In our 3D scanner, we capture static 3D scans
of bodies, faces, hand and other objects.
For this we use a full body 3D stereo capture
system, custom built by 3dMD. At the time
of installation, it was both the largest and highest
resolution system of its kind in the world.
The aluminium frame has 22 modular, medical
standard scanning units. Each of those contains
a pair of stereo cameras for computing shape
and geometry, utilizing either one or two speckle
projector units and a single 5 megapixel colour
camera for capturing texture. A series of flash
units illuminate the subject during capture. Five
Windows based PCs control the camera pods and
communicate over gigabit ethernet and internally
via Firewire 800. Capture takes a fraction of a
second, and the system can fire several times per
The system is normally configured to capture
a 3D scan of a full human body, in a full range
of poses. Since the capture time is so fast (2ms),
fast motions such as jumping or skipping can be
accurately frozen in time. To date we’ve taken
over 29,000 scans with this system, and have
ongoing body shape trials.