SCANIFY is the world's first 3D scanner to capture
and process a 3D model in seconds by combining pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging.
The device rapidly acquires a series of stereoscopic
2D photographs with several lighting directions. The
photos are then processed by software to produce a
single 3D model. “It's like having a snapshot camera,
but instead of taking a 2D image, it takes a 3D image,"
By using two cameras and lenses to acquire a
matched pair of images of the subject, the 3D scanner can recognize and correlate the location of features between the two images to sub-pixel accuracy.
Therefore, the object or subject must have some variation of random surface texture.
Approximately 375,000 vertices and 750,000 polygons are captured on a flat surface in a single scan
image. Objects that have continuous surfaces with
smooth curvature, varying color or texture, matte, or
opaque characteristics generally scan well with the
Due to SCANIFY's high-speed capture rate, lightweight
design, and portability, it can capture subjects that
move while being scanned. It's three Xenon flash bulbs
fire almost simultaneously to capture 3D data, and its
optical target is used to account for movement of the
scanner during a scan.
3D-printing, 3D art, and animation are among the
range of applications for this device, but because it was
originally designed for the medical sector, it's specifically optimized for organic and natural objects. "It's
really good at scanning people, plants, and objects
which have a very complex form," explains Larkins.
“It's great for things that have a very rough surface and
variation in color."
The 3D scanner weighs roughly 1.2 pounds and can
scan an area with an 8" x 12" footprint. It captures
images at typically 350 microns, and because the scanner is a color capture system, it can capture RGB color
at 8-bit color and 24-bit overall.
After capturing an object in less than 0.1 seconds,
it usually takes somewhere from 15 to 30 seconds to
process it to a 3D model. The processing is done on
the company's Fuel3D Studio software, which can crop,
manipulate, and export scans to popular file formats for
SCANIFY works best at scanning natural objects, such
as the human body, so, a number of industries could
benefit from using it to further develop and customize products. For example, the footwear industry could
scan feet for specific shoe sizes, or optometrists could
scan individual faces for custom eyewear.
"It's a device that allows for the capture of very complex objects that would be a nightmare to try to model
through a normal CAD system with a high level of
detail," explains Larkins. "You get to go immediately
from what you see in front of you to a 3D model very
rapidly." With this mindset, the company continues to
improve on software developments, with the hope of
further bringing 3D scanning to the masses. PDD
SCANIFY works best at scanning natural objects, such as people or plants.
Objects with varying color, texture, matte, or opaque features generally
scan well with the device.