3D Scan Case Studies – 3D scan of a contemporary sculpture by the very talented Charlotte Jones
We recently carried out a 3D scan of a contemporary sculpture by Charlotte Jones (a contemporary Artist & Sculptor who lives in Worcestershire). Although the top and side sections of the sculpture were relatively straight forward to capture, the underneath section was obscured by a close fitting metal armature. This restricted the 3D scanners line of sight, which meant that we needed to reconstruct the underneath of the sculpture in digital post production, using reference photography. The four photographs below of show the sculpture and armature design.
The On-Site 3D Scan
This 3D scan was performed at the clients location in Worcester. After setting up our equipment we proceeded to 3D capture as much of the sculpture as possible, i.e. all areas where we had a clear line of sight. Hence we were able to capture all top and side sections at a high-resolution accuracy. However, as anticipate, we were unable to capture any of the underneath section due to this area being obscured by the armature. The 3D scan took approximately 2 hours to perform, and was saved in RAW data format ready for post production processing.
Post Production 3D Digital Cleanup
The RAW 3D scan data was initially prepared in the native scanning software. This enabled us to digitally trim off and remove the armature sections, which had been captured in the original scan. We then exported the RAW scan data as an OBJ file, to enable us to import the model into ZBrush sculpting software. Although ZBrush is a highly complex piece of software to master, it is an invaluable aid for our business that enables us to add that all-important final finish to 3D scans.
A Low-Res Interactive 3D Scan Example: Click the above image to interact with the model. You can rotate the model (1 finger), move up & down (two finger slide) and zoom IN & OUT (two finger spread). Allow between 10-20 seconds for the model to load.
Please Note: The above 3D interactive model is in fact a low resolution render generated from our actual 3D scan. Hence it doesn’t show the full resolution accuracy of our actual 3D scan data, as can be seen in the above images. However, it is necessary to use a low resolution version of our scan in order to enable realtime online rendering on mobile devices.
If you have a challenging 3D scanning project then we would love to hear from you.
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