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ShapeScan_SM Dense Stereo Matching Feature:

Over the years ShapeQuest has led in the area of accurate dense stereo matching for 3d modeling. The image stereo matching process has had issues with certain type of surfaces, not unlike the issues that affect laser or structured white light scanning for different types of object surfaces. Over the past several years we have expanded our development refine the process and develop a patent pending hybrid approach.


The ShapeScan_SM system is the most capable and versatile software package available for 3D scanning using digital imagery.


The ShapeScan_SM system allows you to use structured white light scanning or image based dense stereo matching. You can even do both simultaneously, A first for the Industry.


ShapeScan_SM System software is the most capable and versatile it has the intelligence to use regular images for dense stereo matching, you can use any type of camera, DSLR, machine vision or digital movie cameras.

The dense stereo matching module has been refined to provide an approach to handle different type of surfaces, colors, shapes with very effective tools sets in the software.

You can also use the ShapeScan camera mounting hardware for DSM dense stereo matching in fact you can cycle different scan methods during the scan process. Since the cameras are registered, you can scan objects in DSM in less than a second. ShapeScan allows for the use of a target template to image for automatically registering the images, and calibration, there is no need for placing targets around any object and registering the images in this mode.

The ShapeScan_SM is accessible to virtually any user. Even at a lower price point, it is able to capture large amounts of data at more rapid pace and with greater ease than most competing systems.

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Quick look at the advantageous of ShapeScan:

  • ShapeScan_SM can be used almost anywhere to acquire 3D point cloud data, indoors or outdoors, either from the air, UAV, water or ground. You can use one or several cameras.

  • Imagine this type of capability using a hand held digital camera, images are capture in an instant vs. scanning time.

  • A high resolution digital calibrated camera approach is much easier to carry in the field. If the camera and lens is not calibrated you can calibrate later when creating the model with the software.

  • The accuracy approach, the hybrid dense pixel stereo matching capabilities, can produce large point cloud sets with higher accuracy than laser scanning at mid distances.

  • Stability issues, images are capture in an instant rather than scanning time so platforms or areas of heavy traffic pose no problem.

  • Output data to 3D printers

  • Speed, not only can field data be captured faster, with accurate point cloud data but there is less editing time (cost) than using independently acquired scanned data.

  • Powerful toolset's included that allow you to merge two overlapping polygonal models, One model could be laser or structured white light scanned the other from stereo matching.

  • With Higher resolution digital cameras you can take advantage of HDR (High Dynamic Range) images that can create images with a more detail in the highlights and shadows than you can with normal images. This makes it ideal for image stereo matching.

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