When we consider creating objects in 3D, the first thing that comes to mind for many users is to be able to scan Real World objects to digitize them and to be able to carry out rescaling and modifications in a digital environment. There have been different solutions on the market for a long time to be able to digitize real objects.
This time we are going to analyze the equipment provided by the manufacturer XYZPrinting. a handheld 3D scanner, easy to use and that we can transport anywhere.
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Comparison of similar products
It is difficult to establish a comparison of products because there are very few manufacturers that have dared to sell a device of this complexity and characteristics in a domestic and semi-professional environment. Of the equipment that we have incorporated in the comparison, 2 of them are designed to scan objects left on a rotating platform. And also the BQ scanner (that we have previously analyzed) has been discontinued.
The price of the XYZPrinting 3D scanner places it as the cheapest product of the comparison. Next, we will assess whether it technically meets the expectations that it has generated for us.
Technical aspects and specifications of the XYZPrinting 3D scanner
This handheld scanner is based on Intel RealSense technology, this technology basically combines an infrared camera to capture the depth of scanned objects and an HD camera to capture textures. In reality, the process is much more complex since the equipment itself is responsible for emitting an infrared beam from which it then interprets the rebounds captured by the infrared camera and combines and corrects the data obtained through an algorithm that makes use of the data from this. camera and HD camera.
This technology has an infinite number of applications and XYZPrinting has applied it to the creation of a small equipment that has incorporated the Intel F200 camera model. East excellent hardware has accompanied him with a very easy to use software that will allow us to quickly obtain digital objects very faithful to those scanned in the Real World.
The manufacturer has created a scanner with a very attractive design. It combines a striking red with an opaque gray in a compact and ergonomic design that we can hold and operate with just one hand. The body of the scanner incorporates a button that will allow us to start and stop the scanning process.
These details are intended so that we can operate the equipment with one hand, leaving us the other hand free to use the PC and perform some options such as saving our design and repeating the scan if we are not too satisfied with the result.
The scanner connects to PC via cable approximately 2 meters. If you are going to scan using a desktop PC, you can already go looking for an extension because surely on some occasion it falls a little short.
With a scan volume oscillating between 100x100x200 cm and 5x5x5 cm the possibilities are limitless and we will be able to scan from small objects to voluminous works of art.
La depth resolution between 1 and 2,5 mm It assures us that the digitized objects will be faithful to the original, but possibly this definition is not suitable for sectors that work with work environments in which it is measured by microns or even by millimeters. To have a good result the scanner must be between 10 and 70 cm from the model to be scanned, we will have to take this into account when scanning bulky objects as well as having an adequate distance of USB cable available to move around the object.
Supported operating systems, requirements and connectivity
We have been surprised by how demanding the minimum resources we need to be able to use the equipment. In our case, we have not been able to use this scanner on a computer bought in the office 3 years ago and we had to find a team of the newest incorporating USB 3.0 ports.
According to the manufacturer, the recommended specifications are:
- USB 3.0
- Windows 8.1 / 10 (64-bit)
- Processor: 5th Generation Intel® Core ™ i4 or later
- 8 GB of RAM
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 ti or better with 2GB of RAM
At any rate The easiest way to check if we have a computer capable of running the scanner is to run the software (you must register to download it) that the manufacturer makes available to everyone.
Installation and commissioning
In the product content an SD card is supplied with the software that we must install. However, we recommend that you download the latest version available from the manufacturer's website. Because recently the option to be able to scan very large objects has been incorporated.
The installation process is very simple, go ahead, I accept…. we have been able to install without any driver problems and without having to adjust rare options.
Once we started the software for the first time we are surprised by the feeling of its simplicity. Is very intuitive and even a child could make it serve without much difficulty, 3 clicks and we have our first scanned object.
Quality of the scans obtained
Es very easy to get a good scan because in the software at all times you can check the status in which the scanning process is developing and correct in real time if you make any mistakes. While it is true that where best result we obtain is when scanning larger objects than a cup, for smaller dimensions it is difficult for him to interpret the data.
These are some of the examples that we have scanned. From a buddy's head to a couple of fridge magnets, even a cactus in your pot.
As a general recommendation we will tell you that you must move the scanner little by little to give the software time to process all the information it is receiving and that the object to be scanned has to be very well lit.
One of the most remarkable points that this team has is the Great value for the price. We are not going to find a product on the market that integrates this technology at a price as good as the XYZPrinting team.
If we add to this fact the good work that the manufacturer has done when designing the product and the success of accompanying the hardware with a easy to use software We conclude that this is one of the best options on the market to access a 3D scanner at an economical price.
- Editor's rating
- 4.5 star rating
- 3D scanner
- Review of: Toni de Frutos
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- DesignPublisher: 95%
- DurabilityPublisher: 90%
- FinishesPublisher: 90%
- Price qualityPublisher: 95%
- Excelente relación calidad / precio
- Simple and functional design
- Easy to use software
- Short USB cable
- Very high hardware requirements