The simplest way to reproduce an object in 3D is to use a 3D scanner. Rapid Ready Tech has covered a fair number of 3D scanners, but taking a look at the newest offerings is always educational. The most common elements in new 3D scanner releases seem to be portability and improved speed.
Creaform’s new Go!Scan is a handheld 3D scanner that is being marketed to industrial and professional users. The company already has a line of 3D scanners, but the Go!Scan is also being trumpeted as affordable.
I’d like to define what “affordable” amounts to, but I haven’t been able to find an actual price for the new scanner. Creaform’s current line of scanners clocks in at between $100,000 to $30,000, so, one presumes that an affordable scanner will start at below $30,000.
On the technical side, the Go!Scan uses a white LED light source, with a resolution of .500 mm, and an accuracy of 0.1 mm. It can cover a 15 x 15 in. scanning area, capturing up to 550,000 measurements per second. Creaform claims the speed of the Go!Scan is 10 times faster than other 3D scanners.
The new 3D scanner weighs 2.4 lbs., making it heavier than an iPad, but lighter than most cordless drills. It is point-and-shoot, or the scanner can be fixed in place to capture data while an object is rotated in front of it.
“The Go!SCAN 3D comes from our willingness to further expand our reach and make 3D scanning accessible to a much larger group of companies and individuals,” said Daniel Brown, product manager at Creaform. “We wanted to provide a scanning experience that combined incredibly quick results with real user-friendliness, at a very interesting price point. Thanks to these features and along with its reliable data, we believe that the Go!SCAN will really open up tremendous possibilities for scanning in a wide array of industries.”
So, if we evaluate this release as part of a general trend in 3D scanners, it seems to check off all the boxes. It also adds a nebulous affordable box that might become part of the general equation.
Below you’ll find a video of the Go!Scan in action.