Step 9: Aligning Multiple Scans

The remaining steps can also be done in other mesh editing programs, namely, Meshlab and the David Shapefusion software. If you are having trouble using the Nextengine software for any of the following, it might be worth skipping ahead to 'Fuse scans', then 'Output' and giving these a shot.

If you have made multiple scan families, such as when scanning a large object in sections, you will need to align these scan families. Click 'align' in the main toolbar. Two geometry view windows are now visible.

Aligning scan families
  • If you have not already done so, attach one of your scan families. The software will help you align an unattached scan family with the attached ones.
  • Drag the yellow, blue and red dots from the top right of each geometry window to the same respective marker on the object in each window.
  • As you drop the dot the view will zoom in. You can then move it again for fine placement.
  • When all three dots are in their correct places, click 'align' in the main toolbar.
  • The software automatically takes you through
  • When the alignment is complete, click 'back' in the main toolbar.
Apparently you can also use align to align scans within a scan family if they have gone awry for any reason.
<p>Hello,</p><p>how much did you buy the scanner?</p>
<p>It's 2,995 for the scanner, and 995 for the mult-drive. </p>
<p>Hi, I have the scanner and I really need to work with it, but I lost the email with the username and password to activate the software, Could you share yours?</p><p>I really need to use the scanner and the assistance of the product don't answer me, I will be really gratefull with you!</p><p>Thank you! </p>
<p>Do you have any tips on what to use for a background?</p>
In my experience the depth range that this scanner reads is fairly narrow (a few inches) so you shouldn't need any kind of background, just free space around the object.
Thanks for the walk-through and the info about MeshLab. It took me all of five minutes to realize the NextEngine program's fill function didn't really work.
interesting, how much does one of these scanners go for?

About This Instructable




Bio: I am a freelance design engineer and drummer. My business site is at http://www.zero-waste.co.uk and is often concerned with appropriate technologies ... More »
More by royshearer:Laser Engraved and Painted Signage Making the Big N How to Assemble my Big N for Nilk at the Botanics. 
Add instructable to: