Vail Clovis Point

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Vail Clovis Point by nyersa Feb 25, 2013
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3D scan of a cast of a Vail County Clovis point.


Should be ready to print. Model was created using a nextengine scanner. Was then processed with both meshlab and netfabb studio to create a smoothed, watertight model. Printed successfully on a Makerbot Replicator 2.

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Just curious, what scanner did you use? I have been doing some scanning of artifacts as well, and have had difficulty achieving this level of quality from my scanner.

That scan was created with a nextengine laser scanner, however I have had better luck recently using a david structured light scanner. I will be uploading some more artifacts in the near future that you can take a look at, but I highly recommend the sls-2 over the nextengine, the software is much more stable and you get quicker and higher quality results.

Excellent, thanks! I've been using a MatterandForm scanner, which is fine for mid sized artifacts with less detail. Unfortunately it has been downright incapable of some smaller artifacts, finer details, and some types of stone. One last question, have you tried scanning anything with concave surfaces, glossy surfaces, or mesh surfaces (such as a hand woven basket)?

Yes to all three. Glossy and translucent/transparent objects cause issues requiring surface treatment for all laser as well as structured light scanners. I have scanned baskets with it, they are challenging objects but it can be done. There are lots of tricks of course and a learning curve, but its totally doable.

Thanks for all of the feedback!

No problem, I just tossed the basket I scanned awhile ago up so you can take a look, might take a few to come online. This was just me messing around after work one day, if it was something important it could be scanned at higher resolution and with better texturing. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1255035

by nyersa

Thank you very much for this file. I needed an example of a clovis point, and wasn't sure anyone would let me scan one. Now If I could just find a folsom point to scan.

Whats your time frame on needing it? I have a couple replicas in the lab I might be able to toss on the scanner in the next couple weeks

Here is a video of it printing on the makerbot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTu-EphTbaA&hd=1http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.... Its the point on the left.