and translucent surfaces and objects, and the effects are further compounded when the scanner is used in uncontrolled environments, such as outdoors.
The same issues arise with another popular technique: Structured Light Scanning (SLS). PLACEHOLDER
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