There are a number of different methods for Scanning. Below are some of the tools that we use in the Makerspace and how to use each of them. We've also included some software that use can use on your own PC Laptop to create 3D Models.
All Makerspace 3D Scanners require an appointment to use.
The following programs use a type of 3D Scanning known as Photogrammertry. This process uses advance techniques to construct a 3D object from photographs of the original. In most instances, you can use your cell phone to take pictures. When taking pictures, circle the object several times from different angles. Make sure to get the top and bottom of the object in your photos. If it is a small object, make sure it is lit in a way that avoids casting shadows. Do not move the object, only circle around it when taking pictures.
MeshLab is a free, open-source program that takes the points that are generated by COLMAP and makes them into a 3D object. MeshLab runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux.
Below is a video on using these three programs together to scan and create a 3D model of a physical object.