Mary Lim

Monday, March 21, 2016

dfab: remarkable thing #4

"The future is already here–it's just not very evenly distributed." –William Gibson

3D scanning opens a lot of doors, but it also has its limitations. One of them is that 3D scans are only possible with stationary objects. This makes it difficult to accurately scan body parts because it's impossible to stay completely still during the scan. Smakman, a student who sought to solve this problem, created a ring of cameras using a photogrammetry scanner. Using 32 cameras, he made it so that the images were captured simultaneously. He was able to produce hand scans with a small maximum deviation of 1.5mm. This could potentially create a custom wrist brace. If things could be 3D scanned within seconds, this cuts the time as well as increases accuracy.

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