We’re excited about three new 3D scanners that debuted just too late to review in this issue. All three have a turntable that rotates the object for complete 360° scanning, and all claim to be easy to use, with custom software that creates water-tight scans ready for 3D printing.
Price $1,400 Object scan size 2″–8″×2″–8″ dia. Resolution 0.5mm (0.0197″) Scan time 12 minutes OS supported Linux, Mac, Windows File formats exported STL Availability Now
The MakerBot Digitizer uses a camera and dual lasers to scan objects, capturing details down to 0.5mm. It spins the object twice — once for each laser — then combines the point clouds in software and, for MakerBot printer users, exports the 3D mesh straight into MakerWare for printing.
Price $579 Object scan size Up to 9.8″×7″ dia. Resolution Details to 0.43mm, size to ±0.25mm Scan time About 5 minutes OS supported Mac, Windows File formats exported STL, OBJ, and PLY (point cloud) Availability Expected late November 2013
The sleek, dual-laser Matterform looks similar to MakerBot’s offering but at a much more maker-friendly price, and it promises the addition of full-color scanning, a moving camera head for capturing tricky angles, more file formats, and a clever portable case.
Price $1,125 Object scan size 0.4″–7.8″×0.4″–8.6″ dia. Resolution 0.05mm—0.15mm (50—150 microns) Accuracy ±50—150 microns Scan time 15 minutes+ OS supported Linux, Mac, Windows File formats exported STL, OBJ, PLY, Sketchfab Availability Expected October 2013
CADScan’s Cubik senses depth with a “series of phase-shifted patterns” projected by LED arrays and captured by dual 5MP cameras. It’s their own patent-pending variant of structured-light scanning, and they’re promising much higher resolution than laser scanners, with full-color capture as well.