In this project I wanted to explore and learn the different techniques and use-cases of 3D scanning objects . After scanning several objects using a laser scanner (Structured Light Scanning) and also exploring different photogrammetry approaches we came up with three areas we wanted to focus on. Reproducing i.e. cloning objects, adjusting & matching things to real world objects in a unique way and enhancing & fixing an item.
With this in mind it was pretty clear that I also wanted to explore and master the new powder and inkjet 3D printer at my university.
Using both techniques mentioned above we replicated a little toy character (Woody from Toy Story) and transformed our heads into busts.
To cover the second area, a stone from the inner courtyard was scanned and a small cube was matched and printed to fit the corner of the stone perfectly.
For the last part, where we wanted to fix and enhance an object, we modified and recreated the Zenit B, a purely mechanical 50 mm SLR from the former soviet republic, produced between 1968-73. This was a complex and tricky endeavor.
Thanks to those areas I learned a lot about when to use practices like laser scanning and photogrammetry. Cleaning and fixing the meshes of the objects was a major part of the process and since pricing for most 3D printing materials is volume-based, I spent a lot of time hollowing out the models in 3D, which helped me to develop a deeper understanding on how to prepare models for printing. Not only on how to lower costs but also on how to make the most out of the material, structurally and aesthetically.