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Oct 22, 2017 - 3 minute read - photogrammetry

Photogrammetry on the cheap

When I started looking at photogrammetry as a project for the Makerspace, my first impressions were of how expensive it was going to be. Expensive commercial software, expensive high powered computer to run the software on, expensive SLR camera to take the pictures, tripod, lights, filters, turntable…… the list went on and on. I wondered if I could get usable results with what I already had, and the answer was yes.

Oct 19, 2017 - 3 minute read - photogrammetry

Photogrammetry desktop software

For our Craft Council Make:Shift:Do project at the end of October 2017, we want to be able to take pictures of an object and turn the pictures into a file our 3D printer can print the object from. The following site has been testing all the free options: https://pfalkingham.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/trying-all-the-free-photogrammetry/ Summing up, the best free/open source workflow from the pfalkingham tests appears to be, COLMAP with openMVS if a powerful enough computer with CUDA support is available.

Oct 16, 2017 - 2 minute read - photogrammetry

Cloud based Photogrammetry tests

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_photogrammetry_software I used the comparison article on wikipedia to choose 3 free to use cloud based photogrammetry services. I selected: http://www.arc3d.be/, http://www.phov.eu/use-phov/, https://recap.autodesk.com. Note: arc3d requires a desktop application to to pre-process and upload the pictures. The application is available for xp, vista, windows7, Mac os10.7 and linux source code. I could not get the source code to compile, the xp and vista applications did not work, but the win7 did.

Oct 13, 2017 - 5 minute read - Makerspace photogrammetry

Make:Shift:Do project - Photogrammetry

For the Craft Council Make:Shift:Do project at the end of the October 2017, we want to build a system which can scan a component or item and produce a 3D file which can be fed into the 3D printer to manufacture an identical component or item. here is an example of a scanner: http://freelss.org/ Here is a wikipedia article with lots of photogrammetry software, 24 of which are free. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_photogrammetry_software.Of the 24, 3 are web based.

Oct 9, 2017 - 1 minute read - Makerspace

Craft Council - Make:Shift:Do

A nationwide programme of craft innovation workshops for children and young people, 27-28 October 2017. Makerspaces, fablabs, museums, galleries, and libraries nationwide are throwing open their doors and offering a tinker-tastic range of making workshops and activities to open your eyes to the potential of new craft. http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/makeshiftdo Blackpool Makerspace will be participating in the Craft Council Make:Shift:Do event again this year on Friday evening 27th October 2017 and all day Saturday 28th October 2017.

Aug 30, 2017 - 1 minute read - Hacks Hardware

Do It Yourself Open Source Hardware and Software Hacker friendly Modular Laptop

Update for 2018:- https://olimex.wordpress.com/2018/01/19/teres-i-diy-open-source-hardware-modular-hackers-laptop-update/ Do It Yourself Open Source Hardware and Software Hacker friendly Modular Laptop Price 225.00 EUR https://www.olimex.com/Products/DIY-Laptop/KITS/TERES-A64-BLACK/open-source-hardware Build instructions. https://www.olimex.com/Products/DIY-Laptop/resources/TERES-I.pdf