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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
5 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
9 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
9 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
1 year 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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