Hey Guys,

I was really happy to have met so many of you at Uprise festival. We were really honored and surprised of how many of you stopped by our stand to talk to us! However, all of the “models” were too shy and posed as if this was a passport picture. What kind of crazy pose would you take your 3D selfie in?


**Anyways. at the festival many were asking a lot about the scanner and how do we use it, so here’s a short recap on what it is and how it all works:

This device is called Structure 3D and it is basically a sensor which very comfortably sits on an iPad (or many other devices now) and makes you immortal in a 3D digital world. It works together with your device . There’s a separate, chargeable battery so it doesn’t drain the energy of iPad to sustain itself, which is pretty awesome. We’ve scanned non-stop for about 5-6 hours until it ran out of energy - that’s pretty impressive. One of the reasons why we selected this particular one is because It’s very cool to look at and the quality + usability is the best you can get from a device as portable as this one.**

So there are two apps that we generally used with this scanner:


Scanner app:

This app certainly looks the coolest! You basically see a person becoming a sculpture directly on your iPad! That’s pretty neat! It also works very smoothly and doesn’t rely on anything besides the scanner. The downside is however that the only way to export the scan is to send it over e-mail and you cannot store it on the device itself.

The Structure app:

This one is a little fancier. Once you have Skanect software installed on your computer you can connect your device directly over wifi and see the scan being done on your computer. This was very nice to showcase at the fair! We ran into some difficulties as the wifi in the fair got extremely busy, which lowered the quality and speed of the scan. But overall, the scans were mostly smooth.


Right after scanning you see yourself in the screen and are able to perform some after-work which makes the model almost immediately printable.


Also, besides being able to export the results in any format, having a direct Sketchfab integration was also a plus. Some of the volunteers got a chance to play around with virtual themselves online as well!


At the final step - I had some models with holes like this, which i fixed up with the meshmixer and send out to the lucky 3D selfie models.

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So, a simple conclusion is - scanning is pretty easy and super awesome!

Let me know what kind of 3D selfies you did or would like to do?


Mine would have to be this pose by Bruce Lee for sure!!!


We can scan you in the Bruce Lee pose at the office @Arnoldas :stuck_out_tongue:

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That’s our next assignment @camillevk ! :smiley:

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Great story! I just used a Structure with ItSeez3D at 3D Printshow Berlin and got some great results. And yes, people all have that stiff look that early-1900 photographs had too. You have to stay still for 30 seconds, I guess that’s kind of frightening :wink:

Here are our scans:

We also 3D printed most of them during the show:

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Hey @bartv , This was an awesome tip. The scans you did look really great! Much better than the ones we did. However, I found it quite difficult to scan with this app. Did you have a special set-up (with good light etc.) Or you just scanned people in an open area?

Yes, good light is essential, and I try to capture people in daylight whenever I can. We were lucky in Berlin as we had a large window in the ceiling right at our location. I’m also experimenting with LED light bars, but they tend to give harsh shadows.