The 3D Encounters Project at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology aims to use 3D laser scanning to create a high quality 3D image library of artefacts and enable digital travelling exhibitions of fragile Egyptian artefacts, English Heritage has investigated the use of 3D laser scanning for a wide range of applications to gain archaeological and condition data, and the National Conservation Centre in Liverpool has also produced 3D laser scans on commission, including portable object and in situ scans of archaeological sites. The Smithsonian Institution has a project called Smithsonian X 3D notable for the breadth of types of 3D objects they are attempting to scan. These include small objects such as insects and flowers, to human sized objects such as Amelia Earhart's Flight Suit to room sized objects such as the Gunboat Philadelphia to historic sites such as Liang Bua in Indonesia. Also of note the data from these scans is being made available to the public for free and downloadable in several data formats.
The quick start guide directs you to first register and then download the required Fuel3D Studio software. The Starter edition of the software is free and provides basic scan processing and file export, as well as up to 15 cloud processing sessions a month. Advanced and Professional packages carry a monthly subscription fee and feature more cloud processing sessions, advanced scan processing and editing, and more file export options.
A tracking target placed near or on the object you're scanning is a requirement. Without that, the scanner doesn't know what to focus on. Because of this requirement, you may need to place smaller objects on a box or platform where the scanner target can rest (or stick, since a target has adhesive). You can also 3D print either a handheld or free-standing target holder, which can be downloaded from Sketchfab, a popular free service to publish, share, and discover 3D content online and in VR.
If the Fuel3D SCANIFY is a bit out of your price range, lower-cost photogrammetry-based solutions to consider are Trnio, Agisoft's PhotoScan, and AutoDesk's ReMake. Trnio is a free app for Apple iOS-based devices (recent iPhones and iPads) and is arguably the best current alternative to AutoDesk 123D, which, much to the chagrin of its fans, was officially shut down on March 31, 2017. Agisoft PhotoScan has a free 30-day trial, starts at $179, and runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux (Debian/Ubuntu) computers. AutoDesk ReMake has a limited free version or a paid version that starts at $30 per month, and it runs on Windows 7 or later computers (the Macintosh version was retired). 2b1af7f3a8