2005 Yamaha XT 225 Motorcycle Frame Modeling

In Rhino

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To help in developing products for the XT225 and related models.

Inexpensive Kinect scanner data, should improve with many more scans and careful positioning.

The idea is to further model critical details using this scan layer as a check.


3D Scan 5/7/20 output

asc - 25.57 MB - 05/08/2020 at 21:23



3D Scan 5/7/20 output

fbx - 21.35 MB - 05/08/2020 at 21:23



3D Scan 5/7/20 output

ply - 39.29 MB - 05/08/2020 at 21:22



First viable 3D scan

ply - 15.01 MB - 05/05/2020 at 22:14



Base model 4/29

3dm - 854.09 kB - 04/29/2020 at 17:36


  • Frame Scanning

    David Troetschel05/14/2020 at 21:24 0 comments

  • First 3D Scanning Session

    David Troetschel05/05/2020 at 22:41 0 comments

  • 3D Scanner Test

    David Troetschel05/05/2020 at 16:13 0 comments

    Okay; all the parts for the scanner came yesterday. Had to jump through some hoops to get the necessary software but I was able to create a decent scan of myself this morning in absolutely terrible lighting, and in general terrible conditions for this technology. Even still, it worked well enough and I was able to import directly into Rhino as well!

    Here is a rendered view:

    and then rendered still in Rhino hahaha; obviously I should have aligned the mesh better.

    I think this is definitely good enough to justify scanning the bike, likely several times and then its sub components, etc. It'll be a good training exercise and super useful in the future. I guess the real question will be how useful digital form finding will be or whether it should only be used as guide for more mechanical layout from a concept sketch.

  • I decided to buy a 3D scanner... kinda.

    David Troetschel05/01/2020 at 15:07 0 comments

    This is one of those projects where I realize that what I'm trying to copy was made by mortals. I'm pretty sure that there are small variations in the tubing angles and its going to take me forever, and likely unsuccessfully attempts to reproduce manually what I'm studying.

    So a 3D scanner is appropriate, I have a nice camera so photogrametry is an option but I went ahead and bought a $25 Xbox Kinnect sensor array. Using some software I should be able to scan the bike and its components. This will be particularly useful for stuff like the footpegs which sorely need to be redesigned and reconsidered ergonomically.

    If the first scanner I bought, coming next week is not good enough there is another $30 more modern version available too. Apparently they could even be used simultaneously and I could add lights and a range finder, etc. Using an ultrasound unit I could make a targeting system (to help maintain proper scanning distance) I have all the parts necessary so... maybe a sub $100 decent 3d scanner? Guess we'll see.

  • First modeling session recording

    David Troetschel04/29/2020 at 20:02 0 comments

    Progress so far:

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gary paterson wrote 07/03/2020 at 19:57 point

Hey man found this on youtube by pure chance just from looking for general XT225 videos by upload date.

By sheer coincidence, I've also very recently "scanned" my XT225 too. I make 3D models for sim racing games, and whilst I had no intention to do the same for the bike, I simply thought it'd be fun to see how well it photo-scanned.

Here is a short clip of the imported model, mixed quality throughout at you would expect,  but good enough for reference should I ever go on to model it in future. Thought you might want a look as its similar to yours :)

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