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3D Scanning

3D scanning is a technique useful to many subject areas including; Forensic Science, Sports Science, Design, Engineering, Archaeology, Building Conservation and Games Design

Scanning an object with a hand held scanner

3D scanning takes many forms to suit the scale and detail of the target subject. There are a number of types of scanner available at UCLan including Static scanners for capturing motionless objects and Dynamic scanners for capturing moving objects. These scanners come in many shapes and sizes including hand-held models for smaller objects, larger portable ‘survey’ type models for room & landscape scanning and fixed room installations for large object/person scanning.

This technology is supported by a university cross-disciplinary 3D imaging group dedicated to promoting the use of 3D technologies and assessing the suitability of using different technologies in a variety of applications.

ZScanner 700 (object hand-held type)

The Z-Scanner 700 is a truly portable infra-red laser scanner. This self-positioning, real-time surfacing 3D scanner helps Students improve their design throughout the manufacturing process.

Connected to a laptop via a single FireWire cable, setup is quick and scanning objects is easy, fast, and accurate. Objects can be Scanned in one single operation and sent to print from the bundled software available with the scanner.

The Z-scanner has been used in some tight for space places that none self-positioning have been unable to scan because of their reliance on external positioning targets that must be kept insight.

The range of staff and students who have used this scanner includes the following subject areas; Animation, Product Design, Games Design, Motorsport Engineering, Archaeology, Forensic Science and Textile Design.

Using a hand-held scanner 

Using a hand-held scanner 

Using a hand-held scanner 

Artec Eva & Spider (object hand-held types)

Artec hand held scanners 

Artec Eva

 

The Eva is the suitable for making a quick, textured and accurate 3D model of medium sized objects such as a human bust, an alloy wheel, or a motorcycle exhaust system. It scans quickly, in high resolution and in colour, which allows for a wide range of applications.

 

Artec Spider

 

The Spider is suitable for capturing small objects or intricate details of large objects with steadfast accuracy and brilliant colour.

This scanner has the ability to render complex geometry, sharp edges and thin ribs. It is ideal for scanning objects such as moulding parts, PCBs, keys, coins or even a human ear. The final 3D model can then be exported to CAD software.

 

Faro Focus 3D-S 120 (landscape type)

The Faro 3D Laser Scanner uses infra-red lasers to accurately plot rooms and structures within a 60m radius and has the facility to stitch multiple plots together using targets. It also collects colour photographic images which are superimposed onto the plot in order to create a 3D image.

This equipment provides a very useful tool for examining crime scenes as well as historical/prehistoric rooms and landscapes. It has been used extensively by staff and students in our fire investigation department to record experimental fire scenes by Forensic Science researchers.

The Faro scanner used for fire scene anaylsis 

It also has been used by members of the Archaeology department to record the site of a First World War military hospital in a cellar in Auchonvillers in France. This temporary hospital was directly connected to a trench system and still contains graffiti relating to soldiers who were taken there. In addition to the cellar, the museum on site was also scanned with a view to developing an interactive online museum.

Research & fixed room installations

The following equipment forms a part of the research based Computer Vision Laboratory and is therefore primarily to support research activities, but in some cases may be accessed by special arrangement:

  • 3D dynamic passive stereovision from Dimensional Imaging (DI)
    Fixed installation, capable of capturing a deformable object. Designed to produce high resolution, high frame-rate 3D images of objects at a fixed distance from the scanner. Includes full colour rendering.
  • 3D dynamic active (infrared) stereovision from 3dMD
    Fixed installation, capable of capturing a deformable object. Designed to produce high resolution 3D images of objects at a fixed distance from the scanner. Includes full colour rendering.
  • 3D static – fringe projection pattern from InSpeck
    Portable, suitable for scanning rigid or very slowly deforming objects
  • 3D dynamic time of flight - range data (Swiss Ranger)
    Very compact single camera system, using infrared illumination technology. Low resolution with very limited rendering capability.
  • Kinect
    Portable equipment (hand held) system. Includes full colour rendering.
  • Bumblebee stereo system from PointGray
    Portable equipment (hand held) system, stereo camera system. Includes full colour rendering.

Please contact the Head of Robotics and Computer Vision, Bogdan Matuszewski for further information regarding this equipment. (see contact details below)

3D dynamic passive stereovision from Dimensional Imaging (DI) 

inSpeck System

3D dynamic active stereovision from 3dMD 

Dimensional Imaging System

3D dynamic time of flight - range data (Swiss Ranger) 

Kinect System

Key equipment available

  • Faro Focus 3D-S 120 (landscape type)
  • ZScanner 700 (object hand-held type)
  • 3D dynamic passive stereovision from Dimensional Imaging (DI)
    (Fixed installation)
  • 3D dynamic active (infrared) stereovision from 3dMD
    (Fixed installation)
  • 3D static – fringe projection pattern from InSpeck
    (Portable - research based)
  • 3D dynamic time of flight - range data (Swiss Ranger)
    (Very compact single camera system - research based)
  • Kinect
    (Portable equipment (hand held) system - research based)
  • Bumblebee stereo system from PointGray
    (Portable equipment (hand held) system - research based)

Contact Staff

Clare Bedford | Technician | Room / Landscape scanner
+44 (0)1772 89 3235 | Maudland Building MB114
CBedford@uclan.ac.uk

Chris Clements | Technician | Object hand-held scanners
+44 (0)1772 89 3386 | Victoria Building VB325A
CClements1@uclan.ac.uk

Francis Neale | Senior Technician | Object hand-held scanners
+44 (0)1772 89 4341 | Victoria Building VB026B
FNeale@uclan.ac.uk

Bogdan Matuszewski | Academic | Head of Robotics and Computer Vision (Research & fixed installations)

LIS Customer Support Team LISCustomerSupport@uclan.ac.uk
+44 (0)1772 89 5355

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