3D Scanning by UAVs

What's that buzzing noise? It's the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) hovering over your home, and now it could be taking a 3D scan of your house! 
According to a report in PhysOrg, that scenario is now a possibility as researchers from the University of Granada in Spain have developed a way to combine 3D imaging, UAVs and 3D modeling. 
Why have they done this? The advantage of such an approach is most evident when considering how to perform a detailed 3D scan of a large (potentially historical and highly detailed) building, such as a Cathedral. Previously you'd have to physically construct scaffolds or use cranes or lifts to get the scanner close to all parts of the structure. Now a UAV can simply fly around the structure directly, while avoiding the scaffolds, equipment and associated risks.  
We're hoping this technique will quickly result in high-quality scans of many buildings and structures around the world. If they can be made publicly available, we'll soon have reproductions appearing on the world's 3D printers. 

General Fabb

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has been writing Fabbaloo posts since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!