Photofly lets anyone with a digital camera 3D scan objects!
I covered my3dscanner.com a couple of months ago and now Autodesk too has a 3D scanning service & app that collates a set of photos into a 3D mesh, or technically speaking uses stereo photogrammertry to extrapolate 3D data. Photofly 2.0 differentiates itself from my3dscanner by providing a larger feature set and a desktop app to upload the image files to Autodesk’s servers to do the hefty 3D stitching & transformation in the cloud.
I haven’t yet had time to fully review and compare with my3Dscanner. But, I am very pleased at the photo scene editor feature set I’ve seen so far. It allows users to check and tweak the mesh, including adding correct dimension references. Export to video formats is also a welcome addition, allowing users to share their holiday or archeology 3D snaps on You Tube. Of course you can export and manipulate the 3D files in your favourite CAD software including Autodesk 123D.
Since its release back in May on the Autodesk labs site Photofly has proven popular – averaging 80 uploads of 3D photo sets an hour! What I find interesting is the apparent high user numbers of consumers rather than Autodesk’s usual target market of professionals. I suspect that Photofly along with Autodesk’s recent developments of 123D (available on the Ponoko App Gateway) hint at future consumer interest from the CAD giant…
David is an industrial designer from New Zealand. He contributes weekly 3D print articles for Ponoko. You can follow him on Twitter @dizymac