Dear DAVID Friends,
Lots of news today!
- DAVID 3.7: 64-bit, Simplified Calibration, and more
- Exhibitions in Germany: DAVID at Laser (Munich) and Fabcon 3.D (Erfurt)
- Exclusive Reseller in France: Multistation
- Showcase and Scanning Contest
DAVID 3.7: 64-bit, Simplified Calibration, and more
A few weeks ago we have released DAVID 3.7 with several improvements:
Give it a try! As usual, updates are free from all previous 3.x versions. If your DAVID does not update automatically, you can download the latest version here.
64-bit: Now DAVID includes two executables, 32 and 64 bit. In 64-bit operating systems (Windows 7 or 8) DAVID can use much more memory, so you can work with more scans at the same time. Also the general performance (3D view, alignment, ...) is much faster.
Simplified SL Calibration: In DAVID 3.7 you can calibrate your whole scanner (camera and projector) with one click. This makes the setup procedure faster and easier.
New Quality Filter: DAVID has a new intelligent "Quality Check" against erroneous scan data. Depending on the object shape and texture, optical effects can make some 3D points imprecise. DAVID can detect where this probably happens, and remove the imprecise points. This makes cleaning and alignment easier and better.
New Alignment Option:"Contact Pair Selection" allows you to specify overlapping surface regions with two simple mouse clicks. In this way you can easily align scans being too regular or symmetric for automatic alignment.
The size of your defined contact region depends on how much you zoom, see details on this page of our updated user manual. It's really easy!
and more... see changelog.
Exhibitions in Germany: DAVID at Laser (Munich) and Fabcon 3.D (Erfurt)
Next month there are two opportunities to see DAVID live in action! We will present our scanners at the "Laser World of Photonics" fair in Munich, Germany (May 13-16). If everything works as expected, we will also show a prototype of a new product that makes scanning easier and faster...
We are looking forward to meeting you in Hall C1, Booth 140/1.
In the same week, our partner EKONS will present their products and services around construction, automation, CAD/CAE/CAM, training... including our SLS-1 scanner. You can meet them at the "Fabcon 3.D" fair in Erfurt, Germany, Hall 2, Booth 2-120 (May 14-15).
Exclusive Reseller in France: Multistation
Today we would like to introduce our new reseller MULTISTATION in France. Multistation is a pioneer of rapid prototyping and has been proposing complete RP solutions since the early 90's.
Multistation has three domains in this RP division:
- 3D printers and 3D scanners, with the distribution of Bits from Bytes and other 3D printers, David 3D scanner, a complete range of silicone vacuum casting machines and 3 to 5 axis milling machines, thermoforming machines, and software like: Materialise, Netfabb, 3S, 3D DOCTOR, ZBRUSH, Rhino...
- Additive manufacturing equipment: Multistation is VAR SolidScape, agent of ARCAM and SLM Solutions, agent of metal casting machines PROFICAST...
- Second hand rapid prototyping machines.
The PROTOSHOP is the new concept store launched by Multistation in downtown Paris. The purpose of this store is to show the public the best digital manufacturing solutions.
Multistation brings the right solution to wide range of customers: Rapid prototyping, inspection, education, aerospace, medical, jewelry, ... and DAVID 3D scanners are the perfect addition!
Please find more information on their web-site www.multistation.com.
Showcase and Scanning Contest
These scans show what DAVID can do, even with a webcam: Our forum member JRdezigns has made a great series of scans of action figures.
He used a Logitech Pro9000 webcam and a projector similar to our Acer K11+.
Great work, James! :-)
You can find more scans of various objects in our regularly updated User Gallery.
However, scanning living human bodies is not so easy. An SL scan only takes a few seconds, so the problem of movements can be avoided if the person relaxes and has a head rest to lean on. Single scans can be obtained in good quality, showing even fine surface details like wrinkles. But scanning 360° is harder: The human body has joints and it's difficult to keep exactly the same pose between scans. E.g. when turning around to scan the back, you will probably turn or tilt your head - then the single scans won't fit together in the regions around your neck.
We have already seen some great scans of humans in our forum, but we want more!
(Laser Scans by WalterMo, 2008)
Our long-term forum member, supporter and good friend Mattia Mercante has started a contest for scanning female portraits. The challenge is to scan females 360° from head to shoulders or chest as precisely as possible. The winners (first and second place) can win a 3D print of their scan.
(SL Scans by MagWeb, 2011)
Note: This contest is NOT about scanning the most beautiful naked woman. In the forum there have been some misunderstandings and disputes, mainly because of the ambiguous meanings of the English word "bust" (here: sculpture, not woman's breast). A detailed 360° scan showing an interesting facial expression of an old wrinkled lady will get more points than a smooth scan of a beauty queen's face. This is about arts vulgar contents will not be accepted. In Mattia's words, "no one will judge the women's beauty, but ONLY the scan result quality according to the difficulty level and complexity (hair, clothes, poses, open eyes, ...)".
We are looking forward to some great artistic contributions. The deadline has been extended to June 8. Please join in and show what you can! :-)
... And if you're not sure about your scan hardware, visit our online shop. We recommend our SLS-1 scanner package, containing our favorite camera, a special projector and everything else, fitting together perfectly for easy setup and best scan quality with a great price-performance ratio.
With kind regards
Your DAVID Team