Here's an example I did using some engineering texts I had laying around from studying for the SE exam: http://www.123dapp.com/Catch/Engineering-Design-Books/2807914
There's an android and iphone app that works fairly well and a desktop version that works even better. The desktop version allows you to establish a benchmark dimension which will scale the mesh. From there you can apparently export it to an .dwg autocad file and/or print it out to a 3D printer. There's a crazy amount of options for this.
The downside; this software is for non-commerical use and meshes and images probably become the property of Autodesk. Still, this can be incredibly useful in my work where I'm often working in a convoluted industrial area with pipes running everywhere, pumps hiding in corners, cable trays overhead, and I'm trying to run a structural member through it all. With this I could at least have an idea of what is where and fly around the whole project. This looks like it could be a very powerful tool. I imagine there must be some crazy state-of-the-art piece of equipment that would combine this technology with LIRAR or some other EDM system for really accurate dimensions.
Anyway, what do you guys think of this technology?
Maine EIT, Civil/Structural.