The presence of technologies is to facilitate our daily works. As I recently read, there is a news about a tailor shop located in Hong Kong which uses 3D scanning technology to create their suit products. An interesting fact for me considering that most tailors just using a measuring tape either utilizing such technology. The shop name is Gay Giano Tailor Studio which developed a 3D scanning technology to scan the detailed of client’s body and posture. They will ask their client to enter a room such as a fitting room that equipped with 14 infrared sensors. Once the 3D scanning is done, the measurement will be sent to a computer where the tailor can visualize their client’s body and design the perfect suit to satisfy the client needs. You can read the detailed news here (https://www.3ders.org/articles/20160107-3d-scanning-the-future-of-bespoke-suit-tailoring.html)
3D scanning technology itself is a technique to capture the shape of an object using a 3D scanner. Many different 3D scanning technologies exist to scan objects, environments, and people to produce 3D data. This 3D file is powerful data for better analysis and development in several industries, such as:
- Architecture: Scanning buildings in high detail for surveying purposes.
- Art/history: Scanning the artifacts or sculpture for effective restoration.
- Health industry: Scanning the detailed body parts, to increase the opportunity of surgical success.
- Animation: Scanning both people and environments to provide a realistic simulation.
- Geology: Scanning the aerial surface to produce topographic maps, etc.
One of the most popular types of 3D scanning is laser scanners, shoot the laser beam on the surface of the object then measure the deformation of the laser ray (distance to the object). The laser scanner types are either handheld or set up on a rotating platform. The handheld 3D scanner makes the operator hold the 3D scanner then points it at the object from different angles. After the process of scanning, the digital triangulated mesh of the object data can be opened in CAD software for remodeling, repairing, and customizing.
There are always limitations in technology, as well as in 3D scanning, especially in the way of 3D laser scanners. One of them is the size and shape of the object, it would be very difficult to points lasers at large object and aerial environment. To get such topographic image/maps, laser 3D scanner is not the right choice. The price of the 3D scanner device is also expensive, some small businesses or personal use is difficult to afford them. So, here is the solution. Imagine you can get a 3D data only with your camera or mobile phone just by taking several photos of the object together. Any object photos can turn to 3D object. You can also use your small drone to get 3D aerial data effectively. We will talk more about this later.