What are 3D scanning services and how can they be used?
3D scanning services are used to capture highly accurate three dimensional data of physical objects in order to map an objects 3D form. Superscan use a broad range of the latest 3D scanning technologies in order to capture objects at high precision accuracy. We are then able to import this 3D digital scan data into advanced sculpting and mastering software in order to create a fully mastered three-dimensional 3D digital model. This is then typically exported as a 3D digital model file, in either OBJ or STL file format (common 3D printer formats).
This 3D model data can then be used to output a high accuracy physical model using either a 3D printing or CNC milling process. Hence, we regularly use this process to create ‘film props’ and ‘film set’ elements for film productions and studios. We also use the same process to enable artists and sculptors to upscale existing works of fine art into fully size mould masters for bronze casts.
In addition to 3D scanning services, we also offer in-house 3D printing services in order to convert our amazing 3D scans into accurate physical models at virtually any scale.
Who are Superscan 3D?
Superscan was founded in 2015 by a team of film industry creative professionals. We use the very latest 3D digital technologies (Laser arm, Lidar, Photogrammetry etc) to achieve outstanding results for our clients, and at highly competitive prices. We have established a strong reputation for delivering outstanding creative solutions for UK based film and television productions, creative agencies, museums, fine art sculpture replication and heritage conservation.
- High Resolution 3D Scanning Services
- Film Production 3D Scanning Services
- Film Production Set Decoration & Fabrication
- Fine Art Sculpture 3D Scanning
- Virtual Tour Film Recce Services
What 3D scanning technologies do we use?
The simple answer is all of them! We use ‘3D Laser Lidar Scanning’ for acquiring building and set fabrication assets (internal and external) as well as for larger open spaces. We use ‘Photogrammetry 3D Scanning’ for various applications including full 3D body scans for film and television VFX, Props, Set Decoration, 3D assets etc. Additionally, we use ‘3D Laser Arm Scanning’ to acquire smaller high detail objects (see below example). Such high precision 3D scanning systems enable us to cover a broad spectrum of 3D scanning applications.
Find out how we created this identical 12th century hand carved ivory replica.
How do we calculate a cost for 3D scanning your object?
The cost of a 3D scan greatly depends on a number of key factors, so it’s really important to understand that every object is different and therefore needs to be quoted for on an individual basis. Accordingly, our 3D scanning costs are generally based upon five factors:
- Size of object to be 3D scanned
- Complexity of object – Level of detail / any line-of-sight challenges
- Material type – Colour, texture, shiny surfaces, dark surfaces etc
- Geographic location – Where is the object the located?
- Post scan digital cleanup requirements (Retopology) – The level of post-scan 3D digital cleanup and mastering required in order to deliver a high quality 3D digital model ready for 3D printing or another application.
From 3D laser scan to traditional foundry cast bronze
3D scanning services tailored to your specific requirements
We work with a broad cross-section of clients from a wide range of industries, so projects tend to be very wide-ranging. Some clients simply require a high accuracy 3D scan of an object, to be supplied in either OBJ or STL file format. Other clients want a complete end-to-end solution, i.e. ‘From Hi-Res 3D scan to a fully finished 1:1 scale physical replica’ as above and below. So, whatever your requirement, we are happy to provide guidance and advice on the best way to achieve your objective.
3D body-scan of British rapper and songwriter ‘Headie One’ for his debut album release video
We were delighted to be asked to perform a high resolution 3D body scan of ‘Headie One’, which was used to create a giant statue asset in his music latest video. With thanks to Ghandi, Taz, Tia and the team at Relentless (Sony).
Producing 3D scans for ‘Tomb Raider’ the movie
Recent film production 3D scanning projects include working on Tomb Raider where we were delighted to work alongside Warner Bros amazing production team on their latest ‘Tomb Raider’ release. Our 3D scanning services were used in a variety of sequences throughout the film, in order to achieve various special effects for: Set Decoration, Props and CG VFX. An amazing action packed movie not to be missed! Find out more about our work in Film Production 3D Scanning.
Or find out about our amazing range of ‘HDR 360° Virtual Tour Services’ by clicking on the above image.