Rapid prototyping a tool for presenting 3-dimensional digital models produced by terrestrial laser scanning

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Rapid prototyping has received considerable interest with the introduction of affordable rapid prototyping machines. These machines can be used to manufacture physical models from three-dimensional digital mesh models. In this paper, we compare the results obtained with a new, affordable, rapid prototyping machine, and a traditional professional machine. Two separate data sets are used for this, both of which were acquired using terrestrial laser scanning. Both of the machines were able to produce complex and highly detailed geometries in plastic material from models based on terrestrial laser scanning. The dimensional accuracies and detail levels of the machines were comparable, and the physical artifacts caused by the fused deposition modeling (FDM) technique used in the rapid prototyping machines could be found in both models. The accuracy of terrestrial laser scanning exceeded the requirements for manufacturing physical models of large statues and building segments at a 1:40 scale


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)871-890
JournalISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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  • Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing, TLS, 3D printing, FDM, 3D modeling, terrestrial laser scanning, point cloud, laser scanner

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