3D Scanning FAQ

It is important to comply with the scanning requirements determined by the characteristics of the specific Intel® RealSense™ camera used, and account for the relevant limitations.

Choice of scanning location:

  • You can only scan indoors;
  • You cannot scan next to the windows in direct sunlight;
  • You cannot scan if the light source is directed at the Intel® RealSense™ camera;
  • Make sure to scan objects under uniform lighting.

What cannot be scanned using 3D cameras:

  • 100% black objects;
  • Shiny or reflective objects;
  • You cannot scan objects smaller than a matchbox;
  • You cannot scan symmetrical objects (like a bottle or a ball);
  • You cannot scan transparent objects (like glasses).

In Depth view mode we overlay a colored spectrum representing depth data onto a color picture. This way, if you see that the object has zones that are not covered by the spectrum, it implies potential scanning problems and we cannot guarantee quality of created 3D model.

F200 and SR300 Intel® RealSense™ cameras produce less 3D noise and provide better detalization.

Yes you can. You can export 3D model to .OBJ/.STL/.WRL

The rule of thumb is to scan objects that fit into a Live view display. Both object and turntable must fully fit into the screen of your device.

For F200 or SR300 Intel® RealSense™ camera, a recommended operating range would be from 20” (50 cm) MIN to 32” (80 cm) MAX.

Try to place an object closer in this range in order to get higher detalization.

A height of an object for scanning should be no more than 12” (30 cm).

Detalization depends on the Intel® RealSense™ camera. The accuracy of the model is around +/- 2 mm. Therefore we do not recommend scanning very small objects or small parts.

You are able to export the result of your scan in 3 most popular 3D model file formats: .OBJ/.STL/.WRL.

We use our own graphics format to store 3D data on the Cappasity Cloud Platform. The downloadable size is around 3-5MB.

Uploading your 3D model on a website is as easy as embedding a video from YouTube. Easy 3D Scan automatically uploads your 3D models on Cappasity cloud platform. The platform will provide you with an HTML iframe code which you need to insert into your web page. In a browser you will be able to interact with the model just as with the ones on this page (see Interactive Gallery section).

Simply click on Upload button from the application.

You can export scanned objects into .OBJ files which can be opened in any 3D modeling software like Autodesk® 3D Studio Max® or Autodesk® Maya®. Autodesk® AutoCAD® is not designed to work with 3D mesh models.

We let our users try Easy 3D Scan for free to see whether it satisfies the needs in terms of quality, precision, etc.

On a free account you can explore all the services, including scanning and embedding 3D models into websites. You can also share your 3D models on social networks.

Free account also offers export of 2 models into .obj/.stl/.wrl formats. If you wish to export more than 2 models, they will cost 10$ each.

You can scan offline too. In order to export files or upload them onto Cappasity platform you would have to go online.

Using a turntable mode it usually takes around 1-2 minutes from the start to getting the final model, including all the automated post-processing. Reconstruction and scanning speed depend on how powerful your PC is.

Easy 3D Scan works with both motorized and manual turntables.

A Lazy Susan table will do, and the affordable option would be an IKEA SNUDDA table. If you scan large volume of objects, you might prefer using a motorized turntable, the choice depends on your specific needs and budget.

An RGB Intel® RealSense™ camera image quality is close to the quality of usual web-cameras, so the lighting of the shooting location becomes crucial. Ideally you need to set up an even lighting close to the natural day light. Moreover, if you go to CAMERA option you will be able to manually adjust exposure and brightness settings of the camera after switching off Auto settings. Sometimes it may provide better color quality results.

You can try to change the sensor range in the CAMERA menu. Attention! This is an experimental mode of the 3D camera and it can increase the noise level and worsen performance.

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