What is 3D scanning?

3D scanning measures the geometry of a real, physical object. A 3D scanner will provide an exact digital copy of virtually anything.

This digital copy can then be exported as a polygon mesh file and be used in different computer-aided processes such as 3D modeling, computer-aided design (often referred to as CAD), computer-aided manufacturing or 3D printing.

What is a polygon mesh?

Ha, we knew this question was coming. A mesh is a representation of a 3D model made from thousands of dots (called vertices), all linked together by lines (called edges), which form tiny polygonal shapes (called faces). The assembling of all these geometry elements lead to a mesh-like structure depicting the surface of an object.

Components of the polygon mesh simply match the 3D shape of an object, allowing the use of the object’s 3D model in all computer graphics and 3D design software.

How does the scanner work?

The scanner projects a coded pattern of light from an white light (LED) source. This coded pattern (similar to the “white noise” pattern analog TV sets used to emit, or, for a more recent reference, to a QR code) will match the shape of the object to be scanned. The software, which can decipher the specific code, will then be able to create a 3D geometry of the object from each camera frame.

The different 3D shapes captured in each frame will finally be aligned together based on their geometry, and optimized to provide a clean, quality output, and all this is happening live during the scan.

Is the Go!SCAN 3D eye-safe?

Yes it is. The Go!SCAN 3D presents no risk for the eyes, even when used extensively. We have received the rating Exempt Group per IEC 62471:2006 Photobiological safety of lamps and lamp systems  (1st edition).

What is the price of the Go!SCAN 3D scanner?

The Go!SCAN 3D is the most affordable of all the Creaform scanner line-ups. It is entry-level priced, but still offers industrial-grade 3D scanning quality and excellent ROI. Its price is that of a compact car.

What kind of setup is required?

The Go!SCAN 3D is a stand-alone device that does not require any tracking or positioning system. It uses the object itself as its reference and because of that, both the scanner and the object can be moved during the scan. No need for a rigid or complex setup! We know, that’s nearly revolutionary! It’s kind of the point, actually.

Just plug the USB cable of the scanner in your computer, launch the software, and scan. As simple as that.

What do you mean by resolution?

The resolution of a 3D scanner is its capacity to detect and render details on a surface. For instance if you have a small scratch on a wooden surface, the better the resolution, the most precise the scratch will appear on the 3D model.

The Go!SCAN 3D has a resolution of 0.5 mm, which means you will be able to capture pretty fine details on surfaces: roughly the size of a grain of sand.

What do you mean by accuracy?

The accuracy of a 3D scanner can be defined as how it compares to the actual physical object. The greater the accuracy, the closest the 3D model will be to reality.

The Go!SCAN 3D will provide an accuracy of up to 0.1 mm (0.004 in.) or 0.3 mm over 1 m (0.012 in. over 3 ft).  In case you’re wondering, 0.1 mm is smaller than the thickness of a human hair.

What kind of results can I expect?

To find out for yourself, please visit our 3D models section and download free samples. Play with them and try them with your own tools and within your own workflow. Please do!

Can I get textured (coloured) 3D objects with the Go!SCAN 3D?

Yes. The digitized 3D objects scanned with the Go!SCAN 3D can be textured using digital pictures of the subject and a modeling software like ZBrush. You simply need to import your 3D model into the software and project the various digital pictures to create a photolike 3D coloured model. For more info, look at this sample color 3D model or watch this workflow video.
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What is included with the scanner?

When purchasing Go!SCAN 3D, you will obtain the scanner with all its accessories, among other things a custom fit carry-on case. You’ll also get the VXelements acquisition software, plus a 1-year warranty. And our customer support, which is pretty much unrivalled, if you’ll allow us.

Which file formats can be exported?

You can export the 3D models directly from the scanner software to all the standard formats:

.dae, .fbx, .ma, .obj, .ply, .stl, .txt, .wrl, .x3d, .x3dz, .zpr