3D Scanning

  • Ordinarily, if you want to create a lifelike 3D digital model of someone's face, a 3D scanner and/or multiple cameras are required. Now, however, scientists from Carnegie Mellon University have created a system that lets a smartphone do the job.
  • After over decade of development, the world’s first full-body medical scanner has produced its first images. The groundbreaking imaging device is almost 40 times faster than current PET scans and can capture a 3D picture of the entire human body in one instant scan.
  • San Francisco's Naked Labs has started shipping its 3D-scanning smart mirror with rotating scale. Connected to a mobile app, the Naked scales build 3D models of your body, then track them through your hypothetical healthy transformation.
  • Science
    ​You know those displays of labelled insects stuck on pins? Well, they decay over time, and sometimes even get eaten BY an insect known as the museum beetle. That's why German scientists have created a more permanent alternative – an automated 3D scanner designed specifically for imaging insects.
  • ​As we all know, finding a pair of shoes that fits isn't as simple as knowing your shoe size. Depending on the footwear, you might go half a size either way, or the shoes may simply not fit no matter what. A new 3D scanning system, however, is designed to take the guesswork out of the situation.
  • The American Dental Association recommends cleaning between teeth at least once per day. Generally, this is done using a strand of dental floss. Though important, it does take time. What if you could floss all your teeth in one bite? That's what Blizzident is promising with its 3D-Flosser.
  • Indoor climbing walls don’t always capture the nuances of nature, so researchers developed a way to bring the outdoors in. Rather than recreate an entire rock formation, they made models of the key parts of the geometry and arranged them on an artificial wall to replicate the real thing.
  • ​You may not think of a wedding cake as being the type of thing that gets vandalized, but that's what happened to a replica of the cake that was presented to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1947. Now, thanks to 3D scanning technology, a super-accurate copy of that replica is being recreated.
  • ​​Traditional plaster casts are a hassle. A team of Colorado-based entrepreneurs, however, has developed a 21st century alternative – the ActivArmor support device.​
  • How worn are your tires? Perhaps you check them by hand regularly, but if you don't, Nokian has developed an alternative. The Finnish tire manufacturer recently announced its SnapSkan service, which uses a 3D scanner to check users' tires as the car is on the road and in motion.​
  • ​A recent study suggested that the number of unique species on Earth is 1 trillion. Granted, the vast majority of those are microbes, but still, Digital Life's goal to make 3D scans of every kind of living animal is very ambitious.
  • A professor at UW wants to catch 'em all, but he isn't content with just 700 Pokemon. His ambitions are a little loftier, aiming to collect and scan all 25,000 known species of fish, to create 3D models of their skeletons which can then be freely downloaded, 3D printed and studied.