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3D Scanner Software

Reviews of third-party software that can be used with 3D Scanners or Depth Sensors

Skanect 1.9 (with Structure Sensor) 3D Scanning Review
4 months ago

Skanect 1.9 (with Structure Sensor) 3D Scanning Review

This review of the Skanect 3D scanning software has been a long time coming and is one of the most-requested ones, too. One of the first 3D scanners I reviewed was the Structure Sensor. I was planning to make a review trilogy of that, starting with testing it with the free (sample) apps by manufacturer Occipital. The second episode was a review of the excellent itSeez3D software.

I actually started testing Skanect right after that, but although I liked the overall workflow I was disappointed by the texture quality. After some research, I discovered that a new version — 1.9 — was being developed and would fix that very problem, among other improvements. So I postponed the review and started beta-testing the new version.

Skanect 1.9 has been in development for over half a year. Let’s find out if it’s was worth waiting for!

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itSeez3D 3D Scanner App Review
8 months ago

itSeez3D 3D Scanner App Review

This review has been updated for itSeez3D 4.1. This update adds a new subscription-based business model, improved object scanning and a new environment scanning feature. I also made some small edits for version 4.3 that includes a face-detection bypass for scanning people with helmets (and VR headsets).

In Part 1 of this Review I tested the Structure Sensor—or  iSense—hardware and the apps build by the manufacturer. In this second part, I’m focussing on a third party app. While the name might sound a bit funny, itSeez3D is very powerful and polished 3D Scanning app. The iPad version is specifically designed to be used with the Structure Sensor.

There’s also a Windows version designed to be used with tablets that have an Intel RealSense R200 sensor. I Reviewed that version in combination with the Wacom MobileStudio Pro.
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Preview: 3D Room Scanning with Canvas & Structure Sensor
8 months ago

Preview: 3D Room Scanning with Canvas & Structure Sensor

Occipital, makers of the Structure Sensor I reviewed earlier, has released Canvas — a Free 3D Room Scanning app for iPad.

When I give a presentation about 3D scanning, one question I always get is if it’s possible to 3D scan an entire room. I alway counter this with asking what the intended purpose is: aesthetically or metrical. The problem with the former is that 3D scanning technology doesn’t give eye-pleasing results yet so at this time we’re still bound to using 360° photography for virtual real estate tours.

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3D Systems Sense for RealSense Software Review
12 months ago

3D Systems Sense for RealSense Software Review

Important Update (February 2017)

I’ve had multiple reports that the Sense for RealSense software does not work with the SR300-based Razer Stargazer. It does work with the Creative BlasterX Senz3D that I have here, but that one was originally bought as SR300 SDK so I’m not sure if it will work with the retail version of that device. I also received a message from a XYZ 3D Scanner (RealSense F200) owner that got a message that the device is not supported.

So I’m under the impression that 3D Systems has updated the software and now only supports their own Sense 2 3D Scanner (Review)

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