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We already wrote an article about how 3D scanning works, so dig into it if you would like to know all the details! In a nutshell, 3D scanning allows you to produce a 3D model of a physical object. 3D scanning is a technology that’s now available for everyone. Doctors and other professionals use 3D scanners at work, but they are also widely used by commercial companies and amateurs.
3D scanning can be as easy as using your own smartphone or setting up a bunch of cameras. There are 3 methods to use 3D scanning technology: laser 3D scanning, photogrammetry, and structured light scanning. We prepared a guide to help you choose the best 3D scanner for your project. Since there are different devices used for 3D scanning, we organized our list of the top 20 3D scanning software by type: photogrammetry software, 3D scanning software used for 3D scanners and 3D scanning apps for your phone.
This cutting-edge technology of 3D scanning has gone so far that you can even use your phone to both make a 3D scan and then a 3D model. There are dedicated apps that will allow you to turn a real object into a 3D model in just a few clicks. Learn how to 3D scan with a smartphone
This is all-in-one mobile 3D scanning software. Qlone will allow you to 3D scan and produce a 3D model with just your smartphone. It’s easy and fast to use. The 3D model can be exported into several 3D formats and sent for 3D printing.
Trnio can be considered as photogrammetry software but can be used on a smartphone. It turns pictures into 3D objects, but you can also actually 3D scan the object. It offers two quality options: high and low texturing resolution.
If you need to get high resolution models using a 3D scan app on your smartphone, this Sony 3D Creator app could totally fit your needs. This free app is perfectly adapted to beginners, allowing you to render your 3D model in 4K for a better resolution.
Heges is a scanning app for iPhone, targeting professional users. This program has many interesting features: it performs 360° rotation, it includes “Infinity scanning” for large spaces. You can also make the most of its dark mode allowing you to scan in dark environment!
Yet another photogrammetry software. It has a very simple UI and is user-friendly. Take 20-40 pictures in order to generate a 3D model. It can work with small objects as well as bigger objects (such as a tree). You can export your model as an STL file, one of the most popular formats for 3D printing.
This mobile app was developed by Sony and will provide you with high-quality 3D scans, it’s especially popular for portraits. The models can be used within different apps such as messages, but also to 3D print models in full color.
This intuitive 3D scanning software makes it so easy to generate high-quality models. It prides itself in light files without losing quality, built-in support for STL, OBJ, GLB, USDZ and PLY formats, and moreover, fully-featured editing tools.
|3DF Zephyr||Windows||AerialClose-range||Ply, obj, fbx, pdf 3D, u3d, dae, pts, ptx, xyz, txt, las, e57||Free standard versionPaid Premium 149- 3 900€|
|Agisoft Metashape||WindowsMacOSLinux||AerialClose-range||fbx||179- 3 500$Educational license available|
|Autodesk ReCap||Windows||AerialClose-range||Asc, cl3, clr, e57, fls, fws, isproj, las, pcg, ptg, pts, rds, txt, xyb, xyz, zfs, zfprj||310$ / year|
|Bentley ContectCapture||Windows||AerialClose-range||3ms, 3sm, kml, dae, fbx, obj, dae, stl||On request|
|DroneDeploy||WindowsMacOSAndroidiOS||Aerial||Dxf, GeoTIFF, las, obj, xyz||149$/ month|
|IMAGINE Photogrammetry||Windows||Aerial||Img, las, ascii igg, boaa, rpf, ddf, dem, til, dt2, ecrg, hdr, url (…)||On request|
|MicMac||WindowsMacOSLinux||AerialClose-range||Georiff, ply, xml||Free|
|Photomodeler||Windows||AerialClose-range||3ds, 3dm, dxf, igs, kml, kmz, las, ma, ms, obj, pts, byu, facet, iv, ply, stl, txt, wrl||995$ per licence or 49$ per month|
|Pix4D||WindowsMacOSAndroidiOS||Aerial||Obj, fix, dxf, las, kml, tif, ocgb, slpk, shp||3 990€ per licence or260€ per month|
|Artec Studio||WindowsMaxOS||Close-range||Obj, ply, wrl, stl, btx, ptx, aop, asc, Disney ptex, e57, xyzrgb||800- 2000€|
|PolyWorks||Windows||Close-range||Many CAD file formats, and also obj, ply, stl, dxf, jt, nastran, pol, vrml 2.0||On request|
|Volume graphics||WindowsMacOSLinux||Close-range||Many CAD file formats, vgl||On request|
|Qlone||AndroidiOS||Close-range||Obj, stl, ply, x3d||Free|
|Scann3D||Android||Close-range||Obj, stl, ply||Free|
|Scandy Pro 3D Scanner||iOS||Close-range||Ply, obj, stl, usdz, glb||FreeFees for unlimited saves:1.99$ per week5.99$ per month49.99$ per year|
As you can see the list of Top 3D scanning software is long and for sure one of them will fit your needs. From professional landscape mapping to medical 3D scanning, this technology amazes us. But it can also be used at your home, all you need is a phone.
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