The best 3D body scanners in 2017
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3D body scanners are 3D scanning systems designed to capture in three dimensions the full body of a person. The result obtained is an accurate 3D model (also called 3D avatar), allowing to visualize the exact body shape and get accurate data such as body measurements, posture analysis etc.
The 3D body scanners of this list are ranked by alphabetical order.
The best 3D body scanners in 2017
|Body scanner||Applications||Country||Price (MSRP*)||Quote|
|3dMD 3dMDbody System||Fitness, Healthcare, 3D measurement/Fashion||United States|
|Artec Shapify Booth||3D printed figurines/3D photos||Luxembourg||$39,000|
|botspot OptaOne||3D measurement/Fashion, Fitness, Healthcare||Germany||$150,000|
|Canfield Vectra XT||Healthcare||United States|
|Fit3D Proscanner||Fitness, Healthcare||United States||$10,000|
|mPort mPod||Fitness, Healthcare||Australia|
|Naked||Fitness, Healthcare||United States|
|Size Stream SS14 3D Body Scanner||3D measurement/Fashion, Fitness, Healthcare||United States||$15,000|
|Staramba 3D INSTAGRAPH||3D printed figurines/3D photos||Germany||from $80,000|
|Styku||Healthcare, 3D measurement/Fashion||United States||$8,000|
|TC2 Labs TC2-19B||3D measurement/Fashion, Fitness, Healthcare||United States||$30,000|
|Telmat Industrie Symcad III||3D measurement/Fashion, Fitness, Healthcare||France||from $15,900|
|Texel Portal||3D printed figurines/3D photos||Russia||$40,000|
|Twindom Twinstant Mobile||3D printed figurines/3D photos||United States||$26,995|
|Vitronic Vitus 3D Body Scanner||3D measurement/Fashion, Fitness, Healthcare||Germany||$30,000|
|Shapescale||Fitness, Healthcare||United States|
Please note that we have not included in this list handheld 3D scanners which can sometimes be used for body scanning purposes. We only focus on full body scanners and 3D scanning booths.
*MSRP: Manufacturer's suggested retail price in May 2017.
What is a 3D body scanner?
A 3D body scanner, also called full body scanner, is a “device that detects objects on a person’s body […] without physically removing clothes or making physical contact” (source Wikipedia). A 3D body scanner allows to capture in 3D the shape of a person’s body and obtain a highly accurate 3D model based on the data captured (shape, measurements, etc). Depending on the intended application, the body scanner may also be able to capture colors and textures (useful for 3D printing miniature figurines).
Types of body scanners
There are different types of 3D body scanners and full body scanners available on the market, from 3D scanning booth and 3D scan cabins to body scanning rigs, body scanners with a rotating platform or even home body scanners embedded in a mirror, for personal use. In this article, we have regrouped some of the best 3D body scanners available on the market. You can find below more information on the different types of body scanners, the price of 3D body scanners and the different application fields for 3D body scanning.
Methodology: how we selected the best 3D body scanners
A 3D scanner destined to body scanning
In this list we decided to focus on 3D scanners designed exclusively for 3D body scanning. Therefore you wont find any portable 3D scanners that could do 3D body scanning but are not made for it.
Available on the market
As mentioned in the title, the 3D body scanners we selected are all available on the market. The availability for a specific country depends on the model and the brand.
Community feedback and customer service
For this list, we selected 3D body scanners that seem to have a decent customer service. We do realize that these is a subjective point and that it is hard to evaluate whether a brand can be considered reliable or not. However as we scroll the internet we find information and, in addition, we get feedback from users, partners, etc. and we try to summarize these informations into keynotes.
Opinions may change over time and points of view can differ from one person to the other. So in completion of our lists and product pages, we still recommend looking for informations in forums, discussion groups, proprietary brands forums, etc.
Overview of the best 3D full body scanners
Twindom Twinstant Mobile
- Technology: hybrid 3D scanning technology (combination of structured light and photogrammetry)
- Price: $26,995
- Applications: 3D figurines
The Twinstant Mobile is a body scanning booth designed for 3D figurines and 3D photo businesses. This body scanning system is made of 89 custom cameras and 25 integrated projectors mounted on 17 poles, to provide a fast and accurate 3D body capture process. This 3D body scanner can 3D scan from one to four persons in 5 to 15 seconds. The Twinstant Mobile is a portable body scanner for making figurines which takes around 20 minutes to set up, making it the perfect solution for a 3D figurines business. It comes with a cloud software solution specifically designed to run a 3D figurine business.
- Full specs: Twindom Twinstant Mobile
TELMAT Industrie SYMCAD III
- Technology: Near-IR structured light
- Price: $15,900
- Applications: 3D measurement, made-to-measure clothing, healthcare
The SYMCAD III is made by TELMAT Industrie, a French manufacturer. This body scanning booth is specifically designed for 3D body measurement, for made-to-measure clothing and custom fashion applications. It uses a near infrared structured light 3D scanning technology (Near-IR structured light) and is fitted with 16 sensors or more. The TELMAT Industrie SYMCAD III can capture a whole body shape in less than 1.5 seconds. The SYMCAD III can be equipped with additional modules for hand or foot 3D scanning.
- Full specs: TELMAT Industrie SYMCAD III
Size Stream SS14 3D Body Scanner
- Technology: structured light
- Price: $10,000 – $20,000
- Applications: 3D measurements, healthcare, fashion
The Size Stream 3D body scanner is a versatile full body measurement system, designed to capture thousands of data points to create a 3D model of a person’s body. The Size Stream SS14 is actually a 3D body scanning booth, primarily designed for 3D measurement to create custom clothing. The Size Stream body scanner can also be used in various applications, from 3D printing, measurement tracking, size surveys, and healthcare and fitness applications.
- Full specs: Size Stream SS14 3D Body Scanner
- Technology: structured light
- Price: $10,000 – $20,000
- Applications: fitness, healthcare
The Fit3D Proscanner is a 3D body scanner for fitness and healthcare applications. The Proscanner is designed to provide a comprehensive wellness assessment based on a detailed 3D body capture. It is mainly used in gyms, health clubs and fitness studios. The Fit3D Proscanner is able to 3D scan accurately a person in 40 seconds and provide a posture analysis as well as a body shape wellness score. The tracking of the results and their evolution can help users such as gym members reach their personal goals faster.
- Full specs: Fit3D Proscanner
3D body scanners applications
3D printed figurines and 3D photo
Also known as 3D selfies or 3D portraits, these miniature figurines of people are typically 3D printed from a 3D model obtained with a full body 3D scanner, usually a 3D scanning booth such as the Twinstant Mobile. If you want to learn more about this application, you can visit our article dedicated to 3D printed figurines.
Fitness and personal health
Fitness body scanners
Body scanners are increasingly used in fitness clubs, gyms and healthcare facilities to view the body shape, measurements and other health indicators. Fitness body scanners allow to track the evolution of a person’s body through various 3D measurements such as body shape and posture. Visualizing these evolutions on a 3D avatar is a strong motivational boost which can help increase gym members engagement and improve patients recovery process.
Home body scanners
A new trend is appearing in the personal care/3D body scanner world: home 3D body scanners. These 3D body scanners are consumer appliances, designed to monitor personal health and body shape and posture evolution, among other data points. Home body scanners come in different forms and shapes, they usually have a rotating platform where the user stands to be captured at 360°. Home body scanners are targeting the fast-growing market of personal health and well-being and are often used as personal fitness trackers. These 3D body scanners typically work with a smartphone app acting as a personal trainer, so users can track all their data and reach their fitness goals easily.
3D measurement and made-to-measure clothing
The fashion industry was among the first to embrase 3D body scanning for several applications:
- Fast and accurate 3d measurements
- Made-to-measure clothing (bespoke clothing)
- Recommendation of best fitting garment size
- Measurement surveys and anthropometric characterization
- Virtual fitting rooms: generate 3D avatar based on a full body scan to allow customers to effortlessly try-on clothes
Healthcare and medical
The healthcare and medical sectors are filled with opportunities for 3D body scanning. From monitoring body shape and posture during a pregnancy, to capturing amputated limbs in 3D to make custom 3D printed prosthetics and more, body scanners are increasingly used for 3D body imaging use cases in the medical field.
Body scanning can also be used to accurately monitor skin recovery in the case of burns or to detect skin diseases at an early stage, thanks to specific 3D imaging systems for medical applications.
Categories of 3D body scanners
3D body scanning booths and 3D scanning cabins
A body scanning booth is a closed cabin, rigged with cameras or 3D scanners, designed to capture in three dimensions the full body of a person.These full body scanners look a bit like a regular fitting room. To obtain a full body scan with a 3D body scanning booth, the subject stands in the middle of the cabin and holds a pose for a few seconds, the time necessary for the 3D scanner to capture images from all angles. The 3D software then reconstructs the final 3D model of the body by “stitching” together all the images, to generate a highly detailed 3D model, which can have colors and textures depending on the type of body scanners used. During the 3D capture process, the subject can either stand on a rotating turntable facing a fixed 3D body scanner, or stand still while the sensors located all around the body scanning booth capture images from all angles. There are several types of 3D scanning booths:
Closed 3D body scanning booth (body scan cabin)
A cabin is rigged with cameras or 3D scanners, allowing the person in the center of the booth to be captured in 3D from every angle.
Full body scanners with rotating platform or turntable
To use these body scanners, the person stands on a rotating table facing a 3D body scanner, typically a vertical unit. During the scanning phase, the turntable rotates on 360° allowing the subject to be captured from all angles. The 3D model is generated once the full rotation is complete.
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