From range scans to 3D models

  title={From range scans to 3D models},
  author={Brian Curless},
  • B. Curless
  • Published in COMG 4 November 1999
  • Materials Science
Each year, we see a growing number of 3D range scanning products on the SIGGRAPH exhibition floor. You may find yourself asking "how do these technologies work?" and "how can I make use of the shape data they produce?" In this article, I will describe a few of the more common range scanning technologies. Then, I will step through a pipeline that takes the range data into a single geometric model and will conclude with a discussion of the future of range scanning. 

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