I did a search to see if there have been any other discussions here but couldn’t find anything…
I came across this free 3D scanner a long time ago and have finally gotten a chance to give it a try.
Check out there site
The program is free if you want to try it out and see what results you can get…If you want to export the mesh files OBJ, STL you will have to buy the license for 199 euros or US $287.
I toyed around with it for a little bit, rigged up some stuff and got AWESOME results…
I spent some time investigating the site and reading up on the different methods and equipment people used and I decided on the logitech 9000 pro Web cam and a $4 focusable laser line from dealextreme. I also found an egg timer ($10) to give me a consistent rotation for the laser. During my test period I rigged up a mechanism to mount everything using hot glue, foam core and pipe clamps… (No pictures sorry)
After getting some great results I decided to buy the license and it is extremely worth it considering the next cheapest commercial scanner is $2449. Here is an interesting comparison between David and the Next engine scanner. David Vs Next engine
I then designed a nice mounting clamp and attachment mechanism to hold my laser and egg timer. I then cut it out of ren foam… here is my set up and some of my results.