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I’m currently working on a mobile iOS scanner app for makers and engineers with a high precision and accuracy. I think this project can be useful for many people and I would love to have some insights. The use case I’m thinking are for example spare parts replication or where you can engineer a new air box for your engine to fit, a real engineering tool, where you can place scale bars in the scan region to get accuracy.


I wanted to ask if anyone has made some good or bad experiences with mobile scanner apps? Do you use the more expensive laser or lira hardware scanners? Or do you prefer to build all your models you print from scratch?


I would really appreciate your suggestions and ideas.


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    Posted · 3D scanner app for makers and engineers

    I mostly do mechanical things and no matter how good the scanner is (one billionth of a meter accuracy) the model is going to have errors and weirdnesses that will annoy the slicer slightly.  For example the bottom might be flat.


    So I always redesign parts from scratch.  I use a micrometer.  Some people do a scan and then pull it into CAD and on a different "layer" they create the same model from scratch but they can visually line it up with the scan.


    For art pieces like sculptures, a scanner is desired.

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    Posted · 3D scanner app for makers and engineers

    I use a artec eva scanner for structured light scanning, and I have used both reality capture and agisoft photoscan for photogrammetry.


    I have tried 2 or 3 mobile scanning app's, but none of them create good enough scans for me to use them.


    I am keen to try out the new linar scanning app on the iphone, but I use android and havent come across anyone with the latest iphone so I can test it out.


    I make relatively complex artworks with 3D scanning -




    I also use 3D scanning to create the start of a project, which I then detail for 3D printing or digital purposes -






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