When talking reconstructions, imagine if we can bring back to live objects that got damaged through time, or if we can 3D print objects directly into our office from places we never had the time to go and visit.
The good thing today is that we have crowd sourced photos, and we can use these images to get 3D models that can eventually be 3D printed.
These are 3 examples that were reconstructed by the ReCap 360 service using publicly available photos on the internet that were uploaded by any of us.
The first mesh model is the well-known Mount Rushmore. Around 25 photographs were downloaded from the web that had decent resolution with the most even lightning in-between the images.
Photos from the web:
And the raw model from ReCap 360, resulting in 1.3 million polygonal mesh:
The second one is The Arch of Titus in Rome
The crowd source photos:
And at the end the famous Bamiyan Buddha. Unfortunately this precious monument got damaged and do not exist today, but not the case with its photographs. Thanks to the internet and this technology, these sites can now be digitally preserved and maybe at some point used for restoration exactly as they once were.
Another note worth mentioning is that the algorithms that are used for generating these meshes are constantly improving in time!!!
Interesting, isn't it?
Video of the reconstructed Bamiyan Buddha mesh model.