Sep 15, 2010

In my field of industrial physics and medical instrumentation we became aware of 3D scanning’s potential about four years ago. Other researchers were discussing three-dimensional scanning on the Internet and at research seminars.

As a professor at King Mongkut University of Technology, in North Bangkok, I am responsible for keeping our research facilities current with the standards of the field.
When I went looking for 3D scanning technology, I found it necessary to investigate many different sources and products. A variety of companies in Thailand were selling 3D scanners, and I studied the market carefully. One of the products I looked into was the 3D scanning system from Minolta. I was not sold on its capabilities.

The EScan unit and software from 3D Digital Corp came to my attention via the company website. Based on the information I found there I decided to purchase the EScan, even though I had no chance to see the scanner and test it before I bought it. The EScan was well-priced and affordable, and the company stressed its reputation for service and assistance. That service and support has been reliably provided by 3D Digital Corp. I am certainly pleased with the choice of scanner company I made.

Having received helpful guidance from 3D Digital throughout installation and setup of the EScan, the first object I scanned was a rubber figure of the human body, a replica. My scan of this object worked well and I was able to capture the data I needed. In later experiments I have successfully scanned my own hand and also the face of a student.

With this data captured digitally, we are able to create a parametric profile, or a complete study of the landmarks of the face. This has potential for both security applications and medical study and treatment, as well. We are continuing to use our EScan 3D scanner for research of this type and others, deploying it on a monthly basis at least. Here at the university and in joint projects with our partners, including corporations and the University of Virginia, in the U.S., we expect to advance our studies very successfully with the help of 3D scanning technology.

We have repeated these experiments many times, and we are devising other projects that will call upon our 3D scanning capabilities. We use the EScan quite frequently.