If you’re looking to capture the 3D geometry of small objects (no bigger than a piece of paper) in amazing detail in a matter of seconds, the Fuel 3D Scanify is a great choice. Armed with two 3.5 megapixel RGB cameras, LED lights, and a Xenon Flash system, the Fuel 3D Scanify uses photogrammetry algorithms to deliver high-quality 3D geometric images.
Unlike its competitors, the Fuel scanner does not use laser or projector technology that beams infrared (Sense) or visible light (EinScan-S). Relying solely on depth-sensing 3D technology, Scanify is the perfect hybrid between a digital camera and handheld scanner – except the object’s movement does not compromise high-resolution images.
The Fuel 3D Scanify differentiates itself as scanner in three separate but distinct categories. For one, capturing a single image takes place in a matter of seconds. Secondly, the object doesn’t need to stay still for high-res imaging. Lastly, the photogrammetry algorithm technology yields high-quality 3D geometry especially compared to scanners in the $1500 price range.
Accompanying the handheld scanner is an intuitive Studio Starter software program, which allows the user to stitch together up to six captures into a single 3D object. Upgrading to the Plus and Advanced versions is a simple question of how many captures you plan on stitching together into a single model. As for capturing objects, Scanify’s flash system is sequential and alongside the LED Guide Lights, they help the photogrammetry algorithm work its high detailed magic.
Starting the scanning process is as simple as plugging in your Fuel 3D Scanify into a wall outlet and pressing the big green Viewfinder button. Fuel 3D’s smart viewfinder alerts the user once it detects the object by displaying a green circle. The right distance is between 30 and 40 cm and according to multiple 3D Scanify reviews, the max size of objects that can be captured is about the size of a piece of office paper. Altering the lighting of your subject may have an adverse effect of capturing high res geometric images – mostly because the algorithm technology works seamlessly with Scanify’s LED lights and flash system.
If there is one downside to the Fuel 3D Scanify it happens to be its ability to capture a wide range of angles. While other scanners generate 3D data in a panoramic fashion, Scanify is a bit limited. Also, other photogrammetry scanners have a way of eliminating the background from the image. There’s no way to remove the back in the free version of Fuel 3D Studio; instead, users have to use the manual cropping tool.
Due to its 3.5 megapixel camera, capturing facial images in great geometric detail is second nature. Whether it’s hole filling, smoothing, decimating, or volumizing, there are plenty of Studio tools at the maker’s disposal – especially if you’re interested in creating the perfect 3D selfie image. As for practical application, Scanify is perfect for capturing fine textures in small objects, whether it’s a human ear of the scan of a set of keys.
Unfortunately, the Fuel 3D Scanify needs to be plugged into a wall outlet to work. In other words, it’s limited to indoor use unless you purchase the Fuel 3D Mobile Package. This add-on accessory will set you back a few hundred but will make the Scanify laptop friendly and portable.