In recent years, handheld portable 3D scanners have continued to grow in popularity due to their versatility and convenience. They have become an essential tool in many industries, including architecture, engineering, manufacturing, and product design. And it is generally agreed that there are many 3D scanning benefits across these industries. However, since there are a plethora of different options on the market, it is difficult to know which handheld portable 3D scanner to choose for your project. In this article, Exact Metrology explores the factors to consider when selecting the best portable 3D scanner. 

Resolution: The Most Important Factor

Resolution is a primary factor to consider when selecting a 3D scanner. In short, resolution refers to the level of detail and accuracy that a scanner can capture. Handheld portable scanners typically have a lower resolution than larger, fixed 3D scanners, but they are still capable of producing high-quality scans. The resolution is usually measured in microns, with a lower micron value indicating a higher resolution. When choosing a scanner, consider the level of detail you need for your project, and select a scanner with the appropriate resolution.

Scan Speed: The Need for Speed

Scan speed is another essential factor to consider when selecting a handheld portable 3D scanner. A fast scan speed is vital if you are planning to scan large objects or need to increase your inspection throughput. Scan speed is usually measured in seconds per scan, with faster scan times being preferable. A scanner with a faster scan speed will enable you to complete your project more efficiently, saving you time and money.

Portability: Take it Anywhere

When it comes to capturing measurement data in the field, what makes a 3D scanner portable is its size and weight. The ability to move around the shop floor to scanning a building on-site makes a handheld portable 3D scanner the ideal option when on the go. Therefore, portability is an essential factor to consider when selecting a scanner. You will want to look for a scanner that is lightweight, compact, and easy to transport. A portable 3D scanner that is easy to carry around will allow you to scan objects in the field or on-site, increasing your ability to scan beyond what a stationary measurement system could provide.

Compatibility: Check Your Software and Hardware

Ensuring compatibility with your 3D scanner and software is a must. Some scanners require proprietary 3D scanning software to operate, while others work with more widely used programs such as Design X (DX) or SolidWorks. Also, check that the scanner is compatible with your computer’s operating system. Compatibility issues can cause significant delays and headaches, so ensuring that the scanner you choose is compatible with your current software and hardware is essential.

Battery Life: Power Up and Go

A handheld 3D portable scanner relies on battery power to operate, so it is crucial to consider the battery life when selecting a scanner. Look for a scanner with long battery life and a short charging time, as this will ensure that you can use the scanner for an extended period without stopping and recharging. A scanner with a long battery life will allow you to work for hours without interruption, increasing your productivity.

Price: Quality Above All 

Price is always a consideration when selecting any equipment, and handheld portable 3D scanners are no exception. A high-quality scanner is worth investing in, but not every handheld 3D scanner is built the same. It is important to think about your post-processing goal, such as improved quality control, when evaluating the right measurement system for your needs. Selecting a high-quality scanner that meets your needs will ensure that you can complete your project as efficiently and effectively as possible, saving you time and money in the long run.

Contact Us for Help Deciding on the Right Portable 3D Scanner

Choosing the right handheld portable 3D scanner for your project can be challenging. However, by considering factors such as resolution, scan speed, portability, compatibility, battery life, and price, you can ensure that you select a scanner that meets your needs. At Exact Metrology, we offer a wide range of handheld portable 3D scanners, such as the Zeiss T-Scan Hawk 2, and 3D scanning services to suit various project requirements. If you are unsure which scanner is best for your project, contact us today to talk with one of our experts. We will work with you to provide a tailored solution to your measuring needs.