Re:laser scanning of halfmodel

Re:laser scanning of halfmodel

#33521
Mark Johnson
Participant

There are a number of tools available that can be used to convert a point cloud to a usable mesh. Awhile back we needed to work with a laser scan of an actor and, of course, the point cloud was dense and completely unusable for our purposes. A friend told me that Headus, a company in Australia, has great tools for this purpose. They were kind enough to give us an evaluation version of CySlice that had a 30-day time limit, I believe. It’s an awesome application and it allows you to build a beautiful subdivided mesh of any density using your point cloud as a base. Basically, you add points on top of your laser scan and build a mesh using it as the base reference. Since your points are all on the surface of your laser scan mesh, the result is a very accurate usable sub-d mesh. Their product is a bit pricey, but if you can get the trial version for 30 days you could easily convert your laser scan and any other files you have lying around. Their address is: http://www.headus.com/au/

I’m sure there are many other tools out there as well, since more and more people in the film, engineering and forensics communities are using LIDAR and other scanners. However, its hard for me to imagine anything better than CySclice for the use you’ve described.