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NextTodd
07-18-2009, 07:49 AM
Beta tester results with the new 2-axis robotic positioner:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=298aUVRcgKE&fmt=18

Shows scan result at the end of the movie.

INFINITE
07-19-2009, 12:18 PM
Hey thats quite cool. It seems quite handy for very small objects.

However this did look quite impressive for such a cheap system

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EblHQEdm-QM&fmt=18



(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EblHQEdm-QM&fmt=18)

Szos
07-20-2009, 04:19 AM
So how much do those scanners run now a days?

Animasta
07-20-2009, 06:23 AM
So how much do those scanners run now a days?

I'm seeing $2995 for the NextEngine scanner.

polygun
07-20-2009, 04:44 PM
So how much do those scanners run now a days?

The scanners are great, worth the money but sort of complicated to use. Sometimes the scans fail, sometimes they dont. Its more and more solid with every software update though

Szos
07-20-2009, 07:24 PM
I think the size of the scan area might be one of the biggest limitations.

NextTodd
07-20-2009, 10:24 PM
The dual-axis positioner is only useful for small objects (I think it has a 2 pound weight limit). But the scanner itself has a max field size of 10" x 13". Scans can be aligned to capture larger objects that don't fit on the turntable. The software analyzes the geometry to find the best fit between scans, provided there is some overlap. Take a look at the face scan (already posted above) for an example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EblHQEdm-QM&fmt=18

also this shows scanning some larger stuff:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bssjToihGVU&fmt=18

elfufu
07-21-2009, 11:37 PM
I have used this scanner on many professional projects, its very very cool.
every modeler should own this pice of machinery to gather 3D reference the way a matte painter gathers photographs

polygun
07-22-2009, 10:00 PM
agreed, here's one of my first test scans:
http://files.getdropbox.com/u/89642/nextengine.jpg

Im working on a terminator scene in my spare time as you can see from my avatar, unfortunately you cant really scan shiny objects so I wasnt able to scan my endo skull replica, so plain old photo refs for the skull

the arnold scan is going to be an awesome reference though for the face part

elfufu
07-22-2009, 10:05 PM
baby powder the thing, you should be able to scan it if you do

polygun
07-22-2009, 10:09 PM
I tried but it just skates right off the surface

3dtutorial
07-22-2009, 10:21 PM
Spray the surface with foot powder -- works every time :-)

Good luck.

J

::keith::
07-22-2009, 11:28 PM
I tried but it just skates right off the surface

Try some white face paint. Comes off easily with baby wipes and works well with this scanner (I have one too).

polygun
07-22-2009, 11:35 PM
Try some white face paint. Comes off easily with baby wipes and works well with this scanner (I have one too).


ehhhhhh...this is a sideshow replica, it cost me over 500 bucks. I dont think im brave enough to try!

NextTodd
07-23-2009, 12:46 AM
Electrostatic deposition comes to mind. I don't suppose you have a Van De Graff generator handy?

Joking :), but seriously, you could try this:

Put on some hard-rubber or plastic soled shoes and shuffle around on carpet for a few minutes while holding the piece in your hand. Then have a friend who is grounded disperse some talc power into the air around the object. It should stick!

I know it sounds silly... I haven't tried it before but it may actually work. For best results it should be a dry day or in an air-conditioned (low humidity) environment.

polygun
07-23-2009, 04:21 PM
Thanks! I'll give that a try, very interesting

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