3D scanner 2015

Cheapest & Most Reliable 3D Scanners — 3DPrint’s 2015 Buyer's Guide - 3DPrint.com

While most individuals are not skilled 3D designers, the one thing that’s so great about the 3D printing space is that you don’t need to be able to model your own products in order to make a 3D printer a worthy purchase. There are over 1 million available models online for anyone to download, most which are absolutely free. If, however, there is something you can’t find on the various model repositories, or you wish to replicate a common object or even a person, it may be time to purchase a 3D scanner. (We’ve also updated this list for 2016!)

There are numerous 3D scanners on the market. In fact it seems as if every week or two another product is announced. The sheer number of scanners that are becoming available can be incredibly overwhelming, especially if you have no idea what you really need. We’ve decided to make things a bit simpler for all of you, taking some of the guesswork out of the purchasing process. Below, with the help of the writers and editors at 3DPrint.com, and in a similar fashion to the 3D Printer Buyer’s Guide we published earlier this year, we have curated a list of some of our favorite 3D scanners based on price, usability, and quality of scan. This list will be updated on a consistent basis to reflect what we feel are the top devices on the market at any given time.

Matter and Form MFS1V1 3D Scanner
If you are looking for an affordable, accurate, stationary 3D scanner, there are few products which compete with the Matter and Form MFS1V1 3D Scanner. Don’t let the price of under $575 fool you. This device is an incredible addition to any maker’s garage, or can also be the perfect fit for design studios and small businesses which required the scanning of smaller objects. You certainly can’t scan an SUV with this device, but with the ability to capture a staggering 2,000 points per second and scan at resolutions of around 0.43mm, this scanner will hold its own against any other stationary device on the market. Additionally it is able to fold up, collapsing to a size of just 3.5 x 8.35 x 13.5 inches, which combined with a weight of just under 7 pounds makes it incredibly portable. High resolution scans will take approximately 5 minutes and once a model is scanned, the software allows for the user to export it as a watertight 3D printable file with ease.

Pros: Price, Scan quality, Portability, Ease-of-use
Cons: Limit on object size, Quality of construction

DAVID Laserscanner – SLS2 High Speed & Resolution 3D Scanner
If you can afford the rather steep price tag of $2995, this is an incredible buy. Produced by David Vision Systems, the Laserscan device will allow you to scan objects in 3D at 1280 x 800 pixels. The quality of each scan (0.1% of object size — up to 0.05 mm) will simply blow you away, while accuracy is second to none at this price point. Relying on the company’s innovative Structured Light technology, this device will allow you to scan objects large and small (60-500 mm in size) in a matter of just a few seconds. Additionally the mesh density that this device allows one to achieve is a staggering 1,200,000 vertices per scan, which can be exported using any of the three main 3D model file formats, OBJ, STL and PLY.

Pros: Quality scans, Reliability, Bang for the buck, Scan speed
Cons: Installation/setup time, Image processing time

Fuel3D Scanify Scanner
This is one of the more remarkable handheld scanners. Instead of requiring a user to move the scanner around an object, this device works just like your typical digital camera. Using pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging, users can simply click a button and within a fraction of a second a 3D image is captured. While you will not be able to capture complete 360 degree 3D data, the scan area is quite large for not requiring any image stitching or movement on the part of the user. I have used this scanner in the past and can say it’s an impressive device for sure. Priced at just $1,500, it’s hard to go wrong with this camera/scanner.

Pros: Incredibly fast, Accurate, Simplistic
Cons: Diminished viewing angle will not permit entire 360 degree scans

Occipital Structure Sensor
Like the 3D Systems’ iSense Scanner we have mentioned below, the Structure sensor by Occipital works in a similar fashion by attaching to one’s iPad. Priced under $380, this scanner is the most affordable on our list. With scanning resolutions as high as 0.5mm and accuracies of up to 4mm, this scanner is perfect for the beginner as well as those with some experience within the space. Users are able to capture 3D imagery at distances between 40cm and 3.5m, making this device incredibly versatile. The scanner attaches to any iPad, version 2 and up, with ease, and is incredibly simply to set up. Although this is not a device if you are trying to scan intricate objects for replication via 3D printing, it is the perfect scanner for less intricate jobs.

Pros: Price, Ease-of-use, Reliability
Cons: iPad required, Scan quality of smaller items

3D Systems’ iSense 3D Scanner
This scanner fits snugly onto your iPad, turning its 2D camera into a fully functioning 3D scanner. Made in the United States, this scanner is backed by one of the world’s largest 3D printer manufacturers, 3D Systems. While it may not have incredibly high resolution, this scanner is great for the beginner. It can function at a scan distance of 3.5 meters and has a view field of 48 degrees vertically and 58 degrees horizontally. Since you aren’t paying for the actual computing power of the iPad, which you presumably already have, this is an exceptional bang for your buck. The battery lasts approximately 3-4 hours of active scanning or 1,000 hours at standby. This scanner is priced at just under $500.

Pros: Price, Size/weight, Versatility
Cons: iPad required, Battery life, Scan quality

XYZprinting Da Vinci 1. 0 All-in-One 3D Printer
If you don’t have a 3D printer yet, then this is the perfect product for you. Although the printer is not the best of quality, the price of $600 for both a 3D scanner and printer make the Da Vinci All-in-One machine a no-brainer if you are a beginner looking for an affordable scanning and printing option in one. Using sophisticated scanning algorithms and asymmetric 2-way laser scanning technology, XYZprinting is able to integrate a decent scanner into this machine. The software that this machine comes with is exceptionally easy to use, and one can pretty much plug the printer/scanner in and begin using it within a few minutes. As long as there are no calibration issues, which sometimes can be a bit of a hassle, this is as close to a ‘plug and play’ device that you will find.

Pros: Price, Easy to use software, Two technologies for the price of one, Scan quality
Cons: Calibration issues, Speed

Artec Eva 3D Scanner
You may have noticed that all of the scanners we have mentioned above are priced under $3,000. We’ve decided to add one higher price device to the list simply because of its incredible quality. Priced at $19,800, the Artec EVA is a monster of a handheld scanner. Artec has made a name for themselves within the 3D scanning space, and the Eva certainly does’t diminish that clout. With incredibly high accuracy of 0.1mm and resolutions as high as 0.5mm, this scanner only weighs 1.9 pounds. If you need a product which will be used for more than just tinkering around, the Eva may be the perfect fit.

Pros: Scan quality and accuracy, Weight, Portability
Cons: Price

There you have it! Let us know if you have any feedback on any of these devices, or if you think another scanner should make this list. Discuss in the Best 3D Scanners of 2015 forum thread on 3DPB.com

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2015 Best 3D Scanners Under $10000

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Posted December 10, 2014 by iReviews in 3D Scanners 45110

Under $1,500Under $10,000Under $50,000Over $50,000

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FARO Focus 3D X130
NextEngine 3D Scanner HD
Aicon Breuckmann d-STATION
3D Digital Corp eScan3D
ShapeGrabber LM600
ModelFocus 3D X1303D Scanner HDBreuckmann d-STATIONeScan3DLM600
Competitive Edge
Most VersatileCoolest DesignMost AccurateFastest ScansBest Value
Product webpageFaro
3D Digital Corp
Size (cm)24 x 20 x 1022. 4 x 9.1 x 27.738 x 38 x 3521 x 24 x 1279 x 40 x 49
TypeTripod MountedTabletopTabletopTripod MountedStand Mounted
Scan Distance or Volume130 meters34.3 x 25.7 x 25.7 cm17 cm600 x 400 x 400 cm60 x 17.5 x 19 cm
View Field300 deg H, 360 deg V90 deg H, 90 deg V360 deg.N/AN/A


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There are indeed a lot of things that 3D scanners can do to make both hobbies and professional manufacturing tasks more productive, more worthwhile and even more fun. At this level, though, it is mostly about the professional setting, as these particular models tend to be outside of the price range of most home hobbyists and enthusiasts. What you get with the 3D scanners in this list are more sophisticated lasers and the inclusion of tracking cameras, you get tripod mounted units that can scan more quickly and accurately than a lot of the home solutions and you get bigger scanning ranges, often as big as an automobile.

With this significantly more sophisticated type of technology, the possibilities and applications are endless. The advanced laser technology in these models can not only be used to accurately scan and reproduce, but they can also be used as a guiding eye for robotic technology, since they are capable of triangulating and pinpointing precise points that the human eye can’t zero in on.

With this level of scanners, you can also produce 1:1 scale, as-built drawings and models of bridges, buildings, ancient structures and works of art, documentation and layouts of historical sites, and even sub-surface scanning of underground areas such as mines. Imagine having the ability to go into a mine and sweep a scanner around to find a mother lode of precious ore without having to use a single pick axe or dig even an inch. You can imagine how much trial and error this can eliminate, not to mention time and money.

Advanced 3D scanning is also used in entertainment, helping to create more accurate and believable virtual reality, as well as virtual cinematography for video games and movies, saving countless of millions of dollars in costs for special effects and artwork.

These are just a few of the applications and just a small bit of the potential of the advanced 3D scanner, and we are happy to include our picks for what we believe to be the iReviews 2015 best 3D scanners under $10,000.

Most affordable 3d scanners in 2015

Pelevin N. 0 Comments 3D Systems, 3d scanners, 3d scanning, iPad, Equipment

Most people working with 3d printers are not qualified, but due to the rapid development of 3d technologies, a huge number of devices are being created to help them in their work.

On special sites you can find more than one million available 3d models, which are distributed completely free of charge. If you want to create your own 3d model from scratch, then you should consider buying a 3d scanner. nine0011

The market currently offers a large number of such devices. It seems that every week or two there is a new model. In the near future, the number of scanners that will be in the economy price category will be simply incredible.

We have created a small list of devices that have been released during the last year and are already available for sale.

Matter and Form MFS1V1 3d Scanner

If you are looking for an affordable stationary 3d scanner, the MFS1V1 is worth checking out. Don't let the $575 price fool you, as this unit is one of the best 3d scanners out there and should be in any 3d designer's collection, as well as in small and large design studios. nine0011

Although it is not possible to scan an entire SUV with it, it does an excellent job with small objects. At a resolution of 0.43 mm, the results of special tests reach an incredible 2000 points per second. MFS1V1 will create a great competition in the 3d scanner market.

Case form factor - transformer, which means that the device will not take up extra space in the room. The assembled dimensions are 8.9 x 21.2 x 34 centimeters. Combined with a weight of 3.1 kg, these characteristics make the scanner ultra-portable. nine0011

The high-resolution scanning process will take about 5 minutes, and the built-in software allows you to export the data array to a 3d file immediately after the printing process is completed.

Advantages of MFS1V1: low price, high quality of scanning, ease of use.

Disadvantages: severe limitation on the size of the scanned object.

DAVID Laserscanner - high speed and quality with SLS2 technology

If you can afford to buy a scanner, the price of which is 2995 dollars - the purchase will fully meet all expectations. According to the director of David Vision Systems, Laserscanner will make it possible to receive scanned objects at a resolution of 1280x800 pixels. Scanning quality clearly distinguishes Laserscanner from competitors in its price category.

The device allows you to scan objects ranging in size from 60 to 500 mm in just a few seconds, and thanks to the density of the grid, you can get a data array of 1,200,000 values. The result can be saved to a file with extensions for 3d printing: OBJ, STL, PLY. nine0011

Advantages of DAVID Laserscanner: high quality and speed of scanning, reliability, reasonable price among laser scanners.

Disadvantages: configuration and setup takes time, slow processing of the received data.

Scanner Fuel3D Scanify

Interesting design and attractive 3d scanner. If other devices require the object to be scanned inside itself, then Fuel3D Scanify works in the same way as a regular digital camera. The user needs to move the device around the object, while all the necessary data will be taken to recreate it. nine0011

The device uses pre-calibrated stereo cameras, and the user only needs to press a button to capture the object in 3D.

The scanning area is quite large, so there is no need to walk around the object from all sides. The price of Scanify is kept at the level of 1.5 thousand dollars.

Advantages of Fuel3D Scanify: easy to use, fast to work, very accurate.

Disadvantages: the viewing angle does not allow capturing the object from all sides without moving the camera. nine0011

3D Rear Scanner for iPad - Structure Sensor

The 3D Peripheral Scanner for Apple devices works like an iSense gadget, allowing you to literally carry a 3D scanning device in your pocket.

The Structure Sensor scan resolution is 0.5 mm and the accuracy is up to 4 mm. This scanner is ideal for beginner 3d designers, as well as for those who already have experience with 3D objects.

An object can be captured from 40 cm to 3.5 m, making the Structure Sensor extremely versatile. The 3d scanner works with iPads of the second version and above, it is easy to connect and configure. nine0011

Although this device is not suitable for scanning large objects, it can easily cope with plain objects. At the moment, the price of the Structure Sensor is 380 US dollars.

Advantages: low price, easy to connect and use, high reliability.

Disadvantages: requires an iPad to work, scans only small objects with high quality.

iSense by 3D Systems

The iSense gadget turns your iPad from an ordinary tablet with a built-in camera into a full-featured 3D scanner. This device is created and supported by one of the largest manufacturers of 3d printers - 3D Systems, which is located in the USA.

Although this addition to the tablet does not have a high resolution, it is ideal for those who have just begun to explore the world of 3d design.

Capture range is 3.5 meters, and viewing angles are 48 degrees vertically and 58 horizontally. In active scanning mode, the battery will last 3-4 hours, or up to a thousand hours in standby mode. The price of iSense is about 500 US dollars. nine0011

Advantages of iSense: affordable price, small dimensions, versatility.

Disadvantages: requires connection to iPad, battery drain rate depends on scan quality.

3d scanner XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 All-in-One

If you haven't got a stationary 3d printer yet, then XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 All-in-One is the best solution. Of course, the quality of a multifunctional device cannot be compared with expensive units, but creating a device that will combine all the components necessary for 3d scanning and printing at a price of $600 is not an easy task. The device is ideal for beginner 3d designers or those who like to work with simple projects. nine0011

The 3D printer uses sophisticated algorithms, including asymmetric, dual-lane laser scanning technology.

The included software is quite easy to use and it only takes a few minutes to connect the unit. The only difficulty is the calibration process.

Advantages of XYZprinting Da Vinci: low price, simple software, two devices for the price of one, acceptable scanning quality.

Weaknesses: calibration complexity, low speed.

Artec Eva 3d Scanner

All the scanners we mentioned above cost less than $3000, but I would like to mention one more device that is much higher in the price category, but has simply incredible characteristics for a portable scanner.

Artec Eva costs almost 20 thousand dollars and is simply a monster in the series of portable 3d scanners. This device has made a name for itself in 3d scanning and its influence in the world of 3d technology is not reduced by any position. nine0011

Grip accuracy is 0.1 mm and expansion is 0.5 mm and weighs just over 800 grams.

Advantages of Artec Eva: the highest quality of scanning, accuracy, weight, portability.

Disadvantages: price.

Fuel3D Introduces Super Fast SCANIFY Scanner at CES 2015

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Today at International CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Fuel3D unveiled a development that has the power to completely turn the world of 3D scanning and printing on its head. Meet the handheld 3D scanner SCANIFY, which not only makes great scans, but also has an incredibly high speed. And with all this, most users of 3D printers can afford it, because it costs only 1490 dollars.

“When we first thought about SCANIFY, we wanted to make a scanner that would give all users the opportunity to experience the magical world of 3D scanning and printing,” explains Stewart Mead, CEO of Fuel3D. “SCANIFY allows you to transform the most complex objects, such as a human face, into a detailed, full-color 3D image, as if you were taking a photograph with a digital camera.”

The scanner, based on technology developed by the University of Oxford, takes 3D scanning to a whole new level and makes it accessible to literally everyone. Following are some of the features of SCANIFY:

  • Speed ​​- Capable of capturing 3D objects in 1/10th of a second. Even if the object is moving, SCANIFY converts it into a 3D image. This effect is achieved through a combination of pre-configured stereo cameras and a photometric image.
  • Simple operation: if you know how to take pictures with a digital camera, you will definitely cope with SCANIFY.
  • Availability: SCANIFY costs $1,490, which means that anyone who can afford a 3D printer can also afford a 3D scanner. nine0169
  • High quality: Capable of capturing multicolored features up to 350 microns (0.35 mm).

The scanner comes with Fuel3D Studio, which instantly converts scans into files for 3D printing.

Yes, there are other scanners on the market at this price, but they make scans of such poor quality, which then have to be cleaned up, that all the pleasure of working immediately disappears. So check out Fuel3D and we're sure you won't regret it. nine0011

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