Earlier this week, some of us made our way to Anaheim for Siggraph. Would a bunch of 3D printing ragamuffins mix peacefully with 3D artists and FX techs? Or, would we get kicked to the curb as engineer-loving propeller heads?
Turns out, 3D design is 3D design, whether it's engineering or art. We are one big nerd family. But, before I dive into our time on the show floor, I'd like to give a shout out to Steve Cooper of Poser, a man I'd met online perhaps ten years ago, but finally met in person for the first time last Tuesday. We had fun talking about old times and new developments, including 3D printing, up until Larry Weinberg (a legend in the Poser community) stole Steve for a new technology introduction. On the bright side, I got to shake Larry's hand, which was pretty cool.
Still unsure of ourselves, the first thing we did was search for our own kind – 3D printing maniacs. While wading through the section where most of the motion capture and 3D scanning stuff was (and there was a lot of it), I stumbled into this baby. It was an LMI HDI-R3 being demonstrated by Points Perfected. I didn't want to stop, but I couldn't help myself. I was blown away by the scan quality. I am not kidding when I say the scanned 3D model looked more detailed than the original statue. This thing could scan a fingerprint.
It isn't just for reverse engineering. You can forgo the small turntable in favor of a large one, which works quite well for a standing human. It would be great (maybe too good) for a 3D printing photo booth. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring a spare $20,000 (doh!) and the nice man didn't seem interested in $12.38 as a down payment. (Troy really was a good guy. He grew up in the Northwest, which is proof enough for me).