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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2014, 3(3), 871-890; doi:10.3390/ijgi3030871
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Rapid Prototyping — A Tool for Presenting 3-Dimensional Digital Models Produced by Terrestrial Laser Scanning

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Received: 18 February 2014; in revised form: 20 June 2014 / Accepted: 23 June 2014 / Published: 4 July 2014
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Abstract: Rapid prototyping has received considerable interest with the introduction of affordable rapid prototyping machines. These machines can be used to manufacture physical models from three-dimensional digital mesh models. In this paper, we compare the results obtained with a new, affordable, rapid prototyping machine, and a traditional professional machine. Two separate data sets are used for this, both of which were acquired using terrestrial laser scanning. Both of the machines were able to produce complex and highly detailed geometries in plastic material from models based on terrestrial laser scanning. The dimensional accuracies and detail levels of the machines were comparable, and the physical artifacts caused by the fused deposition modeling (FDM) technique used in the rapid prototyping machines could be found in both models. The accuracy of terrestrial laser scanning exceeded the requirements for manufacturing physical models of large statues and building segments at a 1:40 scale.
Keywords: rapid prototyping; TLS; 3D printing; FDM; 3D modeling; terrestrial laser scanning; point cloud, laser scanner rapid prototyping; TLS; 3D printing; FDM; 3D modeling; terrestrial laser scanning; point cloud, laser scanner
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Virtanen, J.-P.; Hyyppä, H.; Kurkela, M.; Vaaja, M.; Alho, P.; Hyyppä, J. Rapid Prototyping — A Tool for Presenting 3-Dimensional Digital Models Produced by Terrestrial Laser Scanning. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2014, 3, 871-890.

AMA Style

Virtanen J-P, Hyyppä H, Kurkela M, Vaaja M, Alho P, Hyyppä J. Rapid Prototyping — A Tool for Presenting 3-Dimensional Digital Models Produced by Terrestrial Laser Scanning. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 2014; 3(3):871-890.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Virtanen, Juho-Pekka; Hyyppä, Hannu; Kurkela, Matti; Vaaja, Matti; Alho, Petteri; Hyyppä, Juha. 2014. "Rapid Prototyping — A Tool for Presenting 3-Dimensional Digital Models Produced by Terrestrial Laser Scanning." ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 3, no. 3: 871-890.


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