On 17 Jul, 17:04, Bulldog <"Percussion Engineer"> wrote:
No, but I can recommend an expensive service for scanning major plant.
This is an emerging area I am interested in, and I realised the other
day that a really rich modeller would be able to make most existing
things at any scale by a) Laser scanning the subject (a steam engine,
your beloved, or even the missus) b) Using the so-called 3D printing
to make a physical prototype at any desired scale, c) Making a
silicone rubber mould, d) using the mould to make a wax replica, and
finally e) Investment casting the finished object.
Armed with that lot you could scale model almost anything and in quite
impressive detail, sadly my personal budget will not stretch to such
exotic techniques, and my work only involves big-scale petrochemical
I've seen the results of that type of scanner. At the scene of a faked
RTA a traffic cop set up a device on a tripod, after a few minutes
moving it to a 2nd then a 3rd location. It created a 3d image of the
entire scene showing the exact positions of all the vehicles involved
which he was able to rotate & view from differant points.
I think what I'm looking for is someone with a NextEngine type scanner
that is happy to do odd jobs.
On 20 Jul, 12:51, Bulldog <"Percussion Engineer"> wrote:
Good point - I want to use the same technology to scan ladies before
they go flabby. Though I am probably a bit late in life - but maybe I
can market the idea to younger people and be involved in quality
One problem is registering the scans from different positions, so I
expect the copper will have inserted balls (spheres) in various
locations. These are identical when scanned from any angle, so allow
you to lock scans from different locations together without needing to
survey the location of the scanner.
Funnily enuff, when researching laser scanning thru Google I came across
a sculptor with a huge 10'+ 4 axis CNC mill. Scans a person, touches it
up a little, converts it to CNC GCode then his 4 axis mills it out of
some kind of foam . . . et voila' a pattern for a cast statue within a
couple of days.
I reckon there are enuff vain & wealthy people around to earn good money
from that !
I remember a lot of lime green squares, like cats eyes dotted about the
scene but the merging of the scans seemed to be automatically done by
"Bulldog" <"Percussion Engineer"> wrote in message
Not personally, however a flyer happened to cross my desk today from this
company http://www.metris.com/ which may be able to help identify a company
close to you which might help? They supply laser digitisers to industry. It
could be worth a call depending on how desperate you are. I am in no way
involved with this company, I happen to work with co-ordinate measuring
machines working for BAE Systems and receive several flyers each week from
various companies trying to sell upgrades/new machines.
Depends what you want scanning. I can scan objects in 2.5D using a
Roland machine, but it uses a probe to scan with. Been fine for the
work I do. Items upto 200mm x 150mm x 60mm, also rotary scanning upto
60mm diameter and 150mm long.
Polytechforum.com is a website by engineers for engineers. It is not affiliated with any of manufacturers or vendors discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.