Clean up a 3D scan made with the Occipital Structure scanner

The 3D files from the Structure scanner often have holes and unwanted geometry. After following this guide you'll get a watertight model that is ready for (colour) 3D printing. A basic understanding of mesh manipulation in Blender is necessary. This guide uses Meshmixer, but here is a guide that describes this process for Blender.

The structure scanner delivers the 3D object in 3 parts:

  1. Model.obj is the 3D object
  2. Model.jpg is the texture file
  3. Model.mtl is a file that links the object to the texture.

You only have to open the .obj file. The program will find the other files on its own:

  1. Click 'Import' and select the .obj file. Alternatively go to File > Import.

Prepare model

  1. Orient the model upright: Edit > Transform.
  2. Cut away unwanted geometry: Edit > Plane Cut.

Join disconnected sections

Objects from the structure scanner come in overlapping parts. This might cause problems for 3D printing.

  1. Join the disconnected sections (blue lines indicate boundaries): Edit > Close Cracks.

Delete loose parts

  1. In Select mode, click anywhere on the part you want to keep.
  2. Expand the selection to all connected vertices: e.
  3. Invert the selection: i.
  4. Delete the loose parts: x.

  1. Save your project(!)

Make the model 3D print ready

  1. Make the mesh solid: Edit > Make Solid.
    1. Set the solid type to Accurate
    2. Increase Solid Accuracy and Mesh Density until you're happy with the result. Press Accept.

  • 3d_modeling/meshmixer/clean_up_3d_scan.txt
  • Last modified: 2021/10/13 00:23
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