Hi Elliott, This is a great breakdown and very generous in sharing your process and insights, you came a long way from the vending machine days!
Are you planning on releasing the UE4 project to the public? Or only builds? I'd love to play around with it in the editor if possible!
HP Z 3D Camera is one of the best devices you can find for scanning right now. Actually, the new device has even earned the Best of Innovation Awards at this year’s CES show for taking 3D and 2D workflows to new heights with the gadget’s small footprint, affordable price and mind-blowing results.
The thing here is that the Z 3D allows users to accurately scan physical objects in a quick, intuitive way, so it’s now much easier to generate a base mesh from scratch — less cleanup and less fuss when sculpting.
Here are some details from HP:
- Reinvents creative workflows: Designed for CG artists, 3D designers, game developers and digital fine artists, the HP Z 3D Camera extends the Sprout Pro G2 experience to an accessory that easily attaches to a computer display17 and connects via USB to capture and digitize 3D objects, 2D documents and live video.
- More human experiences: Allows for richer, more immediate remote live sharing by bringing into view the desk, hands, etc. to complement screen sharing, text and the webcam.
- Unique design minimizes desktop space for real-time capture and visualization: It creates life-like digital images by rotating an object with the user’s hands or positioning under the camera. With tracking and scanning software that is easy to download, it constructs the 3D model in real time. Workflows are enhanced by scanning objects with computer-graphics-friendly resolutions that maintain separate texture maps for physical-based rendering (PBR) and AR, VR and mixed reality content creation.
The price starts at $599. You can learn more about the camera on the official website.