Hello Wayne, hello Mike. Well, if you talk about 3D scanner and you
would like to make a complete 3D apps from scratch, of course it will
cost a lot of time and money for a not easy result.
Let the pro do that and concentrate to make your mind about the
result you like to achieve, then make the good choice for you.( Money
wise and ROI).
To do a 3D scann, today the 3D clouds of points is the best way to
have good result, on the market, scanners accuracy goes from 10
microns to .1 mm (sorry it's metrics!). Names are GOM, Minolta,
Severall software (some heavy) are able to catch the 3D clouds of
points comming out of a 3D scanner (Alias Wavefront, FreeForm,
Of course, this is not the stuff you will find for free! but if you
compare the 3000x150$ from your exemple, but it is FAR LESS MONEY and
We recentely have done a reverse engineering process of an old object
from private museum.
The object was scanned with a Gom, scanned data cleaned with a
FreeForm Modeling, modification of the objects on FreeForm Modeling,
output on a Wax Rapid Prototyping by us, and casting of the object.
time was half a day scann, one day of modifications and cleaning, one
and half day to produce a 13 microns wax model.
I have to say that I do not care about informatics 32 bits, 128 bits,
etc. when I drive my car, I do not care about the power of the
electronic ignition also, but I drive a car (with attention). Before
having the right to drive a car I did pass a driving
license.(Important also for all the application software!)
So to make it short, do not say that the world is only 2 1/2 D!
Today there are good 3D tools on the market, and if you look around,
we are surrouned by a lot of 3D stuff! Paul-Henri