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Skelly by micropete Jan 26, 2014
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This is my first 3D scan, I have sold my printer so unable to test (waiting for a new one), it was scanned with the Nextengine, I think it is tight, the model is small about 4cm so I have left as solid, any feedback and tips welcome.

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To be clear, a scan would be between 8 and 24 passes (3 minutes a pass) and this would take 30 minutes + at high resolution, the finished scan would then be loaded into another application for finishing (merging images, cleaning meshes making watertight, sculpting and a few other steps) this takes anything from 45 minutes to 6+ hours depending on how good you want the finished scan. The software that comes with the scanner does the job but not very well. Regarding the scanner I purchased mine from a company that is a specialist is scanning, they had 4 of them but sold them due to speed, I am unaware of anywhere in the UK than rents scanners, to buy new would be about £6500 in the UK (broken down £2850 +vat, maintenance contract (about $295 +$295 if I remember correctly (scanner & upgrades)), enhanced software $995(needed for high res) , turntable $995, I dont have a cost for the additional software but seem to remember about £1000, purchasing a used one and sharing a licence cost about £3000, hope this helpes.

Oh okay - so the actually turntable scan took 30 minutes = 8-24 passes * 3 minutes per pass.

That's a good point about "The software that comes with the scanner does the job but not very well". EinScan-S lets you export a point cloud, then you merge multiple scans and generate an STL mesh in some other software (MeshLab?). However, even with this in mind, I get the impression that Nextengine gives much more detailed scans for tiny details on small objects like HeroQuest game pieces.

Sorry to be nosy but I am curious - what do you mean "no longer have the scanner"? Did you rent the scanner? I wonder if there is a place I can rent a scanner like Nextengine (or maybe LMI HDI 109 would do even better?) to capture tiny details like on the HeroQuest figures...

That's interesting that it takes 4 hours for one scan. EinScan-S does a turntable scan in less than 3 minutes, which is insanely fast compared to 4 hours... However, the final result lacks the tiny details seen in your HeroQuest skeleton scan.

Thanks for the comments but no I longer have the scanner, I ran out of time, each scan would take about 4 hours, I hope one day to get another and maybe will do some more figures.

Awesome scan! Any chance you'll scan more of the HeroQuest pieces with your Nextengine scanner? I'd especially be excited to see scans of the four heroes and additional monsters. thank you

I knew I had seen it somewhere. Was racking my brain...I remember painting one many years ago.


This printed very nicely (see my make) directly in Cura, thank you so much for this, it brought back memories from some 20 years ago! I went through old stuff in the attic, and found my game box, but unfortunately pretty much all the figures are either broken or missing :( I would love to fix the game up by printing the missing figures, any chance you'd enjoy making more scans of the game models? In case copyright is a concern, perhaps send them privately, I can show proof that I own the original game etc., although it looks like the game is not being manufactured anymore.

A side from saying "decimate that thing's polygon count" this really shows the difference between a high end scanner and the stuff folks are making with the digitizer.

I agree - Nextengine picks up more tiny details than EinScan-S despite both being advertised as 0.1 mm. EinScan-S is pretty good overall at ~$1200 but Nextengine at ~$3000 must be better based on this scan.