Photos Snapped by Drones Being Used to 3D Print Aerial View of Homes  

Skyecam, an aerial photography company that utilizes drone technology to capture images for clients, is offering a first-of-its-kind service: a a customized aerial-view 3D model of a building such as a home or an important iconic local building. To create a 3D-printed model of a home, SkyeCam takes several hundred photos with a camera stabilized and separate from the drone itself. This avoids the blurry effect of many other drone photography companies that use unstable cameras influenced by the drone’s movements.

After the photographs are taken, they are stitched together, and the rendered product is 3D printed, using ABS plastic and a dual extruder that can simultaneously print two colors. SkyeCam uses a MakerBot 3D printer to create its models. All of this occurs at the company studio.