I have reviewed many desktop 3D scanners and I specifically like them in combination with a turntable. Being able to automate high-quality 3D scanning of small to medium objects is simply a time saver. But until now that automation has always been just partial since most objects require multiple scans from different height angles. That requires the operator to manually rotate the object or adjust the height of the scan head by using a tripod.
There are already solutions for completely automating object scanning but they’re usually a combination of an industrial grade handheld scanner (like the $19k Artec Space Spider) on an industrial grade robotic arm. That’s awesome technology but many companies don’t have the budget for either the scanner or the robotic arm.
On the other end of the spectrum there’s the $469 Matter and Form desktop 3D scanner — crowdfunded back in 2013 — but that device can only move the scanning head upwards and has a very small turntable so the use cases for professionals are limited.
A new 3D desktop scanner on KickStarter, named the D3D-s, aims to resolve this by borrowing some ideas from 3D printers. It puts a rotatable scanner head with high-resolution (5 megapixel) camera on rails that can move along 3 axis and also comes with a large turntable.
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At CES 2018, Shining 3D announced new modules for their EinScan line of 3D Scanners.
Discovery Pack for EinScan-SE & EinScan-SP
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At CES 2018, HP announced the Z 3D Camera, a down-facing depth sensor that can make 3D scans. Sounds familiar? That’s because HP uses the same concept on their Sprout Pro all-in-one computers, of which I reviewed the G2 a while a go.
Microsoft has decided to stop producing its Kinect Depth Sensor, according to an exclusive report on FastCo Design. With that decision the company is Hitting Refresh on yet another product that didn’t receive mass traction. The Kinect, especially the original 360 model, is not just a device that is used for Xbox owners to play motion-activated (dance) games but also a very popular device for people to get into 3D scanning at an affordable price point.
Kinect was the beginning point of many interesting software solutions for 3D scanning, too, like the Skanect application (Review) that was later acquired by Occipital, manufacturer of the still-available Structure Sensor (Review).
While I never tested the original Kinect 360, I did write a Mini-Review of the Kinect V2 for Xbox One / Windows without much enthusiasm about the results I got. So I think it’s a good decision and maybe it helps Microsoft to speed up the development of that very promising mobile 3D Capture app.
Now that it’s no longer in production and stock will probably run out after a few months, what are the alternatives for 3D scanning with a budget-friendly depth sensor?
Here are a few to consider:
When it comes to photogrammetry-based 3D capture, Autodesk has been making a lot of decisions in a short period of time. First they discontinued the popular 12D Catch apps. Then they …