From 2D to 3D


Hi i´ve been working for a while doing photogrammetry test, and basiclly building the learning curve of me and my workmates.

What i want to share with diydrones community is a very cool process that we completed last week, and is the following:

1)photograph acquisition

2)photograph selecting

3)3D model reconstruction

4)3D model printing

Obviously there is a background process a bit larger, like the planning of the mission and the set up of all the equipment associated to the photogrammetric flight.

After we processed the model in 3D, it was sent to the makerbot 3D printer, and finally we got a physicall model of the terrain. Pretty cool stuff for us.

Greetings from venezuela guys!

PD: The process is on the attatched pics.




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  • is the first of many others to come.

  • Thanks! I think this is the first example I've seen of someone printing a terrain model - well done.

  • Sure thing Mr. Stuart!

    My setup  is a skywalker with APM2.5, a canon sx260HS with chdk.

    The 3D vision was made with autodesk recap 360, and i used meshlab as visualization tool.

    And the 3D model was printed with the Makerbot replicator 2.0

    Recap from autodesk allows you make some 3D reconstruction (up to 50 pics the free version)

  • Impressive; as Gerard requested, please describe your workflow and the tools you used.

  • Great, Andreas I like ur work. Keep up

  • Nice job, very cool.

  • Andreas, I recognize Meshlab there as a viewer. Did you use opensource tools for post-processing?  What was the complete pipeline you were using from images -> 3D model?

  • Amazing job, well done Andreas.

    Saludos de amigo sudamericano.


  • Muy buen trabajo Andreas.

    Me gustaría que apoyaras un proceso de reserva natural en Cali. Yo hago el vuelo y te entrego las lineas de vuelo, los tlog's y las fotos resultantes con coordenadas GPS cada una y tu corres el ejercicio, elaboras ortofoto, el DEM y yo te envío lo que me digas que cuesta de tu trabajo. Que dices? Me gustaría trabajar contigo. Buena suerte.

  • Excellent work guys. Are you in a position to share your setup, software used, etc. That is exactly what I would like to offer as a business. I have had few attempts. But finding the data correlation very difficult ! Any help advice is much appreciated. Many thanks in advance.
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