The site uses photogrammetric technology to convert stereo pair images of real objects into digital models.
The service requires users to follow a four-step workflow, setting up paired DSLR cameras using the stereo calibration wizard and checkerboard targets provided; shooting paired images and creating an optional image mask; uploading the images to the site; then viewing a 2.5D preview of the result. A range of viewing options are available, including wireframe, shaded and textured.
Once the user is happy with the result, the model can be downloaded in OBJ format, at a cost of $13 per job.
The workflow looks like it requires familiarity with some intermediate-level photographic techniques, but nothing that will be too daunting to anyone who has used an image-based modelling package such as 3DSOM Pro or PhotoModeler.
According to digital doubles specialist Lee Perry-Smith of Infinite-Realities, who tipped us off about the service: “Scanner Killer is a great idea and allows people that don’t have large amounts of cash or expensive hardware to compete in the scanning market.”
“I know from the tests I have done and my experience using other stereo photogrammetry software that their stuff is pretty advanced and an amazing service to offer online. It’s also quite cheap.”
Sounds like a recommendation to us.