At Low Poly Models, we have been delving into the exciting realm of #3D scanning and #lidar (“light detection and ranging” or “laser imaging, detection and ranging”) technology. With the aid of advanced tools such as the Polycam app, which offers both free and premium options, and a lidar-enabled device, we uncovered the many possibilities of this technology.
One of the most striking elements of our experiments was the ability to capture the dynamic movement of beach and sea waves. The #lidar technology enabled us to scan the waves in #3D, capturing the intricate details of the water's movement and surface. This could have a wide range of applications in the film and gaming industries, as well as in coastal engineering and oceanography.
See Cove Scan HERE
Another intriguing object we scanned was a skip filled with rubble. The lidar technology enabled us to capture the textures and details of the debris, creating a highly realistic 3D model. This could be beneficial in construction and demolition projects, allowing for more accurate assessments of waste and materials.
See Skip Scan HERE We also scanned a garage/workout room and an office, which allowed us to create accurate floor plans of the spaces. This could be particularly useful for architects, interior designers, and real estate agents, as it enables them to create detailed and accurate floor plans without the need for manual measurements or lasers.
See Garage Scan HERE See Office Scan HERE We also scanned a fire, which provided an exciting opportunity to capture the movement and behavior of flames in 3D. This could have a range of applications in the film and gaming industries, as well as in fire safety research.
See Fire Scan HERE We also scanned our beloved cat Frida, which was a fun experiment to see how well the lidar technology could capture the textures and details of a living creature. This could have potential applications in the film and gaming industries, as well as in veterinary medicine and animal behavior research.
See Frida's Scan HERE One of the most interesting experiments we conducted was scanning nature and observing how sunlight impacts the results. Using the lidar technology and Polycam app, we scanned trees, plants, and other natural elements in various lighting conditions. We found that scanning during different times of the day, such as early morning and late afternoon, resulted in distinct variations in the texture and color of the scanned objects. This highlights the importance of taking into account lighting conditions when conducting 3D scans and could have implications for fields such as landscape architecture and horticulture.
Another fascinating experiment we conducted was scanning rocks and cliffs. The lidar technology enabled us to capture the intricate details and textures of the rock surfaces, creating highly realistic 3D models. This could have a wide range of applications in fields such as geology, mining, and civil engineering, as it allows for more precise assessments of rock formations and erosion. Additionally, this technology can be used to scan historical monuments, in the field of archaeology, and even for creating realistic backgrounds in the gaming or film industry.
Finally, we scanned plants, which allowed us to capture the intricate details of their leaves, branches, and flowers. This could be useful for botanists, horticulturists, and landscapers, as it allows them to study plants in greater detail without the need for manual measurements.
Overall, our design agency's adventures with 3D scanning and lidar technology have been incredibly exciting and have opened up a wide range of possibilities for our work. We encourage others to explore the technology for themselves and see the potential applications in their own industries.
We invite you to try out Polycam for yourself and see how it can benefit your work.
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