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September 18, 2014 AT 7:01 am

3DxGames – Photogrammetry for 3D Scanning Inside Virtual Worlds! #3DxGames #3DThursday #3DPrinting

Today on our weekly live 3D Hangouts we are celebrating the many ways that 3D printing intersects with the worlds of games, gaming, gamers, and gamer fandom. (And we tackled a challenging Halo cosplay project!) Here’s a quick roundup of a few other 3DxGames projects that caught our interest to whet your appetite!


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Jenny Cheng has been posting a series of interesting proof-of-concept experiments, one with a Nintendo 3DS game and the other with a high-resolution native PC game that are bringing the physical world 3D scanning tools into virtual environments! While some 3D games and virtual worlds have extractable 3D printable assets — or downloads provided directly from the publishers — here’s an out-of-the-box approach to taking advantage of all of that lavish realism!

Jenny took a series of photos around a character in a well-rendered virtual world and fed them into a photogrammetry processing and produced interesting results!

…To create the 3D scan, I uploaded 35 screenshots of the scene to 123D Catch. Here’s an overview of the result. Since I focused on the Firran in my screenshots, the environment reconstruction is not as great. Also, since I wasn’t able to capture a complete 360° view, some parts are lacking details.

Read more details about her experiment with ArcheAge as well as her previous experiment with Harvest Moon: A New Beginning.

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