I just took the 3D Scanning class, featuring the NextEngine i2020 3D Laser Scanner. Wow. This is really cool. While it’s not as easy as it appears in the Jay Leno’s Garage video on youtube (see here), it is pretty easy and extremely cool. There is some work with the software that one must do to join scans; the technology is really invaluable for anything with complex curves such as organic items. For our class, a reproduction of a Tiger’s claw was used. You can imagine how difficult that would be to model in 3 dimensions without this tool.