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Step into the amazing world of 3D scanning, with a range of helpful articles on different 3D scanning devices and technologies. Explore countless applications and benefits of this revolutionary technology in numerous fields, and turn yourself into a 3D scanning guru with the many useful tips and tricks you will find here.

Looking for a career in 3D modeling? Or perhaps you’re on a hunt for new software to add to your 3D design workflow? Well, you’re in for a treat. We’ve selected the best modeling and animation software to suit every taste and pocket. Whether you’re already a master in 3D modeling or are just starting out, we’ve got some amazing software for you to check out.

What is reverse engineering?

Reverse engineering is a process where a physical part is deconstructed and measured in order to understand its design, how it works, and how it was made. This could be anything from a massive aircraft carrier or architectural structure, all the way down to a Swiss watch’s tiny set of interlocking gears.

3D models are everywhere. They are behind every physical object we encounter, and are widely used by various industries. In this guide we’ll cover the most popular 3D modeling methods, from designing a model from scratch to digitizing a physical object with a 3D scanner.

There are lots of factors that influence how much it might cost to 3D scan something. In this guide, we cover the main factors that contribute to the cost of 3D scanning, and look at whether it makes sense to get your own scanner, or if you should consider turning to a professional scanning service.

What is a CMM machine?

For decades now, companies in need of highly accurate measurements have often turned to CMMs (coordinate measuring machines). But more recently, another solution has entered the playing field, one that offers many compelling advantages over CMMs, including go-anywhere portability, ease of use, surface-safe/no-contact needed, 10X-50X faster measurements, and more.

After reviewing the top 3D scanner lists available on the Internet, we noticed that most don’t include information about the key parameters of the objects you need to scan. Important categories such as object size and the application(s) you’ll be using the scanner for are not covered. This review aims to fill this gap and help you find the best 3D solution for your project.

From custom prosthetics to perfectly fitted clothes, 3D printed figurines to realistic game avatars, 3D body scanners are becoming a key instrument for gaining valuable insight into the human body. In this article, we’ll cover the different types of body 3D scanners, the main challenges of capturing the human body, and look at how they are being used in medical, sports, clothing, and entertainment industries.

What do you need to keep in mind when 3D scanning a room? First, it’s important to ensure the 3D room scanner you use is suited to the task. In this guide, we look at why you'd scan a room, how to do it, what the best room 3D scanner is, and what else you should be aware of.

Starting out in the world of 3D scanning can be intimidating, but everything becomes clear once you take a moment to understand the technology behind it. From your own eyes (the original scanner!) to the latest 3D scanner on the market, here’s how it all works!

When it comes to 3D printing, software is often just as important as hardware. Here’s a look at which 3D scanners work best for 3D printing, and how you can get started.

Key industries and applications

3D scanning is now more popular than ever, and businesses all over the world are embracing this versatile technology to boost productivity, eliminate unnecessary costs, and create new and exciting products and services.

How to 3d scan an object

When using a structured-light 3D scanner, there are certain rules and factors every professional should know. In this article, we’ll show you how to prepare an object and environment before you start scanning, different techniques, and some tricks to get the best possible 3D scan of your object.

How to choose a 3D scanner

Looking for a professional 3D scanner for an upcoming project or an existing task? We know how hard it can be to find the solution best suited to your project. In this article, we share different things to consider, how to compare scanners, core specifications to look at (and what they actually mean), and more of what you need to choose a 3D scanner.