There was a plug-in a while ago for geomagic that could do this.
Unfortunately since acquisition by 3D systems, finding these old plugins is
very tricky-it may be available with careful searching and possibly using
the way back machine on internet archive (if they captured this part of
This was discussed a few months ago. The popular models at the moment are
the LMI HDi series and the Artec Spider and Eva series. All start at around
$15k, depending on what you buy. All give very good data and all have very
well written software, much of which can also be scripted
Dera Luci and Angela Roggero,
Nikon and Northstar imaging are also manufacturers that are worth looking
into. The Nikon XTH225 is extremely popular in the UK for digitising
objects from ~2cm up to ~50cm. Resolution varies between 3-5 microns and
100 microns, depending on sample size etc. If you
Stefan Schlager's excellent Morpho package for R has the option to slide
semilandmarks without the mesh. I have had some success with this myself,
but you can of course include your mesh with these protocols in either
Morpho or Geomorph (written by Dean Adams et al.).
Both the R packages 'Morpho' and 'Geomorph' will allow you to estimate
missing landmarks using either thin plate splines or regression. It's about
3 lines of code, fully explained in each package, to import your data and
then estimate the missing data. Both packages accept a variety of
I had this problem recently. I seem to remember that it was solved by
saving the files with no spaces in the names.
so instead of, for example "skull 2.obj", save as "skull2.obj"
This will help the textures associate properly.
Then when you've converted to .ply, it doesn't matter,
This subject pops up every few months on Morphmet. The general consensus is
that either Creaform or structured light scanners like Artec or LMI have
made are generally very satisfactory solutions. People like Breuckmann are
an order of magnitude more expensive but also very good.
Both Artec scanners and LMI's HDI series scanners are more than good enough
for scanning materials for morphometrics. I have used both on several
projects, and know lots of groups with either that are happy with their
choice. As Dennis says, the LMI series works very well with a turntable.
Yes, I have a lot of experience with the Hdi scanners, both the fixed
calibration and adjustable ones. They are great for archaeological
material/bones (I've literally scanned thousands, as have my colleagues at
Cambridge, Bradford and TBI in Kenya) and I've had good success with
Having used the NextEngine with both the minimum and recommended
specs (for scanning humeri)I would advise to go for the recommended
specs as a baseline. As you said RAM isn't a problem,I'd put as much
as you can in (although to go above 4gb you'll obviously need a 64bit
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