Zeiss RealScan Captures 3D Images and Creates Digital Twin

ZEISS has presented RealScan at the Hanover Fair in Germany, its first-ever 3D scanner and 3D scanning service to create photorealistic 3D models. “This new product is the result of the expertise of ZEISS core disciplines of metrology and photography”, says Andreas Klavehn, Director of Virtual Media Devices at ZEISS, summarizing the product innovation.

From product presentation in online shops, to realistic representations in games and interactive training applications based on augmented reality, 3D technology is assuming an increasingly important role in all communication media and in our day-to-day lives. Klavehn is convinced that: “With RealScan, ZEISS already has the key to the presentation and documentation methods of tomorrow. 3D representations are a whole new and sophisticated take on classic product photos and are therefore of particular interest for the product industry, online retailers and product manufacturers.”

Capturing an object in 3D in a precise and photorealistic way is quite a challenge. “Unlike with two-dimensional scans, it’s not enough to simply capture color points and accurately replicate them.” ZEISS has developed its own, patented algorithm just to capture the spatial position of an object’s surface points. According to Klavehn, “the ZEISS RealScan cloud is where “digital data is created, i.e. three-dimensional copies or ‘digital twins’ of the scanned objects.” The ZEISS RealScan thus creates a neutral, objective version of reality – with all its details.” Be it wood, leather, plastic or even foods, any object can be reproduced with all its tiny surface and material details.”

“Intricate details are no problem for the ZEISS RealScan,” claims Klavehn. “When combined with classic electronic image creation and processing (computer-generated imagery, CGI) the ZEISS RealScan opens up whole new creative possibilities. Not only does it cut down on lengthy modeling work, it also creates new possibilities for reproducing complex surfaces.”

ZEISS is convinced that RealScan is far more than just a tool for use in retail and industry – it’s also great for use in museums and scientific environments. Due to its high resolution and true-to-life depictions, the ZEISS RealScan is ideal for documentation purposes. Whether it’s for digitally reproducing artifacts or for exhibitions, the ZEISS RealScan is just so easy to use.

The ZEISS RealScan software guides the user through the scanning process. Right after the scan, the software reproduces the 3D model in the ZEISS RealScan cloud. At the end of the process, data will be available that can be used and edited in the standard .obj format. “Users in the know can take care of the further processing in any 3D program.”

ZEISS offers two versions of the RealScan, as well as the required hardware and software directly, as part of its rental service. The 3D models can then be created via the ZEISS RealScan cloud.

For more information: www.zeiss.com