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!
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.
If you’ve read my previous 3D Scanner Review of the 3D Systems Sense you know that I was impressed by the ease-of-use and geometric details for a device priced below €450. But the quality of the color information — or textures — the Sense captures are completely underwhelming. This has been fixed with the Sense 2 I reviewed later)
I got my Structure Sensor from the Dutch 3D Printing and 3D Scanning Store MakerPoint.