Areo : A 3D-Model Generator for HiRISE Data
Designed as a way to quickly view HiRISE imagery in a accessible way, Areo allows you to generate full 3D models from downloaded DTM (Digital Terrain Model) files in seconds. You can add textures, alter level of detail and finally export the results for use in other 3D applications, or directly for 3D printing. Areo is the first in a line of one-month long projects from The State of Space. Find out more in the video below :
Areo is LUDICROUSLY Fast
Thanks to Areo's crafty use of image proxying, it takes just 4 seconds to load and process a 1.15gb DTM. You'll be navigating the data faster than you can say "Coprites Chasma".
Explore the Data in Full 3D
With full 3D navigation, you can easily view your model from any angle. And with Areo's Teleport/Roam modes you can jump around the model instantly. Or slowly, perhaps pretending you're a meteor.
DTM Extras to Textures with Range
Areo will also load any downloaded textures, allowing you to switch between them in real-time! Or, replace them with images of your choosing (e.g. cats, or something more technically relevant). Plus the Altimetry mode allows you to easily visualise the data's vertical range.
Once you've decided on the proxy level/poly count that suits your needs, Areo can quickly export a UV'd OBJ file of the current model for use in other 3D applications. You can even export the IMG file directly to disk, saving on precious, precious RAM.
Generate 3D-Printable Models in Seconds
In a few clicks, Areo allows you to generate fully 3D-printable models that can be easily uploaded to your 3D-printing service of choice. Hold Mars in your hand
today in only 5-8 working days!
How to Download HiRISE Data
Currently, downloading HiRISE data for use in Areo is a manual process, as documented below. However, my hope is that a future version of Areo would present a gallery of available DTMs directly in the app, alongside previews of the associated 3D model. Any required files could then automatically be downloaded upon opening that specific DTM.
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