What are the best 3D scanner apps for iPhones and Android smartphones in 2017?
3D printing often overshadows 3D scanning. Indeed, it is more geared towards professional users than everyday hobbyists and enthusiasts. In addition, 3D scanners are usually quite expensive- with only a handful of models costing less than $500- and they are quite complex to use.
However, this could be subject to change. An increasing amount of companies are making 3D scanning more accessible. These companies are developing applications that can turn almost any smartphone into a pocket-sized 3D scanner!
After receiving some questions from everyday enthusiasts regarding cheap 3D scanners, we decided to put together a list of the 7 best 3D scanner apps available. Our list offers a complete overview of the 3D scanning app market.
3D scanner app categories
We divided these free 3D scanner apps into two categories:
- 3D scanning apps only requiring a smartphone to operate
- 3D scanning apps that require extra hardware to operate
It is important to mention that all of the 3D scanning apps that are featured in our article are free. However, some of the apps will require users to invest in specific devices to make their smartphones compatible.
Moreover, the cherry on top of our 3D-scanning-apps-hot-fudge-sundae article ? (now we are hungry!) is that we also include a short list of discontinued 3D scanner apps for those that were wondering what happened to the app they were looking for.
We dedicate a small section of our article to a few apps that are currently on crowdfunding platforms (as of August 2017). Also, we mention two 3D photo apps that are worth taking a look at.
At Aniwaa, we are happy to receive feedback from our users. If you feel that we should include another app, feel free to send us an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.