The 3D scanning allows us to easily create models for existing objects and products in various of sizes.
Instead of creating a 3D model for objects, the 3D scanner takes shots for it and convert to a 3D scanned model similar to the 3D computer-generated models.
The 3D printing industry is aiming to reduce the price of 3D printers especially for the desktop models that allow individuals to 3D print their models with the lowest cost possible. The reduced cost includes the price of the 3D printer itself.
3D scanners allow us to create 3D models for objects and 3D print in smaller size such as creating 3D prints for touristic monuments. Unlike the cheap 3D printers, the 3D scanners comes in high cost and many designers cannot afford buying it for their personal designs and prototypes.
3D Systems provides a solution that can overcome the high cost of the 3D scanners through their new iSense product. The iSense is an iPad 3D scanner that can be attached to iPad and used as a 3D scanner to produce 3D models.
iSense can be attached to the iPad while walking around the objects, it starts to take photos for objects from different angels. The system is supported by 3D System software called 3DS Sense scanner.
The iSense 3D scanner is compatible with iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display and iPad 4 with Retina display. Additionally, the iPad 3D scanner has the following specifications:
Supportes iOS 7 or later
Operating Range is Min: 0.4 m, Max: 3.5m
Field of View: Horizontal is 58°, Vertical: 45°
Battery Life is 3-4 hours of active scanning; 1000+ hours of standby
Scan Volume Min: 0.2m x 0.2m x 0.2m, Max: 3m x 3m x 3m
Weight: 99.2 grams
Spatial x/y resolution @ 0.5m: 0.9mm
Scanner Dimensions: 119.2mm x 27.9mm x 29mm
Depth image size: VGA (640 x 480)
Color Image Size: QVGA (320 x 240)
In addition to the scanning, the iSense iPad 3D scanner allows editing 3D models and upload it to Cubify for cloud printing. The iSense’s price is around $499 and you can pre-order now as the shipping will be in the second half of July. The below video show how the new iPad 3D scanner works: