Nov.8, 2013

3D Systems releases today the Sense 3D scanner, the company's first 3D scanner designed for the consumer and optimized for 3D printing.

Sense has flexible scan size and can capture everything from a picture-perfect cupcake to a full-body selfie, processing data in seconds for an instantly 3D printable file.

The Scan volume is approximately 0.2M to 3.0M. The Sense has automated settings for optimized scanning of small objects (<18 inches / 46 cm), medium objects like a portrait or bust (<32 inches / 81 cm) and large objects like a full body or scene (<6 feet / 183 cm).

The Sense scanner creates about 20,000 to 400,000 triangles for each new 3D scan.

The Sense uses a Class I laser from PrimeSense technology which is eye-safe. It comes with an intuitive user interface with easy and automated zoom, track, focus, crop, enhance and share tools. No design experience is necessary. The Sense software produces STL and PLY (color data) files from the final scan. Sense printables can be sent to your Cube and CubeX 3D printers or other 3D printers.

The sense works with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1.

Other Sense Features:

  • For your life on the go: The Sense is mobile scanning compatible with the Microsoft Surface(TM) Pro 2 tablet.
  • Zero-in on what matters: automatic object recognition extracts precise targets from the busiest of backgrounds, scanning only the object you want.
  • Mash-up your world: you can merge your scans in Cubify Sculpt and combine them with other favorite designs.

The Sense is priced at $399 (€329) and available on Cubify. The Sense will also be available on and all Staples retail stores nationwide starting November 18, 2013.

3DS CEO Avi Reichental will launch Sense live on-stage at Engadget Expand on November 8(th) . Anyone in or visiting New York City is invited to grab a sneak peek and hands-on experience with the Sense at Engadget Expand, November 9--10, 2013, at the Javits Center. 3DS will be real-time scanning and projecting onto a 70-inch screen throughout the weekend from 9am-6pm each day.

"The Sense is the first ever 3D content camera for everyone, making it possible to capture people, objects and places on the go," said Rajeev Kulkarni, Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Products, 3D Systems. "I anticipate that the Sense's intuitive nature, portability, range, unmatched quality and powerful user interface and user experience will spur a new social movement around 3D sharable and printable physical photography."

Watch the demo video below:

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Funk wrote at 5/15/2015 5:00:11 AM:

I have spent 3 days with the tech support from Sense and we still can't get the software to launch so I can scan with the scanner !! PIECE OF ............ I think i'll be contacting the store I bought it from and requesting a refund and another more user friendly and reliable brand and model

Adrián wrote at 4/23/2015 7:08:38 PM:

Is compatble 3D Sense with Auto Cad?

Ritch S wrote at 3/10/2014 4:56:31 PM:

Hello everone, After some frustrating trial and error i managed to get some completed scans. But my problem is that i cant see the scans in color....very frustrating when i want to know if the mapping is correct.

VinniVanHood wrote at 12/1/2013 4:05:00 AM:

I really regret buying one of these. All of my scans are very low res and deformed. And they don't accept returns because I definitely would have! It is absolutely useless!

Rex Brodie wrote at 11/24/2013 4:23:27 PM:

Received my Sense Scanner several days ago ... after numerous tries, I have NOT completed a scan that is water tight and printable on my 3D printer. Heck, after approximately eight hours of scanning various size objects (including some people), I have made it all the way around an object only three times without the scanner losing tracking. And this is after going out and purchasing a 12' USB extension cable to overcome the limitations of the short cable that comes with the scanner. Realign the scanner with scan and continue scanning ... yeah Right. Really, without a windows tablet that would allow you to look at the object and screen simultaneously , it's almost impossible to complete a scan. And, when it comes to scanning larger objects without a tablet ... good luck! There is no button on the hand held device so a scan needs to be started with the software. Moving from the computer to the object and correctly positioning the scanner during the 3 second delay can be a challenge. Unlike the MakerBot digitizer, the laser on Sense scanner is not visible on the object . Again, this means you are completely dependent on information from the screen while scanning. I should have noticed that all of the examples in the videos are of people being scanned ... mostly organic shapes with minimal undercuts. Even mushy rounded over models of people look good being printed on a 3D printer. After having used the scanner, I now believe the ability to scan portraits of people is the primary market this product is aimed ... after all Cubify is marketing it as "physical photography." Admittedly, this is one of the reasons I purchased the scanner. If the 3D models being produced (if you can complete a scan) were high quality, then purchasing a windows tablet to make the scanning process easier would make sense. I had started researching the Microsoft Surface Pro. The creative potential of having ability to take a scanner out into the world and scan larger objects is really exciting. And a Sense Scanner + an inexpensive windows tablet is still cheaper than a Makerbot digitizer with a heck of a lot more creative possibilities. Unfortunately, given how difficult the scanner is to use and the mediocre results, I'm not sure the additional cost of purchasing a tablet makes sense. Lesson learned ... don't rush out and be the first one on the block to purchase something biased on initial reviews. And if you do CHECK THE RETURN POLICY before making your purchase ... Cubify's return policy ... " We don't provide refunds on Sense 3D scanner once they're shipped."

Mark wrote at 11/24/2013 2:16:36 PM:

Well the people that ordered them have begun to review them. Surprise surprise, it's no better than a $100 kinect. I haven't seen anyone actually get a complete scan off it yet.

Rob wrote at 11/14/2013 9:39:27 AM:

I agree with jd900 It might be the same type of scanner sensor as in the Kinect and it might be true that the scanning sofware for the kinect is free but I tried and found it's sof-ware ... I was not able to get any decent scans out of it - let alone convert these scans into usable (stl) models that I could use. If this scanner indeed delivers usable scans for 3D printing I assume this means standard STL files, then it is already a step ahead of the kinect sofware I tried. Yes - it is more expensive than a kinect but I prefer this form factor with a handle and not having to figure out where to get all the software and how to install this makes it already worth the money for me. And yes - I do want to see some real scan results. But not from 3D systems so I'll just wait for the thing to be available at my local Staples store and ask them to give a demo and show some scan results (our Staples retail has a 3D printing booth so I expect they'll be showing the scanner there also).

mouldmesh wrote at 11/12/2013 10:48:58 AM:

Not a single image of the actual mesh... so again, another scanner that scans a very vague shape and then uses the texture to fake it is a good scan...

Zomg wrote at 11/11/2013 10:38:48 AM:

They might have changed the optics a bit, but those are do-able for an after mod. The software itself looks like they just built some UI ontop of kinect fusion.

Adam wrote at 11/10/2013 10:13:47 PM:

Jd you can use reconstructMe with a kinect or asus. it's free (watermark) and does color scanning same as this. it's the exact same prime sense sensor. 3d Systems may or may not have great software. It would need a full review to say, but I highly doubt it's $300 better than the free options. Just seems sloppy.

jd900 wrote at 11/9/2013 5:33:39 AM:

It would help if the complainers saying they know of better things to state specific examples of complete setups, not just comparing with just the price of hardware, absent the software to run it.

lowpoly wrote at 11/8/2013 7:59:55 PM:

What a marketing con, nice box with a prime sense inside. When will prime sense come out with a high resolution sensor? With Microsoft's new kinect they developed their own hardware, so hopefully that will offer hires scanning. The makernot scanner is also junk, as can't do most items. The marketing team at 3D Systems should have called this the 3D Scammer

Ben wrote at 11/8/2013 5:36:18 PM:

BLEH! junk. 3D systems is just trying to cash in before kinect 2.0 hits the PC early next year.

Chronoseptor wrote at 11/8/2013 3:47:23 PM:

im not seeing anywhere the accuracy or real scanned example meshes. and Windows only is pretty lame, I wonder if its just a glorified kinect with a handle.

Mark K wrote at 11/8/2013 3:44:11 PM:

except it's $400. If I want sub-par kinect scans I can get them for $100, I don't need to give 3d systems another $300 extra. this is the best they can do? Seriously?

exi wrote at 11/8/2013 3:32:56 PM:

mmmm feel prime sense chip in other case with software.

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