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DAVID 3D Scanner Starter Kit Review


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It should be noted that, if you do not want buy the € 199 shape aligning and merging tool, you can perform the same tasks for free with MeshLab .

Moreover the surface reconstruction algorithm inside the David sw tool it is (as reported by the David authors) the same of MeshLab, based on the Poisson surface Reconstruction algorithm that was kindly provided to the community by Michael Kazhdan and Matthew Bolitho under a very permissive BSD licensing (thanks Michael and Matthew!),
#1 ALoopingIcon (Homepage) on 2009-06-16 14:21 (Reply)
@ALoopingIcon: really? I wasn't aware that MeshLab had a mesh alignment/stitching module nowadays. That program keeps amazing me :-)

Still, there €199 package will also give you higher-resolution scanning, so if you're serious about this, it may be worth considering.
#2 Bart Veldhuizen on 2009-06-16 14:41 (Reply)
Here's a $395 kit I've been eyeing with interest. It comes with a laser stand and motorized base to automatically rotate the model for you, saving you alot of hassle. I haven't ordered it yet, as I'm still not too sure I need it. I'm pretty good at building stuff with photos by hand.

TriAngles 3D Scanning Kit

The only problem I have is making human faces, and this item is too slow for real-time capture. Unless the person is dead, their breathing alone would mess up any slow scan. I need to find something REALLY fast, and really cheap for doing faces.
#3 Walter Sharrow on 2009-06-22 03:10 (Reply)
Ever tried to make a mold with alginate or silicon? So you could scan faces...
#3.1 Spark on 2009-06-29 18:50 (Reply)
I don't want to capture a blank, unmoving face. I want to capture a living face, in real-time.

First off, plaster casting somebody's face displaying emotion would be hard to pull off under the best circumstances. Sure, you can adjust the model in the computer later, but it wouldn't be as realistic.

Secondly, just applying the plaster alone is a long, messy, and uncomfortable process. I'd like to make scans of people's faces instantly and turn those scans into busts and other sculptures. Something where anyone could sit down, smile, frown, look goofy, and in one-second, have a model of their head and shoulders.

I know there's plenty of expensive ways to do it, I'm just looking for a more affordable method.
#3.1.1 Walter Sharrow on 2009-06-29 19:56 (Reply)
Discovering this DAVID scanner software and then doing some more research on the web did actually lead me here to Shapeways about a month ago. I just now recieved my first print and will write a review in the forum later.
#4 LKmedia on 2009-06-30 15:11 (Reply)
Great! Please do share your results, thanks!
#4.1 Bart Veldhuizen on 2009-06-30 15:44 (Reply)
Hi there.
I'm very interested in experimenting with 3D scanning, and then printing my results with shapeways. Seems you're way ahead of me and I was wondering if you could please advise me as to what software and tools I should choose- there seem to be a few on the market. Did you use the DAVID software? If so, was it the free trial version or professional? Any help or advice would very much appreciated!

-David Krulik
#4.2 David Krulik on 2010-02-04 03:09 (Reply)
Is there a possibility for the Shapeways team to offer the scanning package to their users under a discount price (perhaps make a deal with David Systems)?

Every Shapeways designer should use 3D scanning in combination with 3D printing on your site!
#5 b on 2010-11-05 09:38 (Reply)
Thank you for the informative post. I was wondering if you could help me, I'm looking for a 3d scanner that can process dies, casting, forging, sheet metal and molded plastics part production. I was told to go to: 3d scanners but are there other options?
#6 Natasha Lambert on 2013-01-31 15:56 (Reply)

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