Check out the video just released from the Field Test
Check out the video just released from the Field Test
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 126.96.36.199 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.
Over the past two years a team from Autodesk, the U.S. National Park Service, and multiple partners worked in Pearl Harbor Hawaii at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and USS Arizona Memorial to undertake the first comprehensive survey of the ship in the latest technologies of reality capture. We used many methods to capture and digitally preserve and study the USS Arizona above and below the water including LiDAR above and below the water, photogrammetry, and multiple SONAR technologies. The data collected in point clouds and mesh models has been very complex but we have brought all the data together to assemble a complete and accurate 3D mesh model which will soon begin a complicated scaled 3D print.
Stay tuned for more details on this amazing historical project.
See our AR/VR exhibit and Tatjana at the Future of StoryTelling conference next month Oct 7 & 8th in New York City.
Check out this well told story illustrating how reality capture and photogrammetry changes the game and removes barriers of cost and technology allowing more to not just manually interpret and recreate 3D geometry of reality, but accurately capture it for many uses. You can also see some of the work of our good friends Dr. Louise Leakey of TBI and Sly Lee of the Hydrous in this short film and at the conference.
Please like this film on Vimeo which was by Mishka Kornai and Drew Heskett.
A few tasty highlights:
If you don’t know what Autodesk Memento is but works with 3D models, or want to create or repair or modify 3D models - you need to check it out as a free beta version.
Memento is nominated for 2015 CG awards in the category of New applications.
Please vote for us!
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..
I have been traveling a fair amount recently and about to enjoy some Summertime with my young daughter. I just returned from a work project in Mexico helping to train artists and scientist using Autodesk Memento to digitally capture corals and sculptures in 3D. While in Mexico a big storm hit the day after I arrived bring high winds and flooding leading to power outages and preventing me from some work related SCUBA dives on the worlds second largest barrier reef the Mesoamerican reef, It was several days of really bad weather of a tropical storm bordering in category 1 hurricane. I was staying with my generous host an artist TED Fellow and amazing person Colleen Flanigan who loves the melding of art and science to protect and rejuvenate the coral reefs and spent considerable time on the ZOE sculpture project.
Aerial video from UAV of the region D-QnPgHrbsM
The storm caused considerable flooding and downed power lines and debris. I even noticed boats had sunk. ONe of the crazy concerns was not the downed power lines but a local resident telling me be careful of the standing water as there are many large hungry crocodiles that can be in there,
Nighttime candles for lighting since we did not have power.
My improvised phone waterproof sandwich bag.
Why is this important and matter?
Reefs around the world are disappearing at an alarming rate and scientists scrambling to preserve and study them and 3D accurate data is far more useful than 2D coral surveys especially for volumetric changes that can be measured using Memento. The coral reefs and mangroves surrounding the Yucatan villages such as Puerto Morelos Mexico where I was staying are what protects land, villages, and sustains all life and if they vanish so does everything else.
I had several meeting and days training how scientists working with the Mexican University UNAM and Mexican Government CONAMP can use Memento to non-destructively capture corals and reef structures as well as about anything else.
I am looking forward to sharing models and some of the projects from amazing people mixing science and art underwater in the common goal of saving the coral and oceans. Colleen Flannigan and the ZOE sculpture project as well as Roberto Diaz Abraham of MUSA.
What an amazing project and so much more to the story to tell and share with you as the data is processed data and we continue to work with the artists and scientist of the Yucatan and all of Mexico.
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.
At the recent SPAR Conference Autodesk announced the new release of ReCap and the Reality Computing workflows that solve customer problems in various industries. Here are the highlights from that announcement.
The new ReCap portfolio includes:
- ReCap, a free application for laser scan preparation: import of scans, viewing, cleaning, clipping, sectioning, basic measurements and indexing of registered scan data. ReCap is the must-have companion to the Autodesk portfolio to convert Reality Data in RCP/RCS files, and to upload Real Views to A360. It is part of all Autodesk Suites and can be downloaded for free from our web site (recap.autodesk.com).
- ReCap 360 is a must-have for anyone dealing with a point cloud. ReCap 360 provides several desktop features and web services and is available under subscription at only $500 / year. Included are: 25 GB of storage space, a host of new measurement, markup and collaboration tools, ., and access to our photo-to-3D service in full resolution mode,.
- ReCap 360 Ultimate adds more to ReCap 360 and is the must-have solution for anyone with a laser scanner. Featuring a new automatic scan-to-scan, target-less registration engine, together with data quality check and target-based accuracy reports, ReCap 360 Ultimate provides trust to your Reality Data. It is available at $2.000 / year and includes 100 GB of storage space.
What are the new features introduced with ReCap 360?
- New native laser scan imports
- ReCap is a scanning device-agnostic platform, and we added the native import of various new raw files to our long list of supported scan formats.
- Advanced Measurement
- Measurement is now a snap with smart measurement tools, to easily measure diameters and distances between cylinders and planes with automatic shape fitting.
- Fast and true clearances can be obtained with a single mouse click.
- Advanced Annotation & Sync
- The value of point cloud project can now be enhanced with tags, notes, pictures and hyperlinks. These annotations are automatically synced between the desktop app and the cloud.
- They can also be shared and synced with project collaborators, which empowers a team to markup a project together.
- Marked objects, assets, saved views and project tools can now be quickly found with advanced search utilities.
- Automatic Registration (a ReCap 360 Ultimate feature only)
- Combining laser scans has never been easier with our new target-less automatic registration.
- Quickly, effortlessly and accurately register scans is now possible with little to no user interaction.
What is Autodesk Memento Beta?
- Memento is an end-to-end solution for converting any reality capture input (such as photos or scans) into high quality 3D models. The computed 3D photo-textured mesh can be cleaned up, fixed, healed, compared over time and optimized for further digital use, for physical fabrication methods like 3D printing and for 3D interactive experiences on the Web.
- It is an all-in-one single app made from scratch specifically for new Reality Computing workflows, particularly in arts, sciences, museums, media & entertainment.
- The beta version can be downloaded from: http://memento.autodesk.com/about
What about Autodesk photo-to-3D service?
- Autodesk continues to improve its photo-to-3D service each year, the cloud-based photogrammetry engine behind 123D Catch for consumers, ReCap 360 for professionals in Autodesk industries (Civil, AEC, Factories…), and Memento for artists and new digital creators.
- Recent enhancements include: support of the GoPro Hero 4 camera, processing of GPS information to automatically scale and geolocate photo-scenes, and creation of 2D orthoimages. All these new features are available via ReCap 360 for users processing aerial photos from UAVs.
I am a huge user of ReCap and was in Atlanta last week testing aerial UAV and laser capture of data and processing it all in ReCap and ReCap 360.
Autodesk acquired REALVIZ in 2008 and several of the team based in France. This team went on to deliver the photogrammetry technology (turning photos into 3D models) for Autodesk. This technology started as ImageModeler and then Project Photofly which went on to become 123D Catch, ReCap 360 and some of the technology within Autodesk Memento.
A few weeks ago many attended the REAL2015 event. While there at REAL2015 I realized there was a reunion of sorts with many of the former REALVIZ team attending and took some photos of the group.
Here is the REALVIZ Reunion from REAL2015:
Dominique Pouliquen, Luc Robert, Stephane Nullans, Stephane Negri, Emmanuel Gallo
This acquisition of this technology and the new Autodesk employees back in 2008 in my opinion changed some of the technology landscape and strategy of Autodesk. It was a core of the Reality Computing technologies, projects, and services that we seen so prominently and showcased at REAL2015.
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."
The past two days almost a thousand have attended the REAL 2015 event here in San Francisco California at the historic Fort Mason. The conference covered everything dealing with Capture Compute and Create.
There was everything from laser scanning systems, structured light scanners, infrared, photogrammetry, software like point cloud and geometry tools, CNC mills, 3D printers,VR and augmented reality viewers, underwater and maritime technologies like unmanned boats and ROVs, Makers, and so much more. I had a great time meeting old and new friends and discussing many projects and ideas on solving current workflow and technology challenges.
Things got REAL good, REAL interesting, REAL fast.
He started with a photo of himself making stuff 40 years ago. He showed some of his projects as well as the statement "Computer Aided Design, but when has the computer ever really aided in the design?" He then showed how the computer will actually be aiding design.
Great idea to have various top food trucks cater and give vouchers attendees could use to pick a paid meal. I stayed with one favorite truck "Bacon Bacon" um yes yes.
I got to see the well designed packaging with a reveal like experience when opening. I cant wait to get my Ember unit in the next two weeks.
(I am on this OCTO Team within Autodesk as diver) Our equipment and technologies were shown as well as a track of speakers. We also gave some rides in our boat out to the Golden Gate for some epic fun breaks and a sea shower.
I absolutely running San Francisco as it is an adventure.
A reminder was projected at night on Coit Tower that the 50th Super bowl game will be held in the Bay Area.
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?
If you are involved in 3D reality capture, 3D computing technologies or a 3D creative you want to be at this REAL 2015 event being held in beautiful San Francisco at the historic waterfront Fort Mason on February 25th and the 26th, 2015. There will be many industry expert presenters vendors covering a wide variety of topics. Reality capture like laser scanning is only one aspect. There is also a Synthetic Biology and Maritime track. There will also be a drone cage to fly UAV/UAS devices and I will be bringing my new 4k shooting DJI Inspire 1 with me.
The first ever convergence of the sensing, making and creative industries.
Join us at this unique cross-industry summit for two jam-packed days of cutting edge presentations, thought-provoking discussions, and interactive demonstrations, as we explore the convergence of the physical and digital worlds and the 3D technologies making this possible.
REAL is 500+ leaders and innovators — professionals from across industry, investing, research, and media.
REAL brings together real work spanning disciplines from:
- Architecture to Art,
- Engineering to Entertainment,
- Manufacturing to Media,
- Heritage to Health, and
- Sports to Science…
REAL is executives & engineers, developers & designers, inventors & investors, architects & artists, makers and metrologists, surveyors & scientists, entrepreneurs & educators.
REAL is the convergence of the professional 3D sensing, making & visualization industries.
REAL is both an exclusive executive summit & a world’s fair of cutting-edge 3D demos
REAL is real people, doing real-world work with reality tech.
REAL is Reality Computing.
From drones to autonomous cars, industrial robots to major engineering works, and game consoles to tomorrow’s mobile phones, 3D sensors are suddenly everywhere. And several decades after first grabbing headlines, VR and 3D printing are hot again, attracting billions in investment, and moving beyond early adopters to professionals. But it is the sum total, where sensing meets making, where big change is brewing.
While the ‘Internet of Things’ grabs headlines, a 3D revolution is quietly building.
While attending a recent conference we took a break enjoying the fresh mountain air on a hike. About half way up the hike, a couple people were pointing to some tracks on the trail saying it might be a cougar (mountain lion) track. Being the local Utah person and having seen cougar tracks before, I didn't think it could be as it had claws and cougars are feline cats and retract their claws. I decided to take a series of photos of the track with my phone and use Project Memento to create a 3D model to clearly show the track detail and unveil the critter that made it.
I launched Project Memento and simply dragged the 17 photos I took into it and then selected to create a 3D textured mesh. The photos are then uploaded to the cloud and you wait in a the queue for a notification by email or Project Memento.
The resulting 3D model clearly identified the track as a common canine dog. Track information to identify it was not a cougar was found at http://www.bear-tracker.com/caninevsfeline.html
Here is the screen capture of the 3D textured mesh result clearing showing the claw nails.
Here is a view with the photo textures turned off.
Go give the free Autodesk Labs Project Memento for the Windows PC a try for free and create 3D models as well as fix meshes. There was a new build posted just last week with support for Artec 3D scanner.
Cheers and happy tracking,
On this U.S. Holiday of Veterans Day we would like to place the spot light on Project Recover.
In connection with Veterans’ Day, GoPro and CBS series “60 Minutes” profile World War II recovery effort by Scripps and partners. https://scripps.ucsd.edu/news/new-technology-enables-historic-finds
The Project Recovery website currently highlights a project in Palau searching for MIA using many technologies including Autodesk's Reality Capture solutions such as ReCap. Autodesk has been proud to be a partner in this project in the Pacific islands with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Personally I have been so very fortunate to work with many veterans in 2014 including some from the Pearl Harbor WWII era, the many fine sailors and marines of the USS America, as well as supporting the efforts of the Wounded Warriors Project.
Everyday should be Veterans Day. A day or simple "Thank You" will never be enough.
Thank you veterans,
I finally caught up with the Autodesk #3DRV in beautiful Moab Utah and TJ and his lovely wife and smart young energetic son. Here is a brief post made from a cold early Fall Moab Utah morning of yesterday's adventures.
Yesterday we had an action packed day starting with me driving 4 hours from Salt Lake to Moab then immediately with TJ and his family taking the Autodesk 3DRV to Arches National Park to meet with National Park employees Mary and Karen.
I presented the awesome park employees with highly detailed 3D prints of the Delicate Arch that I had laser scanned with FARO about 2 years ago and took a great deal of work to combine all the billions of laser points and photogrammetry using ReCap Photo data to build a solid and accurate model and ultimately 3D print. The 3D prints will be used in educational programs at the visitor center and the arch itself. The staff of the Arches National Park were awesome and loved the 3D prints.
The 3D prints and digital model are the most accurate representation of Delicate Arch and represent a slice in time as the sandstone arch is always changing. I would love to scan again soon and compare the changes like what the bush on top and puddle of water on top of the arch are doing in erosion and changes to the structure.
We hiked up to the real Delicate Arch. I took time to educate TJ's son Josh about the plans, geology, and of course fun stories and getting him to overcome his fear of standing on the edge of cliffs made of sandstone and appreciating the natural formations in Southern Utah. I even showed ancient petroglyphs in the sandstones hard mineral patina exterior from the Native Americans hundreds of years ago in the case of the Ute Indian which you can spot as they had horses which only existed in North America a couple hundred years ago from Spain and he sometimes odd petroglyphs of the ancestral pueblans from a thousand years ago in Arches National Park and in the Colorado River Parkway.
I just slept a couple hours in the 3DRV and am headed for my next event about 4 and a half hours away to the North while the 3DRV makes its way towards the South and the Grand Canyon and ultimately Autodesk University 2014 in Las Vegas December 2nd, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay. With only a couple hours of sleep in the 3DRV and no playing with the FARO scanner and Stratasys 3D printer in there as I was tired I have to hit the next event a few hours away.
I really enjoyed my time with TJ an his family and the Autodesk 3DRV and can't help but think we need to do this again.
I will write more and post more edited photos once I get back home next week!
Thank you #3DRV and crew!
I live about 4 hours from Moab and will make the drive early for an action packed day of visiting with the fine people of Arches National Park and giving them a 3D printed Delicate Arch created from a laser and photogrammetry scan, hiking up for a visit to the beautiful natural sandstone Delicate Arch, seeing some ancient petroglyphs, flying some quad copters in the desert, doing some 3D captures using Project Memento and ReCap Photo, and exploring Moab.
If you cant meetup with us in Moab, plan to meet us at Autodesk University 2014!
Below is a quick video of the vie capturing photos of the USS Arizona and USS Utah as well as me albeit a little tired and exhausted unscripted during the project explaining how we at Autodesk were using photogrammetry using Autodesk ReCap Photo and 3D Printing as well as SONAR and LiDAR technologies to capture the iconic ships in 3D to use in education, preservation, and research.
It was truly a humbling honor to participate in this amazing and historic 3D survey project with the U.S. National Park Service and several amazing partners on this pro-bono project. I still cannot believe I played a small part in the first survey in 30 years of these solemn U.S. national landmark. I will be back there for the December memorial events.
Video by Brett Cote U.S. Navy Combat Camera
The 3D prints shown of the USS Arizona 3D captured artifacts that remain on the deck of the USS Arizona the 1941 Coke bottle and cooking pot were printed by Whiteclouds.com.
Read more about the project and a television report on the project:
USS Arizona and USS Utah 3D Survey Project
USS Arizona in 3D
3D Prints of USS Arizona Artifacts
USS Arizona in 3D Project Behind the Scenes
Just returned from another special project SCUBA diving and scanning the USS Arizona BB-39 and USS Utah BB-31 in Pearl Harbor Hawaii to gather more 3D data for the first comprehensive survey in over 30 years. We at Autodesk have many great partners involved in this pro-bono project last week we had the US National Park Service, US Navy, Deep Ocean Engineering, R2Sonic, and Gilbane Building Company.
I was underwater a great deal of time or without Internet which explains the rare silence on the blog. I have been working on this project for a year and many dives, many amazing photos, incredible data sets, and lifelong memories. It is truly an honor to be involved in this project and also even more of an honor knowing I have a relative on the USS Arizona.
We should have all the data needed now to finalize the 3D digital model of the the USS Arizona and provide an accurate digital model to be used for preservation, education, study/research, and create a 3D print.
Advanced scanning equipment used to map USS Utah http://bit.ly/1w8vIvH
Sonar mapping shines new light on USS Utah
Being interviewed by a photographer from the US Navy while still in my wetsuit after just having SCUBA dived the USS Utah.
Autodesk is going to be running a free web based session on Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PDT about the new Autodesk ReCap release. Autodesk ReCap is Autodesk's super-fast point cloud processing product for registering laser scans.
Register Now: http://bit.ly/1pqqEwh
Some of the new additions to ReCap Pro include:
Target-based Accuracy Reporting