DIY 3d scanning - why not give it a try?
3D scanning services are not cheap. save yourself some money by doing it yourself
Although it is true that high quality 3D scanning technology
is largely used by people who apply it to their business, hence it is used
widely by large companies that rely on it to design and inspect their products,
ordinary people are more than welcome to try their hand at it. There are so
many that have not the slightest clue about what they are missing and as such
should be made aware that this technology is within reach of individuals that
are just curious about how it works. If you would like to scan objects for
whatever reason and don’t have the cash to pay for 3D scanning services, do a
little research on your own.
It is understandable that it may feel a bit intimidating, or
like a pretty big commitment to go at all alone, to actually go out and get your very own 3D scanner, as opposed to renting one for instance, but the
reality is that they have become quite common. This technology even has a
fanbase of people from all around the world who use it to expand on their
hobbies. It isn’t too difficult to imagine there being Star Wars fans that are
fed up with having to pay high prices that official merchandise have and would
prefer to scan and make their own by sending their scans to a 3D printer.
You can even find all sorts of fun and interesting forums
where you can easily read about other people’s personal experiences with this
technology. Many of these don’t have much of a background in working with
electronics so you can bet that it isn’t at all an alienating community. It may not be as easy as you think, as some may thing it is an easy button or a 3d photocopier (we are not there yet).
It is for this reason that there are all kinds of companies providing
3D scanning services that are specifically for the use of laypeople, and while
they may not be the best you can find they provide some pretty impressive
results that are sure to keep you plenty busy. Especially when it comes to the
more simplistic models, anyone can use them, even young children find them to
be user-friendly. They’re great for
creative people who like the idea of being able to play around with imagery
If only to satisfy one’s curiosity about how they work and
what kind of results they can achieve with them if you already have an
interest, there is a pretty small chance that you will end up disappointed with
the experience. There are different stages that are worth enjoying and seeing
how well you do. Once you have your cloud map you can load it into your
computer and play around with different editing tools and effects that you can
use to improve. It is a wonderful way to experiment with your visual
Household names of companies include Makerbot, which has
grown to be one of the largest around, is for many people the go-to brand for
those who like to 3D print and/or introduce to those that they know. As a matter
of fact, the Makerbot Digitizer scanner is one of the most established 3D scanning
systems in schools because it is much better than so many of the cheaper
scanners on the market.
Another name that you may have heard of that has a long
history with 3D printing is 3D systems who have been making 3D related systems
since the late 80’s. They have gained a pretty big following in the 3D scanning
services game for their very popular sense 3D scanner that can scan columns of
up to 2 cubic meters. No small feat and it is a very attractive option for
people for this reason. It also has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels that
capture texture color mapping to a degree that is sure to not disappoint.
Another brand that you may have heard of is the Taiwanese 3D
printer manufacturer XYZprinting which is very popular among those who are just
starting out in the printing and scanning world. Their Scanner 2.0 is one of
their latest versions and is a cool little number. It only weighs 238 grams but
in a sense it can do it all, scan faces, whole bodies and objects. Its
limitation sizes are 200 x 100 x 100 centimeters, and its resolution ranges
from 1 to 2.5 millimeters, so it’s
definitely not just a toy.
One of the main questions that you should aim to answer when
shopping around for your very first 3D printer is simply, what would you like
to use it for. Perhaps remembering a video or an article of interest that you
checked out and got the ball rolling about the possibilities for this
technology on a personal level. It is strongly suggested that you start out by
simply browsing around and noting the differences in the specifications with
each model. A lot of times they will give you specific examples about
applications that are associated with a certain model, or even model series.
While you may be tempted to think that it would be fun to
try everything if you’re just
starting out you should really try to get as specific as possible. Just think
of how there are so many variations out on the market and they have been
developed differently and with different concepts in mind. Even the most
affordable 3D scanners will set you back hundreds of dollars so why should you
think in terms of absolute minimums. Figure out how they work, why they work in
such a way and if you see yourself working with a certain type of model.
The cheapest that you will find will run you around $400,
but you are encouraged to spend more than that as these are sophisticated
devices and if you get one that isn’t too reliable it could even break right in
the middle of when you’re trying to use it correctly.
The basis for this technology has been around for a number
of decades now and it really is about time that scanners became user friendly.
It’s no longer just for
professionals who use it to make their work easier. and as you shop around you
may find it comforting to learn that various companies that make the most
reliable and popular 3D printing systems are the ones that are coming up with
their own models that everyone is more than welcome to use. If you have kids in
school it could help them with their projects and is sure to expand their
horizons and creativity considerably.
The bottom line is, don’t be shy! And give yourself the
opportunity to catch the 3D scanning and printing bug. Of course, it you get in
over your head you always have Arrival 3D to provide 3D scanning services for