Autodesk ReMake turns reality data into hi-resolution 3D meshes for design & engineering workflows and so much more. It has been a long journey to this point and many new features and great feedback along the way from Memento users.
Read the message from the product manager and Mother of Memento Tatjana Dzambazova.
Memento graduates to Autodesk ReMake!
Mammoth skull was being worked on by Fossilogics founder Brock Sisson when I captured it using photographs and then generated the textured 3D model..
Comparison of Autodesk ReMake Free versus Pro
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There is a 15 day trial available from http://remake.autodesk.com/try-remake Windows version is available now with Mac version on the way.
Today in Autodesk ReMake I edited a model and created a quick video from a 3D textured model generated from photos taken last week with a UAS/drone in the hot windy Trona Pinnacles near Death Valley California.
I also published some of my models to the Autodesk Online Gallery.
Autodesk ReMake will continually evolve as it has through preview and beta but now as an official product. Congratulations and thank you to all Memento users and the Memento Team!
While I am sharing a photo of the hot desert, I might as well as add for contrast last weekends hike in Oregon’s Opal Creek.I wished I could have swam in that creek today with the heat of the Southern California desert.
I hope you enjoyed your weekend, I certainly did enjoy mine. It has been almost a year since I moved back to Oregon. I am certainly enjoying the outdoors and being back here after 18 long years away.
Yesterday I spent the day hiking up Eagle Creek just past the picturesque Punch Bowl Falls. There were even two guys in helmets and wetsuits attempting to swim down the rain fuelled creek over the falls. The day ended in Hood River Oregon with Big Horse Brew Pub for great food and a rye beer, Logsdon Tasting Room for the infamous and rare Peche ‘n Brett gold winning angelic fragrant peach beer, then my favorite Double Mountain Brewery. If you are ever in Oregon or Washington state, you certainly must spend some time hiking in the Gorge and then in Hood River even if only to watch the windsurfers on the Columbia River.
I am already looking forward to next weekends outdoor adventures. If you are headed up this way sometime in the future, give me a holler for some tips and suggestions, a trail partner or point you to the finest beverages brewed from the earth.
Such a visually stunning story with a very important educational angle about the ocean by Sly Lee and the 501 (c)3 non-profit organization The Hydrous. The Hydrous do what they proclaim by “communicating science beautifully.” They were recently in the Maldives in December 2015 and generated highly detailed 3D textured models of corals using Autodesk Memento to study changes occurring in our oceans.
Here is one of the 3D coral models generated from photos in Autodesk Memento.
Check out “The Hydrous Maldives 2015 Expedition ” by The Hydrous on Vimeo
“In December 2015, The Hydrous returned to the Maldives to conduct their follow up expedition after the 2015 El Niño. But this time, we invited technologists, scientists, photographers, engineers, designers, and local conservationists and citizen scientists to join.
In 10 days, participants learned about coral reefs, exponential technologies like 3D modeling, conducted wide scale fish surveys, 3D captured reefs, and brainstormed and developed an island ambassador program with local youth in just a few days!”
Happy Birthday Golden Gate Bridge!
It was 83 years ago today that the Golden Gate Bridge construction was started.
Did you know there is a hidden elevator located in the North tower that takes you to the top crossing span and the top of the tower?
Here are a couple photos of the bridge that I took last Spring. The bridge stretches from San Francisco to Marin County California.
Article on SFGate.com 83 years ago today, construction started on the Golden Gate Bridge
Two of my photos of my New Years Day sunrise in Portland. This is my first New Years Day back living in Portland in 18 years. What an amazing sunrise start to 2016, but so very cold. I am looking forward to a great 2016 as it has certainly started out with so many good things for me to be thankful for.
Just prior to sunrise with a long exposure photo.Taken from Pittock Mansion viewpoint in the West Hills.
And the first sunrise of 2016 in Portland Oregon.
Thank you to all the readers of Between the Lines and may you and yours have the best 2016.
|Autodesk Memento for Windows Beta |
3D model of fossilized skull of wooly mammoth.
|Autodesk Memento for Mac Beta|
3D model of a pine cone casting.
Autodesk Memento beta is now available natively for the Mac platform!
This is really big news as popularity grew fast about Autodesk Memento several Mac users were anxiously awaiting to use it natively on their OS. In addition to the addition of Mac supported version there has been a great deal of bugs squashed and features added.Between us, I don’t think this team sleeps.
“Autodesk Memento is an end-to-end solution for converting any captured reality input (photos or scans) into high definition 3D meshes that can be cleaned up, fixed, and optimized for the Web, mobile or 3D printing / fabbing.”
Read more here: http://memento.autodesk.com/about
Autodesk University 2015 was last week in Las Vegas and perhaps all the photos in Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter have scrolled into history.You can view and share photos in the Flickr Gallery. I am continuing to post some of my AU2015 photos there and you can too for free.
View or add your AU2015 Photos Today
A little piece just went live today about some of my work researching reality capture using UAV/UAS. The sky is no limit in Reality Capture and Computing where the cloud takes on two important and powerful meanings.
I just returned 3 days ago from another project involving UAV flights that I can’t wait to share details with you, but here are a couple unrelated aerial images from that trip to Bali Indonesia.
-Shaan (suffering from jet lag and guzzling coffee)
Recently I replicated a silver necklace pendant of a very sentimental pinecone using Autodesk Memento which converted standard photos into a 3D model. I then 3D printed the model on an Autodesk Ember 3D printer and plan to then cast in pewter or silver an exact replicae.
The pinecone pendant on a necklace was originally created as a silver casting from the real pinecone given to a mother by her oldest son. It was a really heart warming story why and I wanted to see if I could digitally capture and preserve it in 3D and then we could create something equally special for her son.
I took about 50 photos using my iPhone and then using using Autodesk Memento generated a textured 3D mesh. I then filled any holes and then exported a STL to 3D print on the Autodesk Ember 3D printer.
Now we have a digital 3D model to replicate her necklace in multiple materials and more importantly to digitally preserve the keepsake forever.
Here is the original silver necklace pendant. I placed the clasp of the pendant in a small ball of clay to hold it up while I photographed it.
The 3D pinecone prints from the Autodesk Ember 3D printer.
The goal is to soon create an exact copy of the original pendant for Amy’s son in silver as a special keepsake. They also get the model of the original kept safe for essentially forever digitally to create others.
Creating digital copies of existing objects whether sentimental or complicated is extremely easy with photogrammetry.
For the past four days I have been enjoying a trip to Utah with my girlfriend Amy to visit my mother, my 3 kids, and some friends. It was so great to visit with friends and family but also get to show Amy around a place she had never visited. We did so much in 4 days including lunch at my favorite Mexican mole spot The Red Iguana,haunted house fun, Park City, Brews and Blues festival at Snow Basin to see my friends and Andy Frasco, dinner with friends, a hike in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Not only was it the first time Amy had seen Northern Utah, but it was the first time meeting my mother, my kids, and some of my friends. It went went very well but I think everyone likes her better than me.
I took some Portland Oregon treats to my kids including 3 pints of the famous Salt & Straw Ice cream (Carmel Sea Salt, Blue Cheese and Pear, and Bitter Orange and Olive Oil), a box of VooDoo Doughnuts, Stumptown Coffee Cold Brew, and some Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA. I was really concerned transporting ice cream on the flight but researched that you can use 2 pounds or less of dry ice in a labeled container as long as it was frozen solid and your airline was cool with it (pardon the pun.)
Yesterday morning Amy and I went up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Alta Ski Resort area to enjoy the fresh air and enjoy the amazing fall foliage which was coming to an end.
More photos on my Instagram feed
It was so very good to see my kids who are now 14, 21, and 24. One thing I learned, don’t leave your phone alone around your teenage daughter as they will take selfies when you are not looking. The bonus is I have some great photos of my daughter.
It was nice getting back to my Hood which is Mount Hood in Oregon. I love the welcome view of Mount Hood on the flight home.
In the past 24 hours Autodesk has launched a new Memento Gallery where you can publish your Autodesk Memento 3D models for others to view or even download. I published models up there to test it and it works very well.
How to publish tot the gallery:
Create or load a model in the free beta of Autodesk Memento for Windows (Mac version in testing now)
I loaded a model of a Sea Cockroach I created from a series of photos I took at a marine research station in Puerto Morelos Mexico in June 2015.
With the most recent Memento beta build 22.214.171.124 from yesterday you get an option in the side menu to
After publishing you can view and can view and if the author can edit the details. https://memento.autodesk.com/projects/sea-cockroach
You can follow gallery users and I am https://memento.autodesk.com/users/shaan-hurley
Give the new gallery a try to share your 3D models, free currently.This is perfect for artist, museums, engineers, archeologists, really anyone creating 3D content for viewing and preserving. I am not sure of the file size or storage limits at this time.
OK the jury might still be out if I am an alien life form, or not. Last night I had a funny out of this world experience while practicing and testing flight control technologies with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at dusk in NW Portland’s Cathedral Park. The park is located near the amazing and iconic St Johns Bridge.
I had just landed the UAV when a group of 6 (sobriety-claiming) adults young and old tourist came running down the path breathing heavy after running. One of them exclaimed “there is the UFO!” They told me they had been up on the hill by the bridge when they spotted a flying craft that the father suspected “was not of this world and flying at 1000 miler per hour, as well as transformed shapes and blinking colored lights.”
I showed my new excited friends the UAV (aka UFO) and flew it for them as they all laughed and took photos. I took the opportunity to educate them and explain how it all worked and that it was indeed of this Earth. I also pointed out that I was only flying 20mph and not 1000 mph as they guesstimated. They said they had been recording the “UFO event” on their phones as proof to assure their place in UFOology fame and all the fortune. It was a fun demonstrating the UAV and answering their questions and detailing the positive uses of such an alien looking camera carrying robot such as how we at Autodesk are researching the aerial platform capturing 3D geometry to be used in design, construction, 3D model creation in addition to our past with search and rescue projects and flying in Kenya in addition to using the UAV as a really great camera and video documentation tool for projects.
The nice folks even took their photo with the debunked friendly UFO with me as the friendly alien abducting their camera to take their photo as well as snapping a photo with the UAV. Most people might get concerned about a UAV such as privacy and I educate them on their uses and the responsibility of the pilot, but the concern of the UAV as a UFO was a new one to me.
-Shaan (aka possible alien life form)
Last evening myself and Autodesk colleague George Hudetz met up at a park while I flew a UAV/UAS to practice flying skills as well as capture some photos and video of the landscape from an aerial perspective. The location was just South of Portland Oregon and just to the West of Wilsonville Oregon at Graham Oaks Nature Park. Looking at a tall Douglas Fir forest from above at low 200-300 feet altitude is always amazingly to me and thought as we start this weekend I would share.
It may look like a garden view of small fractal plants but these are large 200 feet tall trees.
Some video flying over.
Recently I visited Colleen Flanigan an artist working to save the Mesoamerican reef and some marine biologists at the UNAM University in Puerto Morelos Mexico. While there I saw a skeleton of what was called a “sea cockroach” or “sea roach” which appeared similar to a slipper lobster and was about 8 inches in length. I was there training scientists on how to capture objects like corals as 3D models for study using only a camera. I photographed the sea roach exterior shell with my regular DSLR Canon camera and used Autodesk Memento to auto-magically generate the 3D textured models of the sea roach. The shell was a perfect example of something that would be time consuming to model in 3D from scratch but where photogrammetry would shine and shine it did.
Screenshots in Autodesk Memento
The textured model with the mesh displayed.
The surface model view
The cool x-ray visual style of the model.
Close up images.
Nature is an amazing designer..
So give the currently free Autodesk Memento a try to capture models in 3D for fun, inspiration, digital prop, 3D printing, making things, or for memories.
On May 7th, 2015 a small team of us descended on the city of Atlanta Georgia to perform some research comparing terrestrial laser scanning of the exterior of a building to the results of photogrammetry using UAV and ReCap 360 and then the combined model from both processes. Comparisons of the data looked at the accuracy and tolerances in both methods as well as the combined results which as you can guess is twice as good and neither was uniquely superior in all respects as they actually compliment each other very well..
Trenton D. Turk Bradley Cash
Mike Gemmell Shaan Hurley Dennis Martin Dominique Pouliquen
On June 12, 2015 the results were presented in a webinar that was recorded and posted to YouTube. The webinar covers some of the equipment and methods we used to generate the 3D dataset of the building as well as answers some key questions and some best practices..
ReCap Blog with news and future webinar info http://www.recapproduct.com/
ReCap YouTube Channel http://youtube.com/autodeskrecap
It was a great flying the project and meeting the partners involved..
So many times when you say the word “drone” people think of negative things or when you mention UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) or UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) people think of annoying flying toys and privacy issues, but they are so much more and far more positive uses that unfortunately get less coverage.
As a veteran UAV/UAS pilot for Autodesk, I use UAV/UAS mostly for capturing photos and video of architecture and to generate 3D models using technology like Autodesk Memento or Autodesk Recap 360 or using the UAS to document a research project we are working on or researching with a partner. Autodesk actually has a company policy due to the potential liabilities or regulation compliance and not just anyone can fly as an Autodesk employee without training and approval. We have flown various models of UAV/UAS all over the world.
If you should find a black Labrador Boxer mix in the St Helens and Yankton Oregon area please contact Steve at (503) 369-2893
Some photos and video from the search Sunday July 5th, 2015
The oldest stone tools known to man were found in remote Northern Kenya. The tools date back 3.3 million years. My friend Dr. Louise Leakey documented the excavation and tools using Autodesk technology to share the discovery with the world.
These historical findings are detailed in an article published last week in Nature Magazine (May 20, 2015). Now, through the power of Autodesk technology, people all around the world will have the chance to share in this major scientific discovery.
Dr. Louise Leakey, in collaboration with Autodesk, used Memento technology to create high quality 3D digital replicas of the stone tool artifacts, for preservation, education and further research. Memento is Autodesk’s cutting-edge free software that enables users to convert photos or scans into 3D models to be optimized for the web or mobile viewing, or 3D printing.
Read more on the In the Fold blog about this incredible discovery.
It is Memorial Day weekend in the United States which kicks off Summer. Sadly it also is the start of more traffic accidents and many related to long holiday drives while tired. Please, if you are driving long distances this weekend stop and take resets and arrive alive.
The photo was taken by me this week from a UAV Quad Copter a rest area along Highway 26 between Portland Oregon and Cannon Beach.
Our good friend and a smart innovative marine scientist Sly Lee of The HYDROUS had a nice online piece covering his work in Wetpixel.com. Sly uses Autodesk Memento to generate 3D textured models of coral from photos he and teams take underwater in coral reef locations around the world.
The ability to document a coral in 3D with textures is far more rich than 2D underwater sketching or 2D photos. The 3D models in addition to looking amazing and artistic generates a rich amount of accurate geometric and volumetric data so you can track growth or unfortunately the deterioration of coral colonies due to several environmental factors in our oceans. This is one of those practical applications of photogrammetry where creating 3D models or scans protects and help preserve and better understand the ocean and coral.
I had the pleasure of joining him photographing coral specimens in the waters off Kalaupapa Molokai Hawaii last year. Our team spent many hours SCUBA diving upside down taking thousands of photos of coral dodging moray eels, sharks, and jellyfish in the interest of research. I hope to join Sly underwater again someday even willing to take a few more jelly fish and sponge stings in the interest of science and pushing the envelope of Autodesk technologies.
When you have the 3D models you can also 3D print the coral which are amazing to see in person and are like an abstract art than anything. We printed this acropora genus of coral model from Palau on an Objet printer in SF a couple weeks ago for the REAL2015 conference. Who knows, perhaps these amazing pieces of natures fractal art could help crowd fund the study of the coral reefs and their preservation.
We at Autodesk always say imagine, design, and create a better world and in this case it is to help preserve and leave a better world and ocean. Keep up the great work studying and preserving our coral reefs and oceans Sly!
(Fun Between the Lines Fact: This is my 1st blog post from my new office in Portland Oregon)
My good friend (and brother from another mother) Hawaii based Marine Scientist Sly Lee has been featured in the Wired UK online and soon to be in the Wired print edition. Sly uses Autodesk Memento to build accurate 3D models to help track the heath and growth or destruction of a coral reef in 3D as opposed to 2D X Y grids which are difficult for most to understand. In addition to being amazing to look at like art especially when 3D printed but they valuable have 3D volumetric and comprehensive data.
It is so amazing to use the Autodesk software tool Memento to generate accurate and beautiful 3D models from only photographs, but even more impactful when the models serve a good purpose like science of the disappearing coral reefs. I want scientist like Sly to study the better data and find the cause and a solution to save the reefs not just capture a digital record of what the reefs once were and the only record my great grandchildren may ever know.
Marine ecologist builds 3D models of corals open to all (Wired UK)
"Ultimately, Lee plans to build a comprehensive Wikipedia of 3D corals that anyone can populate and explore. "Humans don't make decisions based on data alone," he says. "This is so visual, so immersive, that you can actually have an underwater experience."
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The Wave - Coyote Buttes North - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument
Below is a link to my custom more advanced route I hike to visit The Wave. Please note that you do need a BLM permit to enter.
Last week I was working on a project in Northern Arizona and found an exhibit of a sandstone that had actual dinosaur footprints on it on display outside the Glen Canyon Dam visitors center. In Utah and Arizona it is not unusual to find dinosaur footprints in rocks and sadly a recent amazing example located near Moab Utah was vandalized and lost forever. So how can we preserve these fossil records without purchasing expensive 3D scanning equipment? In this case I used my smartphone a iPhone 6 and its camera to capture a series of photos and then using the currently free Autodesk Project Memento and generated an accurate textured 3D model of the dinosaur's fossilized footprint.
|So here you see the series of 40 photos I took of the sandstone fossilized dinosaur footprints.|
So go install Autodesk Project Memento which is currently pre-release and free after a quick registration.
|Select to create a photo scene and upload and wait for it to alert you your model is done.|
Here is the resulting highly detailed and accurate 3D textured mesh of the dinosaur footprint and available for export to OBJ, STL, and many other formats and uses.
Now there is a digital record of this footprint to preserve it, 3D print it, study it, or display it online or use as a digital prop in a 3D game or animation. All it takes is a camera and you can generate highly detailed and accurate textured meshes of almost anything and in higher detail that the 123D Catch app.
In Project Memento you have many tools to study the mesh, retopo the mesh, and so much more. You can also export and modify the mesh in Autodesk Meshmixer.
What can you capture in 3D?
I had an amazing time this weekend, and hope you did too. I was practicing my radio controlled quad copter piloting skills on my new UAV quad copter a DJI Inspire 1 in preparation for future flights to capture 3D models using Autodesk Recap Photo and Project Memento. I flew up the Provo Canyon near the frozen Bridal Veil Falls and also flew at the amazing Diamond Fork Hot Springs with my oldest son and got in a nice hot soak as well. I was always following regulations for UAV and being safe.