Portable handheld 3D scanners can be a great investment as a first scanner due to their great all-around utility. The chief advantage of a handheld scanner is the ability to bring it to the object to be scanned. This can be extremely beneficial in circumstances where the object is in an inconvenient location or is fixed and unable to be moved. Many handheld scanners use target stickers applied to the part itself (or its immediate surroundings) to maintain its position while scanning.
Some popular portable handheld scanners available on the market for purchase are:
Creatform Go Scan 3D
The Creaform Go Scan 3D boasts simple, quick and accurate scanning. Newer models have full color capability. Its has a self-positioning scanning system and can be used by anyone regardless of previous scanning experience.
The Artec Eva is a very versatile scanner and can capture scans of almost any kind of object, regardless of surface characteristics. It captures high resolution textures using its color camera, and is good at scanning non-rigid subjects such as a human body.
The Faro Freestyle is a durable scanner built for industrial environments. It can work with or without targets, and its data is easily integrated with results taken from Faro long range scanner data.
If you are comparing the Artec vs. the Creaform GoScan3D, the jury is still out in our opinion. We like the GoScan for its quality and speed, but the Artec has some strong points as well.