3D Scan Cleanup by Tony Buser

3D scanners are great, but they create “dirty” meshes. Overlapping points and reversed normals don’t matter until you try to print the mesh on a 3D printer. Then the slicing engine will get confused because it can’t tell where the inside/outside of the model is. Correcting these “dirty” meshes involves a lot of tools, some expertise, and a little bit of luck.

Tony Buser has provided an excellent tutorial describing his process. He takes a 3D scan, massages it through several different programs, and the result is a perfectly printable 3D model.

Programs/sites used:

reconstructme.net
netfabb.com/basic.php
meshlab.sourceforge.net
meshmixer.com
pleasantsoftware.com/developer/pleasant3d
blender.org
replicat.org
thingiverse.com
makerbot.com

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