{ Microscribe Mechanical Digitizer }

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MicroScribe® G2 is an accurate, affordable mechanical 3D digitizing system. A favorite of animators, engineers and designers, MicroScribe products capture the physical properties of three-dimensional objects and accurately translate them into complete 3D models.

This is done by positioning the Stylus tip at a desired location of a model. By pressing the scan button on the remote control
this point is digitized and Rhino creates a point at that position. There are two modes.

Point / Curve Mode:
The arm acts like a mouse but in 3D. This means you can use Rhinos point or curve though points creation tools to digitize your model.
Just place the Stylus tip at desired position and hit the white button to create a point.

Sketch Mode:
In Sketch curve mode the Stylus tip can be moved over the model and Rhino automatically creates the curves in Realtime.
You Find this command under the Tools > 3D-Digitizer > Sketch Curve
You can decide if you want to have Points only or also the Curve through points created or if it should be a poly-line.
All the information is provided by the command line;.

However this has to disadvantages:
1. A study hand is required to prevent shaky lines.
2. The amount of points in the created curves will be very high.
To stabilize their placement those points could be create on a planar surface.

Scanning foam models - digitizing complex curvatures:
On a finished sanded foam model, a mesh can be drawn onto.
Depending on the complexity the mesh has to be fine or can be coarse.
Sharp edges require individual lines.

At the crossing of lines and along hard edge lines, points can be digitized and curves created through them.
The more points the closer / accurate the digitized curves and the resulting surfaces which are created utilizing
commands like Curve Network, Loft, Blend, and others.

{ Rhino }
Simple Point, Curve skinning

{ T-Splines }
scans into a SDS model

{ High-Res }
Stand alone / Rhino Plug-in
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