I've been checking for some time now on the different solutions within 3D Scanning, from DIY projects to the more industrial expensive solutions.
As I want to get a grasp of what is out there, before I start shopping.
My main purpose is to find a good affordable solution, where I can scan my family, print them out, and put the busts on top of the fireplace.
The industrial solutions are too expensive so I will not be covering that here. And for home use you can get pretty good results with the low cost scanning.
I really like this one, as it gives a high level of detail in return, and is very good for scanning miniatures and other intricate surfaces.
But it is restricted to width and height. You can't set your grandmother on one of these and tell her to sit still while you spin her around. The laser would probably pop her eyeballs as well.
Anyway, for this setup to work you need a laser, a recorder (webcam/smartphone etc.), a turntable and software to handle the data.
Currently the best home solutions I have found are:
Matterform 3D Scanner
ASUS Xtion and ASUS Xtion Live devices (and also PRO modifications for developers).
They are similar to Microsoft Kinect sensor and can be used in the same way. But there are certain differences that you can take into account before making decision on which device to choose
PrimeSense Carmine 1.08 device, ...which is essentially an equivalent of ASUS Xtion Live under different brand name.
Both Microsoft Kinect and ASUS Xtion (Live) / PrimeSense Carmine sensors are based on the same PrimeSense infra-red technology.
So all basic characteristics critical for full-body motion capture are generally the same.
But there are certain differences that you can take into account:
|ASUS Xtion / PrimeSense Carmine||
If you are looking to get a setup for scanning your family, I would go for the PrimeSense Carmine 1.09 Short Range Version.
This version also supports RGB colours, as opposed to Kinect, and this is something that will come in handy for future releases and development.
And if you need to scan all your warhammer miniatures for safe keeping, you need to go for the laser solution as Moedls describe.