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3D scanners - Product roundups, rankings and lists of the best products

In this section, we list all our rankings and round-ups of the best 3D scanners. We aim to offer reliable product selections highlighting the top 3D scanners for various categories and applications.

We read and summarize user reviews and community feedback from active 3D scanning sites and forums (Reddit and more) and discussion groups on Facebook. We also use our market expertise, in-depth research and hands-on product reviews to produce unbiased and up to date product lists.

Whenever possible we use our rating system, the metascore. For professional or industrial 3D scanners that are difficult to rate fairly, we provide an overview of the top products on the market, ranked in no particular order.

What’s the best 3D scanner? Explore our articles to find out!
SLAM 3D scanners and iMMS: a comprehensive guide

SLAM 3D scanners and iMMS: a comprehensive guide

Last update: June 7, 2021

SLAM is increasingly used in 3D scanners for mobile mapping and surveying applications. Find out more about these iMMS (indoor Mobile Mapping Systems) here.

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Terrestrial laser scanners (TLS): guide and product selection

Terrestrial laser scanners (TLS): guide and product selection

Last update: May 26, 2021

Terrestrial laser scanners (TLS), also called long-range laser scanners, are used to generate point clouds of large spaces or buildings. Find out more here!

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The best metrology 3D scanners

The best metrology 3D scanners

Last update: May 10, 2021

This guide offers a comprehensive overview of some of the best metrology 3D scanners available today at different price points.

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Handheld 3D scanners 2021: top 5 selection and buying guide

Handheld 3D scanners 2021: top 5 selection and buying guide

Last update: March 16, 2021

Based on our experience, reviews, and feedback from our partners, we shortlisted 5 of today's best handheld 3D scanners.

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The 7 best 3D body scanners in 2021

The 7 best 3D body scanners in 2021

Last update: March 3, 2021

A full body 3D scanner can scan your entire body, which can be useful for various applications. See our list of the best 3D body scanners.

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The 10 best 3D scanners in 2021

The 10 best 3D scanners in 2021

Last update: February 16, 2021

What is the best 3D scanner? Here is our top 10 best 3D scanners accompanied by a useful buying guide and technology overview.

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The 8 best 3D scanning apps for smartphones in 2021 (free!)

The 8 best 3D scanning apps for smartphones in 2021 (free!)

Last update: January 25, 2021

Discover the 8 best 3D scanning apps to turn your smartphone or iPad into a 3D scanner. Most of these are free 3D scanner apps!

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Jewelry 3D scanners: Comprehensive guide and product selection

Jewelry 3D scanners: Comprehensive guide and product selection

Last update: January 11, 2021

Jewelry 3D scanners are able to quickly capture small, intricate pieces of jewelry. Find out more in our jewelry 3D scanning guide.

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Dental 3D scanners for labs: Hardware selection and guide

Dental 3D scanners for labs: Hardware selection and guide

Last update: January 11, 2021

Dental professionals and labs are digitizing their dentistry workflows for more efficiency. Desktop dental 3D scanners are essential to digital dentistry.

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