If you are in the market for a 3D scanner that does not takes a rocket scientist to use and look pretty darn awesome on your desk to boot, then Denmark-based Global Scanning’s subsidiary, Scan Dimension, may just have the hardware you have been looking for. Touted as an easy-to-use 3D scanner designed with everyday maker, technology enthusiast, and hobbyist in mind, the SOL 3D Scanner does not require complex calibration, time-consuming software manipulation, and manual mesh alignment. Even the hardware itself kind of hinted its simplicity in operation.
All you have to do is place the object on the turntable, cover it with the included tent and hit the button, and the laser, camera and software will take it from there. Once done, SOL will notify you of the next steps via sounds or even text messages, if you so prefer. Scan Dimension said SOL is capable of both near- and far-mode scanning, scanning object of up to 100 mm diameter and 100 mm tall (3.9 x 3.9 inches) and up to to 170 mm by 170 mm (6.69 x 6.69 inches), respectively, and the turntable is able to handle weight of up to 2 kilograms or 4.4 lbs.
This being a new kid on the block, SOL dedicates that your computer must be running Windows 10 or Mac OS X 10.13, powered by 64-bit processor with at least dual core RAM and 5 GB of free hard disk space. Furthermore, your PC is recommended to be outfitted with OpenGL 3.3+ compatible GPU and has 1,024 x 768 pixels or high display, plus two available USB 2.0 ports. While it is pro-grade 3D scanner that is also marketed to everyday maker and hobbyist, the price is not quite so.
SOL 3D Scanner commands $599. We have seen cheaper (though not necessary as advanced and/or better). The deal includes everything, including the rig, the software, tent cover, cables, cleaning cloth and a sample object to scan, you need to get start right out-of-the-box. SOL 3D Scanner is now available directly from Scan Dimension website. Skip ahead to see it in action.
Images: Scan Dimension.