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Researchers in Guatemala Use LIDAR 3D Scanning in Mirador Basin, Discover Ancient Network of Superhighways

It’s one thing to use a 3D scanner to scan a person, animal, or object, and use the scan to 3D print an object you can pick up and hold, but it’s quite another to 3D scan something that can’t be seen with the naked eye. 3D scanning can reveal hidden cities beneath dense jungle foliage, help us keep the world’s beaches free of garbage, and even assist in the development of a driverless car in blizzard conditions. All three of these projects used a type of high-tech 3D scanning called Light Detection and Ranging, or LIDAR.

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Last Updated: 2/10/17