July 28, 2015 | By Simon

As 3D printing continues to soar in popularity amongst users who are new to the technology, the use of 3D scanners to replicate real-world objects isn’t far behind.  While mainstream companies such as 3D systems and MakerBot continue to have healthy sales of their 3D scanning systems, a new crop of 3D technology hardware startups are aiming to enter the growing market with their own unique take on 3D capturing technology.  Among others is RangeVision, whose ‘Smart’ line of 3D scanners omits the traditional laser for structured light technology to scan 3D objects.

The Russian company, which focuses on developing and producing both 3d scanners and 3D scanning software for a variety of clients ranging from jewelry design to automotive tuning.

In order to capture a 3D object and convert it into a digital 3D model, the RangeVision Smart projects a pattern of structured light for up to 7 seconds in order to capture the details of an object.  According to the company, each of the captured fragments of an object can provide up to one million facets in a 3D mesh - whether the user is scanning a USB thumb drive or a full-sized automobile.  The resulting files can be exported to STL, OBJ and PLY formats.

According to the company, the entry level model of their 3D scanner includes two “easy to calibrate” 1.3 MP cameras.  Additionally, each of the Smart line scanners are available in three different colors and each comes with a travel case.

In total, the company’s scanners come in three different models for different user needs.  

The RangeVision Standard scanner is the entry model in the series and features a plastic camera body and depending on the scan volume, is accurate to within 0.05 mm or 0.35 mm of resolution.  This model makes use of the company’s standard 1.3 MP cameras.  

The RangeVision Standard Plus features the same specs as the RangeVision Standard however the body is made from metal rather than plastic.   

For more serious users, the company’s RangeVision Advanced upgrades the 1.3 MP cameras to a pair of 2 MP cameras with a 1600 х 1200 capture size capability.  Additionally, the scanner features a CCD matrix diagonal size of 1/1.8", has a scan time 12 seconds for high-quality captures, includes a metal body and depending on the scan volume, is accurate to within 0.043 mm to 0.3 mm of resolution.    

Bmw X6 3D scanned model by rvscanners

3D scanned jaw by rvscanners

All of the scanners in the Smart line come fully-assembled and are capable of operating independently without a power source up to one hour.

While the company says their user-friendly software comes with free updates and is included in the price of the scanner, they do require a video card and a Windows OS.  For those interested, the RangeVision Smart series of scanners start at just $2,600 - a fair price considering existing 3D scanner options and user experiences of varying qualities.    




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