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Polyga Compact S1 3D scanner: high-quality results with a price that’s hard to beat

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Polyga is a manufacturer of professional 3D scanners and 3D scanning software based in Canada. They cater to all kinds of industry applications– from reverse engineering to 3D visualization and 3D inspection– via quality products that are easy to use.

Industrial accuracy packed in an affordable 3D scanner

For a 3D scanner at this price point, the Polyga Compact S1 provides a high level of accuracy at 40 microns. That’s generally hard to come by unless you’re looking at industrial hardware.

Entry-level scanners also tend to be limited in terms of functionality, which makes them easy to use for beginners but potentially frustrating for enthusiasts. The Polyga Compact S1, however, combines the best of both worlds.

It is easy to set up and use, only requiring you to plug in a few cables, and the scanner is factory calibrated. The quick, straightforward setup is accompanied by Polyga’s comprehensive FlexScan3D 3D scanning software; it is known for being user-friendly but powerful enough for advanced users.

FlexScan3D is actually the same software that Polyga uses with their higher-end scanners. Once everything is installed, you can start capturing millions of 3D data points just by pressing a button.

A wide range of applications for the Compact S1

The scanner’s versatility is adapted for numerous use cases. 3D models produced by the Polyga Compact S1 are accurate enough to be used for reverse engineering applications to speed up the product design process, and even for basic quality inspection.

The scanner is also suitable for archiving, whether it’s for the arts, archeology, or any domain where it’s crucial to keep a record of important objects.

Other notable applications also include:

  • 3D modeling
  • Computer vision
  • 3D printing
  • 3D measurement
  • Comparison analysis
Compact S1 with turntable

The Compact S1 is able to capture small parts with incredible accuracy of up to 40 microns.

How does the Polyga Compact S1 work?

Polyga Compact S1: how does it work?
Compact 3D scanners from Polyga use structured light 3D scanning technology. The scanner casts a light pattern onto the object to reveal its topography. Then, both of its cameras capture images of the light’s distortion.

FlexScan3D software processes the images and is able to calculate what the object’s surface– from one given angle– is like. To visualize its entire 3D shape, multiple images must be taken from 360° around the object.

The software stitches these multiple images together, resulting in an accurate, digital 3D model.

Polyga Compact S1 price and specifications

  • 1.2 million points/scan

  • 2.4 million polygons/scan

  • 0.07mm point-to-point distance
  • Acquisition speed0.5 seconds per scan
    Field of view65 x 68mm - 90 x 80mm
    Depth of field70mm
    CamerasTwo 1.3 MP cameras (monochrome)
    Dimensions58 x 270 x 158mm
    Output formats3D3, ASC, FBX, OBJ, PLY, STL
    Polyga Compact S1 Scan sample: bicycle derailleur

    Want to learn more about structured light 3D scanning?

    Visit Polyga’s 3D Scanning 101 guide for more information on structured light 3D scanning technology.
    3D Scanning 101

    About this author

    Ludivine Cherdo

    Ludivine is in charge of Aniwaa's content strategy and works towards providing useful, informative content, including detailed guides based on her deep knowledge of the additive manufacturing scene. She also reviews 3D printers and stays on top of the latest industry news and trends. After growing up in the US and living in Spain, Chile, and Cambodia, Ludivine is now based in France.