Discuss 3D scanning and 3D scanning-related topics.
BY krol
#3393
Hello

While I'm waiting for my Tiko, I'm trying to find a cheap reliable 3d scanner.
Anyone has tried one or heard good things about one?

I wouldn't mind having to print the parts but I would like to have a list of where to buy the electronic parts that goes with it.

thanks
BY LScott
#3414
I've had some good success getting a Kinect and using Skanect. I haven't used it for much other than making busts, but I'd imagine it would be similar to what you could get in terms of cheap 3d scanners. Skanect would also allow you to scan larger things, should you so desire.
BY Jimustanguitar
#3416
Other (cheaper) options that I've played with are using your cell phone and Autodesk 123D Catch, and doing photogrammetric scanning with AutoDesk ReMake.

I know people that have done the skanect (there's a hardware and commercial licensing difference between the XBox one and the Microsoft model) but when I gave it a try on my own machine, the drivers turned into a nightmare and I couldn't roll it back or uninstall it enough to get a successful and working install, so I never got to try it for myself.

I've been scanned, and saw a few hundred other people get scanned the same weekend, with a structure sensor on an iPad. That was very impressive. I would have bought one already, but it's been the same for a year or two and I get the impression that we're not that far off from a version 2, so I've been saving my pennies.
BY macv36
#3451
Hi

I bought a cheap scanner $99 in kickstarter also, now they are live but still cheap $119:
http://www.cowtechengineering.com/
The funny thing is I got my pledge after tiko but the printer just arrived and I need to print the parts to build the scanner.
From what I read on the project comments and facebook group, seems to be a good option.
I can tell more once I print the parts and start playing with it.
BY krol
#3472
Thanks for the ideas!

I tried 123d Scan and was unable to get good result. Actually it never accepted my pictures. I obviously am doing something wrong but still couldn't figure it out even when playing with light.

For cowtech I have looked at it too, it's just that I found some comment of people saying it sucked so I was waiting for a real review or at least more than just a pissed off comment from the kickstarter page. I'll be waiting to hear more about it.

I will also look into Skanect as it's the first time I see this.
BY drewsipher
#3625
Hey Krol,
I'm Drew from Matter and Form (We make 3D scanners)
What is the part you are trying to scan? That makes all the difference in what to get.
Are you in Toronto?

123D catch can be a nightmare sometimes to use. We've had best results using the iPhone 6 and the app. Take as make photos as possible, and make sure to put a lot of texture in the scene (put your object on a piece of newspaper or something)

Autocad also has Remake. https://remake.autodesk.com/
You could give that a try. It's similar, (same back end I think) but it's a desktop app with a bit more functionality and control.

And of course a shameless self promo
http://www.matterandform.net/scanner
It's the not the cheapest anymore but it scans like a pro scanner
If anyone wants, I made a promo for 25% off. Just use the code TIKOLOVE

Also happy to help with any scanning on other platforms or products. We own a LOT of different scanners and printers.
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BY dspeers
#5126
Wow, that cowtech website is awful! It's like the worst web design of the 90s came back to haunt me!

Anyway, I have a FabScan scanner that I built following the instructions here:

http://hci.rwth-aachen.de/fabscan
http://www.fabscan.org

I didn't buy a kit, I just sourced all the parts myself and built it following the instructions online. It works reasonably well, if you don't require a lot of precision. Though mine hasn't been working in over a year because I needed to 3D print some replacement parts, and I found myself waiting much longer than I expected for a new 3D printer for some reason... Hopefully here in the near future I'll be scanning again.
BY HugeMonkey5
#5337
The cheapes way i found is using kinect sensor with special soft, for example Artec Studio. Trial version costs you nothing. And kinect can be used not only for scanning, so if you or your friends have Xbox, it's quite good way. Quallity is good enough.
BY FritzToch
#5345
Hey Krol,
I'm Drew from Matter and Form (We make 3D scanners)
What is the part you are trying to scan? That makes all the difference in what to get.
Are you in Toronto?

123D catch can be a nightmare sometimes to use. We've had best results using the iPhone 6 and the app. Take as make photos as possible, and make sure to put a lot of texture in the scene (put your object on a piece of newspaper or something)

Autocad also has Remake. https://remake.autodesk.com/
You could give that a try. It's similar, (same back end I think) but it's a desktop app with a bit more functionality and control.

And of course a shameless self promo
http://www.matterandform.net/scanner
It's the not the cheapest anymore but it scans like a pro scanner
If anyone wants, I made a promo for 25% off. Just use the code TIKOLOVE

Also happy to help with any scanning on other platforms or products. We own a LOT of different scanners and printers.
Thank you for this. While I am not in the market for your product at this time, I would like to suggest you join us at the next 3D Hubs Toronto Monthly Meetup. Perhaps you can demo?