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The Exciting World Of 3D Scanning

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.

3d Polycam Scan of three cactus lidar technology scan

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.

3d scan of a beach done with polycam app waves and beachfront with large rocks

A wireframe Polycam 3d scan of a rocky coastline in

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.

3d scan of a skip, dumpster, done with polycam app

Wireframe scan of a skip filled with trash scanned in polycam

3d Rendered skip with trash polycam lidar tech

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.



3d Polycam scan of a workout room in a garage with punching bag

3d model of a room interior scanned with polycam

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.



3d polycam render of a brick fireplace

3d render of a polycam app scan of a fireplace close up on the flames and ash

A solid 3d low poly model of a brick fireplace lit with logs and ash

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.

3d Render of a cat sleeping on a couch with a pillow and a  a blanket with dots

3d wireframe model of a cat on a couch sleeping on a blanket with pillows

3d Scan of a cat on a couch sleeping on a blanket with pillows

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.

3d render of cactus scanned with the polycam app in blender

Wireframe 3d of cactus in a stone garden scanned with polycam lidar tech

3d solid low poly scan of a cactus in a stone garden

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.

3d render of stoney cliffs scanned with polycam app and lidar tech

3d wireframe scan of rocky cliffs scanned with Polycam app

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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