Bottom line: The iPad mountable iSense 3D Scanner is a functional device that can be greatly enhanced by third-party 3D printing applications. With a scan volume that ranges between 8″ and 118 inches, DIYers can scan, crop, edit, enhance and export their scanned objects using the iSense companion app. But if you’re looking for a 0.1mm high-resolution scanner with geometric precision, this is not the device for you. As the saying goes, “you get what you pay for it.”

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The EinScan-S by SHINING 3D is an affordable structured light desktop scanning system known for creating high-quality 3D images. Without needing the proficiency of an expert DIY maker, EinScan comes with an easy-to-use software program allowing easy switching between Automatic and Free Scan modes. Capable of scanning objects both small and large, EinScan’s rotational turntable takes less than three minutes – 4x’s faster than any other competitive 3D scanner.

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Armed with slit laser triangulation technology capable of a 0.25 mm scan accuracy, the da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3in1 is a multi-purpose 3D printer designed for DIY makers. With automatic imaging taking only 5 minutes at a scan resolution of 3 x 3 cm to 15 x 15 cm, XYZprinting built the “perfect machine for becoming your own manufacturer.”

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With the ability to digitize objects up to 8″ tall, the MakerBot Digitizer is an easy-to-use affordable 3D desktop scanner. Whether you’re a creative hobbyist or an architect, MakerBot’s scanner is equipped with two state-of-the-art lasers and a 1.3 megapixel CMOS camera.

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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.

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