3D scanning and printing is an exciting field that many are still unfamiliar with. We’ve broken down the process into a few steps that should help you understand a little more about what we do here.
The first thing we need to know is what we’re going to be scanning. For example a scanning session for a baby will take a different setup than a full body scanning session of an adult.
Knowing if we are going to prepare this model for a full body print or just a digital asset is important to know from the start so that we capture the correct level of detail.
Each scanning session takes approximately 30 minutes to an hour in the studio. We’ll schedule you for a day and time to make sure you aren’t kept waiting by a scanning session for another customer.
Prepare for Scan
Read the “Preparing for my scan” page and be sure to arrive a few minutes early to your session.
We will take multiple scans of you in multiple poses. Each scan takes the same time as taking a regular picture, only an instant.
You’ll be able to choose during your session which shot(s) you want to use so don’t worry about one pose being wrong.
Clean and Prep
There is always a bit of cleanup work that goes into preparing a 3D scanned model for print or for use in animation. Our team of artists can also add in any desired props or change features at this point. This is great for making costumes look more realistic or adding back in material that was unable to be scanned (such as shiny jewelry or glass objects). We can also combine scanned objects at this point, like putting groups of people together.
For printed assets we double check texturing and modeling work to make sure there aren’t any errors. We’ll sometimes have to add a base if a model doesn’t balance properly (like for an action shot). Sometimes objects are too thin to print at a smaller scale and we’ll go in and make them thicker so the print doesn’t break easily.
Preparing digital assets for animation requires re-topologizing the object so that it can be animated or manipulated better in digital software. Models straight from 3D scans tend to have a very high amount of geometry and our artists bring that down to a much more manageable level.
After the digital model is ready it is time to either 3D print it or prepare it for other uses. Digital Assets can be displayed and shared electronically while printed statues can be either picked up from the studio in Dallas or mailed straight to your address.