Naturally, everyone wants figurines with the best possible quality. There is a common misconception in the industry that the quality is solely determined by the 3D scanning system. Here we look to dispel this myth and explain all factors that contribute to the final quality of a 3D print. The 4 factors that contribute to quality are:
- The subject
- The 3D scanning system
- The digital touchup
- 3D printing and post-processing
1) The subject
Every scanning system has its strengths and weaknesses and if you try and 3D photograph a subject that plays to the system’s weaknesses, the resulting data will not be good. For example, scanning systems cannot scan shiny or transparent objects, so if a subject comes in wearing a glossy leather jacket and glasses, the scan will turn out poorly.
Other common weaknesses include hair and fur, flat, dark colored clothing, such as yoga pants, scanning small or thin objects such as a necklace, and scanning multiple people at once. The scanning system is unable to properly capture the spaces between people and scanning people in wacky poses where their limbs or props fall outside the designated scanning area, causing distorted geometry and colors in and around those areas.
The first step in ensuring high quality 3D prints is not letting people get scanned in clothing and poses that the system cannot capture properly.