The best 3D Scanning Apps for your iphone/android device

Author: Henry Listin   Date Posted:5 October 2017 

3D Scanning apps are fast becomming more and more popular and easier to use. This is a short list of some of the most popular 3D Scanning apps available today. This list is by no means in order of quality or preference so please be sure to give each app ago.

This is a list of applications we found that work on either iphone or android or both. For a list of other 3D Scanning applications for desktop computers please check our blog.

 

FREE WITH NO ADDITIONAL HARDWARE NEEDED

Qlone - by EyeCue Vision Tech

This app has become rather popular of late because of its intuitive 3D Scanning guide and ability to scan objects without the need of anything but a printer to print a clibration sheet ready for 3D Scanning. The app provides you with an easy to follow video when first opened showing you how to scan your objects and advise you to consider what will prevent optimal performance like reflective surfaces.

In Addition to this Qlone includes built in capabilties to use other services such as Materialise, Shapeways, Sketchfab and more.

 

Trnio - by Trnio Inc

This scanning app uses photography to transform your images into 3 dimensions.

Whilst walking around your desired object to scan the camera takes snapshots that when finished get merged togeather and turned into a 3D Scan.

Once complete you can trim your scans to only include the relevant parts of the scan.

Trnio Tutorial from Trnio on Vimeo.

SCANN3D - by Smart Mobile Vision

This scanning app uses photos that are captured individualy then when uploaded to the cloud gets turned into a 3D Mesh. This app is much like the old 123D Catch app that used to be available for download from the apple App Store. The difference for this one is that its made for Android.

ADDITIONAL HARDWARE NEEDED

itSeez - by itSeez3D

If you remember the Occipital Structure Sensor that was hugely succesfully crowd funded on kickstarter then read on. This 3D Scanning app uses your iPad coupled with the structure sensor to perform 3D Scans.

The structure sensor is much like a Microsoft Kinect Camera in that it has two cameras. One for Texture and One for Infared Capture. The structure sensor also has an infared laser that projects onto the object your scanning. This then enables the infared camera to detect the laser and map the scan in 3D.

 

Canvas - by Occipital

If you remember the Occipital Structure Sensor that was hugely succesfully crowd funded on kickstarter then read on. This 3D Scanning app uses your iPad coupled with the structure sensor to perform 3D Scans.

The structure sensor is much like a Microsoft Kinect Camera in that it has two cameras. One for Texture and One for Infared Capture. The structure sensor also has an infared laser that projects onto the object your scanning. This then enables the infared camera to detect the laser and map the scan in 3D.