While it may no seem like it, 3D scanning has been around since the 1970’s and it has changed a lot from its inception. Using laser triangulation, 3D scanning devices capture a digital model of real-world objects. While 3D scanners used to be far more common for industrial usage, recent developments have widened the pool, allowing for low cost scanners to enter the market.
One can imagine, 3D scanners and 3D printing go hand in hand. That’s why we’ve created a handy guide to scanning technology right here, rating them by price, speed, precision and software capabilities.
Thunk3D Cooper M20 3D Scanner
Thunk3D Cooper M20 3D Scanner.
- Scan speed: 3.3s per scan and effect a circle within 2 minutes
- Scan volume: 200 mm (D) x 200 mm (H)
- 3D scanner camera: ON-semi COMS sensor and dual 5mp lens
- Precision: 0.04 mm
- OS: Windows
- File types: .STL, .OBJ, .ASC and .PLY formats
EinScan-SE 3D Scanner
The EinScan-SE has an auto meshing feature in order to get watertight 3D data, which provides high quality 3D data for your 3D printer.
- Scan speed: 2 minutes
- Scan volume: 200 mm x 200 mm x 200 mm
- Precision: < 0.1 mm
- OS: Windows
- Computer requirements: Win 7,8.1 or 10 ,64bit _Port: 2 x available USB ports（USB2.0 or USB3.0) _Graphic Card: Only NVIDIA Series graphic card is supported _CPU: Dual core processor (I5) or higher -Display memory：>1G -Memory Storage：8G or more
- File types: .STL, .OBJ
Matter and Form 3D Scanner
The Matter and Form 3D Scanner has a moving HD camera with dual lasers and a rotating platform.
- Scan speed: 5 minutes
- Scan volume: 180 mm (D) x 250 mm (H)
- 3D scanner camera: HD
- Precision: 0.43 mm
- OS: Windows and Mac
- File types: .STL, .OBJ, and point cloud .PLY formats
HE3D Ciclop 3D Scanner
The HE3D Ciclop 3D Scanner is an open source DIY 3D scanner kit.
- Scan speed: (configurable) 2-8 minutes
- Steps per rotation: 1600
- Scan volume: 250 mm (D) x 205 mm (H)
- Stepper motor: 42
- 3D scanner camera: logitech C270 HD webcam
- Precision: 0.5 mm
- Maximum object weight: 3 Kg.