low cost 3d scanning with skanect

Ultra-low cost 3D Scanning is now possible using Skanect by ManCTL. Skanect is developed by the ManCTL company, a french-american entity founded in late 2011 and its aim is to take either a Microsoft Kinect or Asus Xtion camera and turn into a 3D scanning device.

So far the results are really impressive and so is the price! Read on to get the full lowdown and some examples of what the Skanect can do.

With Skanect you can capture full color 3d models of just about anything from rooms to people or even objects in less than 30 seconds. Skanect will take a Microsoft Kinect or Asus Xtion camera and transform it into a 3D scanner removing the need for expensive hardware.

First up is the price. For personal or hobbyist use there is a Free version and for commercial use it is only €99. The free version does come with some limitations like direct exports from Skanect only possible to either Sculpteo or Sketchfab. Plus you are only able to export up to 5000 faces at a time.

Judging from introductory video it is an extremely intuitive process with remarkable results.

Currently it only supports Windows but there is a prototype Mac version available that works with OpenNI.

If you are in the market for a 3D Scanner and want to keep cost down Skanect is well worth trying.


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