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Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 3:15:00 PM | Point Cloud / Laser Scanning Equipment / Leica HDS6200

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I was wondering if anyone has shopped around for point cloud creating equipment (firmware and equipment).

I apologize if there's already a thread started.

I am looking for a modest solution.

Imaginit Technologies offers a Leica HDS6200.

Does anyone recommend any other dealers / distributors or have any rental experience?

I would want a system less than 10k - ideally one less than 3k.

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Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 3:50:16 PM | Rental / Cost of Ownership - Scanning

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Maybe it makes more sense to say 'scanning equipment rental or ownership costs'

 

Does anyone have any experience or recommendations?

 

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Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 11:03:31 PM | Point Cloud / Laser Scanning Equipment / Leica HDS6200

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I was looking at laser scanners last year, quite excited by the prospect of point clouds.  I couldn't find a laser scanner for under $25,000. 

 

There were some options for photogrammetry--where a program looks at a set of photos to determine the shifts in geometry, the camera position, and therefore the shape of the object--but a lot of the software is easily confused by real-world conditions and clutter, and the final export is jumbled and low-resolution. 

 

Nevertheless, it's a cheap alternative, if you have the patience, skill, and luck needed.  Microsoft photosynth is one option that focuses more on photo stitching, and then there is autodesk's creation, which is coming along quite nicely: 

http://www.123dapp.com/catch

(formerly project photofly)


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Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 12:02:00 PM | Point Cloud / Laser Scanning Equipment / Leica HDS6200

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Hi Alter Ego,

Thanks for the feed back.

I am really interested in photogrammetry and followed Kubit's solutions for a while. Even a modest, manual solution for recording 3D coordinates with a total station meant buying a 'total station' (+/- $10,000) and a software plug-in (+/- $2,700). It seemed that they had some pretty remarkable algorithms under the hood to stretch and morph photographs into rectified true height images.


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