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itSeez3D 3D Scanner App Review

By  •  November 14, 2016
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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HP Sprout 3D Scanning Review - 3D Capture Stage with Sneaker

HP Sprout Pro 3D Scanning Review

By  •  October 18, 2016

Update August 2017

The 2016 model of the Sprout has been replaced by a new model: the HP Sprout Pro G2.

Naturally, 3D Scan Expert has you covered with an in-depth, hands-on Review!

Read my Sprout G2 3D Scanning Review

3D scanning is getting increasingly popular, and affordable. This not only leads to lots of new 3D scanning hardware you can connect to a computer or tablet, but also integrating it into these devices. There have been quite a few manufacturers that have build Intel RealSense depth sensors into laptops and tablets, but HP has taken a different approach. The company that “reinvents everything” has build a all-in-one desktop computer, that has a bit more emphasis on all. 

The Sprout by HP, as it’s called, not only has all the computer’s hardware inside the 23.6 inch touchscreen, but also has an integrated Sprout Illuminator. This overhead device houses a digital camera, Intel RealSense 3D Camera, a reading lamp and a DLP projector. The latter projects a second screen down onto the TouchMat a pressure-sensitive placemat that can be operated with fingers as well as the included stylus.

The Sprout comes with many applications that are specifically designed to use the TouchMat. It contains all kinds of creative apps that let you draw, make music and even stop-motion animations. It also comes with many educational apps. Some of them even use Augmented Reality (AR) to overlay virtual information on top of printed classroom materials.

I am, however, not going to talk about any of these features. There are many reviews online that do this already. In this review I’m just going to test the Sprout’s 3D scanning capabilities. But I’ll go quite a lot deeper into this than any other review out there.

My review hardware was kindly provided by Dutch Sprout Reseller De Rekenwinkel, which even made a dedicated website for the machine.

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Fuel 3D Scanify Review - Tripod

Fuel 3D Scanify – 3D Scanner Review

By  •  July 11, 2016
Update June 8, 2017
Fuel3D is discontinuing sales of the Scanify in all regions outside the US & Canada.

As part of this process they have opted to make their Professional software free to use for all SCANIFY users.

In addition, while stocks last customers in the US and Canada can get SCANIFY for a reduced rate of $799.99 + taxes, , until 11th August 2017.

It’s important to note that Fuel3D will still honour all 1-year manufacturers’ warranties on products sold by authorised distributors before 11th August 2017. In addition, Fuel3D will support the SCANIFY product until 31st December 2017.

More info and the unlock code that can be used to upgrade Fuel3D Studio to Pro can be found here.

Fuel 3D is a UK-based manufacturer of 3D capturing technologies. If you keep an eye on the 3D market like I do, you might have read that the company recently received € 1.7 million EU Horizon 2020 funding to develop a 3D capture solution for eyewear. And just last month, it announced the CryoScan3D—an enterprise-level foot scanner specifically aimed at the orthotic market.

What I’m reviewing here is their $1500 / €1200 (ex VAT) handheld 3D scanner launced in 2015—the Scanify—kindly provided to me by Beglian reseller (thanks, Wim!).

The Scanify is an interesting product, because it’s very different from other scanners. And although it’s marketed as an allround 3D scanner, it’s only usable for a few specific purposes. But it does so in an impressive way.

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3D Systems Sense (1st Gen) 3D Scanner Review

By  •  February 24, 2016
This Review is based on the original, first generation Sense 3D Scanner.

In April 2016, 3D Systems (quietly) released the Next Generation Sense 3D Scanner—also referred to as the 2nd Generation, 2nd Gen, Sense 2—which uses the new Intel RealSense SR300 3D Camera hardware and promises better color textures, among other things.

Read my Sense 2 Review


In this post I’ll guide you through my discoveries with the Sense 3D Scanner. It is sold by 3D Printing company 3D Systems. It used to be part of their consumer-focussed Cubify line of products that also included the Cube 3D Printer, but the complete Cubify brand has been discontinued in December 2015. I’m sure they won’t be producing new ones, nor update the software, so this review is probably the final state of the product.

The Sense retails for about €400-€450 here in the Netherlands. The question of course is: is it worth that money? And what are the advantages compared to capturing objects with a free mobile app—which I found out works really well.

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Structure Sensor Mark II features Higher Resolution & Outdoor Scanning

By  •  August 13, 2019

Back in 2016, Occipital’s Structure Sensor was the second 3D scanner I ever reviewed. I liked it a lot back then and am still recommending it to people that want …
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Automate Photogrammetry with this Smart Turntable

By  •  March 4, 2019

A while a go I stumbled upon the Orangemonkie Foldio360 — a “smart turntable” that’s controlled by an app over Bluetooth. It costs €165 (ex. VAT) in the EU and $139 in the US.

Like the name implies, the Foldio360 is actually focused towards 360° product photography but I was curious if it could also be used to automate Photogrammetry. So I reached out to Dutch reseller Benèl BV who kindly supplied me a complete set containing the Foldio360, a portable light tent (with white, black and green backgrounds) and a smartphone tripod. You can buy them separately or as a set.

I think that’s within the budget of many (creative) professionals that want to experiment with 3D capture. It’s even affordable enough for hobbyists and education.

The question of course is: does it work for photogrammetry? Let’s find out!

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Now on KickStarter: D3D-s brings Robotics to Affordable 3D Scanning

By  •  April 3, 2018

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.

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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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2017 3D Scanning & Photogrammetry Holiday Gift Guide

By  •  November 22, 2017

2017 could well be considered the official kickoff of volumetric 3D for a larger audience. This partially the result of VR-headset sales but more so because of the introduction AR-capable smartphones.

Augmented Reality demands 3D models to work. It’s certainly cool to use the Sketchfab iOS-app or Android-app on your new ARkit or ARcore-enabled smartphone to project digital 3D models into your physical reality. But wouldn’t it be much more awesome if those models where your own 3D scans?

This holiday season is the perfect moment to enter the world of 3D — either on the capture side or on the viewing side! Here are some ideas for your wish list.

I tried to keep everything below affordable but if you’re celebrating the end of the year with an investment-mindset, I’d be glad to give you tailored recommendations.

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Photogrammetry Drag Race: ReMake vs. PhotoScan vs. RealityCapture vs. Zephyr

By  •  July 20, 2017

I get a lot of questions about the computation speed versus the quality of photogrammetry solutions. Now that I’ve finished my fourth review of a desktop program I though it was time to start a new series where I will benchmark various applications with different kinds of images and goals.

I’m starting with a test that will be most important when people want to choose between hardware-based 3D scanning and Photogrammetry. Often a deciding factor in this is processing time. It’s good to know that all 3D scanning methods require time for processing and for hardware scanners this greatly depends on the accuracy of the scanner. So I took a processing time average between processing times of depth sensor software like Skanect and professional-grade solutions like EinScan and Artec Studio.

In general, I found that for everyday projects where speed is more important than ultimate quality, the 15-20 minute mark can be considered “fast”. When I do 3D renders for animation or VFX I call this coffee-break rendering. It’s the exact opposite of doing overnight computations. Realistic enough for tight deadlines and small budgets.

Because I think every story should contain an automotive analogy I decided to call this experiment a Photogrammetry Software Drag Race — it’s short, it’s fast, it’s dirty. This post is not about creating stunningly beautiful 3D models — it’s about efficiency and productivity.

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What’s new in Artec Studio 12?

By  •  April 26, 2017

When I reviewed the Artec Eva recently, my conclusion was pretty simple: that device is currently the best general-purpose handheld 3D scanner money can buy — if you have enough …
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