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Hello, Kirsten -
3D imaging can be done in a few different ways. Structured light scanning is generally quicker and easier, although there can be significant investment in equipment and training. (The Artec Space Spider is an excellent scanner choice, and it costs about $25,000.) Photogrammetry can yield very good 3D models, but is generally more time consuming to accomplish, as the object must first be photographed from multiple perspectives (often requiring dozens of photos for a good reconstruction). Photogrammetry software can be somewhat costly, but this method is generally considered to be the less expensive way to get 3D reconstructions. If you are interested in considering contracting out for this service, I know of a very capable provider on the west coast whom I've worked with many times, and I would be happy to make an introduction.
3D laser Scanning: 3D scanning is the process of capturing digital information about the shape of an object with equipment that uses a laser or light to measure the distance between the scanner and the object. ... 3D scanning can capture data of very small objects all the way up to full size aircraft and buildings.
Photogrammetry: Photogrammetry refers to the practice of deriving 3D measurements from photographs.
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