ScanTech Portable 3D Scanners Overview

Anabelle Yearsdon
by Anabelle Yearsdon
Updated Jan 22, 2023 1134

ScanTech is a Chinese company that has been at the forefront of research and development of handheld 3D scanners. Many years of cultivation led to the rise of technologies that are getting more advanced with each generation while covering a wide range of industrial and professional applications. This has brought ScanTech worldwide popularity alongside partnership with famous enterprises and research institutions like NASA, COMAC, BMW, Volkswagen, GM, Apple, Siemens, JCB, and Sany.

To date, the company produces various types of 3D devices with related software, from consumer-grade color 3D scanners to automated measurement stations. In today’s article, we’d like to take a look at ScanTech’s portable 3D systems represented by several prominent series.

 

About ScanTech portable 3D systems

ScanTech portable 3D scanning solutions meet the modern need for flexibility and high precision. The company’s handheld 3D scanners are capable of high-quality measuring of tough-to-reach and complex geometrical features with remarkable precision, speed, reliability, and design flexibility.

All scanners come with the proprietary ScanViewer software, which is optimized to work with ScanTech products. They can be successfully applied for dimensional measurements, inspection, reverse engineering, quality control, 3D printing, art preservation, and more.

Before we delve into separate product series, here is a short summary table based on the main characteristics of the most prominent ScanTech portable 3D systems:

 

KSCAN-Magic I/II

SIMSCAN

AXE-B11/17

TrackScan-P42

iReal 2E

MSCAN-L15

Equipment type

Handheld 3D scanner

Handheld 3D scanner

Handheld 3D scanner

Handheld / Desktop 3D scanner

Handheld, color 3D scanner

Industrial camera and lens (not DSLR)

Technology

Infrared + Blue laser (Class II)

Blue laser (Class II)

Blue laser (Class II) + Photogrammetry

Laser + Tracking

IR, VCSEL

Photogrammetry

Accuracy

Up to 20 microns

Up to 20 microns

Up to 20 microns

Up to 25 microns

Up to 100 microns

Resolution

0.01 mm

0.02 mm

0.025 mm

0.02 mm

Up to 0.2 mm

Volumetric accuracy

Up to 0.015 mm + 0.03 mm/m

Up to 0.015 mm + 0.035 mm/m

0.02 mm + 0.035 mm/m / 0.02 mm + 0.03 mm/m

From 0.044 mm

N/A

0.012 mm/m + depending on the scanner used

Scan speed

Up to 1.35/1.65 mt/s

Up to 2.8 mt/s

Up to 1.3/2 mt/s

1.9 mt/s

Up to 1.5 mt/s

Scan area

Up to 1440 x 860 mm

Up to 700 x 600 mm

Up to 550 x 600 / 860 x 600 mm

Up to 500 x 600 mm

Up to 580 x 550 mm

Scan depth of field

925 mm

550 mm

500 mm

Up to 320 mm

750 mm

Photogrammetry scan area

3760 x 3150 mm

2500 x 3000 / 3760 x 3150 mm

Up to 9.4 x 6.9 m

Photogrammetry depth of field

2500 mm

2500 mm

6.5 m

Working distance

300 mm

300 mm

300 mm

300 mm

300–500 mm

Connectivity

USB 3.0

USB 3.0

USB 3.0

USB 3.0

USB 3.0

Dimensions

203 x 80 x 44 mm

203 x 80 x 44 mm

190 x 98 x 289 mm

280 x 200 x 60 mm

140 x 94 x 258 mm

N/A

Weight

570 g

570 g

1 kg

1.1 kg

850 g

580 g

 

Product lineups overview

KSCAN

KSCAN is a series of metrology-grade professional 3D scanners including such models as KSCAN20 and KSCAN-Magic available in two versions. All of them represent hybrid digitizing devices that combine infrared and blue laser scanning technology while providing wide scan volume and increased volumetric accuracy. Portable and efficient, KSCAN scanners offer both high-efficiency fast 3D scanning and high-precision data capturing.

Being a newer model, the KSCAN-Magic is of particular interest. Alongside its advanced counterpart Magic II, the device supports five operating modes for different purposes. When scanning at high speed, ScanTech recommends using a grid of crossed blue laser lines, with 11 x 11 lines for the base model and 13 x 13 in the Magic II model. 7 parallel blue laser lines are projected in high-precision mode with a resolution of up to 10 microns. A single laser line is used when scanning deep holes and dead angles. Finally, 11 parallel infrared laser lines are recommended for capturing large surfaces.

In addition, the scanners are equipped with a built-in photogrammetry system for digitizing large objects with a diagonal of up to 10 m. This mode is used to minimize accumulated error.

Additionally, the ScanTech KSCAN-Magic can be installed on robotic arms for automated measurement and control, which allows integrating the system into a conveyor-based production environment.

As for the application spheres, KSCAN devices are recommended primarily for professionals in the field of reverse engineering and product inspection. Overall, these 3D scanners can be of use in various areas, including automotive, aerospace, mechanical engineering, oil and gas industries, etc.

 

Specifications

Scantech KSCAN-Magic 3D Scanner
Accuracy 0.020 mm
Connectivity USB 3.0
Display No
Manufacturer Scantech
Manufacturer country China

Scantech KSCAN-Magic II 3D Scanner
Accuracy 0.020 mm
Connectivity USB 3.0
Display No
Manufacturer Scantech
Manufacturer country China

Scantech KSCAN20 3D Scanner
Accuracy Up to 0.02mm
Connectivity USB
Display No
Manufacturer Scantech
Manufacturer country China

 

SIMSCAN

The ScanTech SIMSCAN is a professional high-resolution handheld 3D scanner that offers an outstanding acquisition speed in combination with high accuracy data capturing.

The SIMSCAN 3D scanner is an extremely compact device for digitizing objects with metrology-grade accuracy: its length is only 203 mm, and it weighs 570 g. The key parameters of the device — accuracy and resolution — reach 20 microns, while the scanning speed goes up to 2,800,000 measurements per second.

SIMSCAN can work in one of the three dedicated modes. For high-speed scanning, ScanTech recommends using a grid of 17 x 17 crossed laser lines. 7 parallel lines are projected in high-precision scanning mode with a resolution of up to 20 microns. The single laser line mode is designed to scan deep holes and dead angles.

The scanner boasts an ergonomically balanced form factor, making it easy to wield and reducing the load on the operator. With the body of the device made of strong and durable composites, the whole system is ready for use in field conditions. Furthermore, SIMSCAN can be installed on robotic arms for automated measurement and control.

The scanner can be used both in extremely limited space and for digitizing large objects. It is designed for reverse engineering and geometry control when developing new products in such industries as automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, mechanical engineering, and others.

 

Specifications

Scantech SIMSCAN 3D Scanner
Accuracy Up to 0.020 mm
Connectivity USB 3.0
Display No
Manufacturer Scantech
Manufacturer country China

 

AXE-B

The AXE-B lineup currently consists of two models — AXE-B11 and B17. They combine the capabilities of laser digitizing and photogrammetry systems allowing for 3D scanning with metrological accuracy and capturing large objects of up to 10 m in size, reducing the accumulated error at the same time.

The scan speed of the AXE-B17 model reaches 2,000,000 measurements per second, with the accuracy of both scanners reaching 20 microns, while the scan area is 550 x 600 and 860 x 600 mm for the base and premium model, respectively.

The main operation mode for the lineup is projecting a grid of crossed blue laser lines: 11 x 11 lines for the base model, and 17 x 17 for the second one. An additional mode is a single laser line scanning used to reach deep holes and dead angles.

The ScanTech AXE-B series is recommended primarily for reverse engineering projects and quality control. This metrology-grade digitizing equipment is applicable in a wide array of industries, from automotive, aerospace, and mechanical engineering to oil and gas, medicine, and cultural preservation.

 

Specifications

Scantech AXE-B11 3D Scanner
Accuracy up to 0.02mm
Connectivity Gigabit Lan
Display No
Manufacturer Scantech
Manufacturer country China

Scantech AXE-B17 3D Scanner
Manufacturer Scantech

 

TrackScan-P

The TrackScan-P lineup features professional high-definition 3D scanners that employ eye-safe 3D scanning technology powered by three different scan modes. They boast outstanding accuracy, a large scanning area, unbelievable level of precision, and unmatched scanning speed.

All models including the basic TrackScan-P42 operate without the use of markers. The solution combines laser 3D scanning technology and high-precision dynamic tracking powered by the E-Track optical tracker to provide fast and accurate data collection. The use of additional trackers helps to significantly expand the measurement area.

These systems can operate in one of three dedicated modes. For high-speed scanning, ScanTech recommends using a grid of 17 x 17 crossed laser lines. 7 parallel lines are projected in high-precision scanning mode with a resolution of up to 25 microns. The single laser line mode is designed to scan deep holes and dead angles.

The scanner features an ergonomically balanced form factor, making it easy to wield and reducing the load on the operator. In addition, the system comes with the T-Probe portable wireless coordinate measuring machine with up to 0.03 mm point repeatability. The module provides accurate data collection when working with complex surfaces, gaps, and grooves.

The TrackScan-P systems are designed for reverse engineering and geometry control in a variety of fields, including the automotive, aerospace, mechanical engineering, oil and gas industries. More than that, the scanner can be installed on robotic arms for automated measurement and control.

 

Specifications

Scantech TrackScan-P42 3D Scanner
Accuracy 0.025 mm
Connectivity USB
Display No
Manufacturer Scantech
Manufacturer country China

 

iReal 2

The Scantech iReal 2E is a professional high-precision 3D scanner that employs eye-safe invisible infrared structured light technology and provides outstanding accuracy, large scanning area, and impressive capturing speed. In addition, working with the iReal 2E scanner does not require placing markers on the surface of the object, which can significantly speed up the process.

The scanner is equipped with a smart function to automatically align the geometry of the object or its color. The scan speed reaches 1,500,000 measurements per second, with an accuracy of 100 microns and the capture area of 580 x 550 mm.

The VCSEL infrared structured light technology is completely safe for the eyes, so the device is recommended for digitizing the human body — face and hair in particular. 

ScanTech also recommends using the iReal 2E for medical and utility applications when creating virtual objects, as well as for cultural artifact preservation, art, and education. Moreover, the engaged technology makes it an excellent choice for scanning black objects.

 

Specifications

Scantech iReal 2E 3D Scanner
Accuracy Up to 0.1 mm
Connectivity USB 3.0
Display No
Manufacturer Scantech
Manufacturer country China
Price $4,980.00

 

MSCAN

The ScanTech MSCAN-L15 is an industrial-grade photogrammetry system used to greatly improve the parameters of your 3D scanning devices. Featuring increased volumetric accuracy, extended scanning area, and a greatly improved depth of field, the system lets you benefit from more accurate 3D renders of large objects.

This efficient photogrammetry system can deliver a maximum volumetric accuracy of 0.015 mm/m and accounts for an increased depth of field of 6.5 m, making it great for any application that requires millimeter-precise renders of large-scale parts. 

Due to its unique HDR mode as well as highly ergonomic design, the device boasts strong environment adaptability and can be held by the operator for a long time.

The MSCAN-L15 system is compatible with a number of company’s 3D scanners tailored for inspection, including PRINCE335, PRINCE775, KSCAN20, HSCAN331, HSCAN771, AXE-G7, AXE-B11, and the TrackScan-P22. It can be efficiently used for large-scale projects in 3D inspection, product development, quality control, etc.

 

Specifications

Scantech MSCAN-L15 Photogrammetry System
Display No
Manufacturer Scantech
Manufacturer country China
Weight kg ≤0.58 KG
Technology Photogrammetry

 

Bottom line

Productive and reliable, ScanTech’s portable devices are definitely designed to improve and accelerate your 3D scanning experience while making it more comfortable. Their non-contact 3D measurement technology ensures strict compliance with modern quality control requirements even in the most demanding spheres, like automotive, aviation, medicine, and engineering. Along with optimization and cost reduction in the development process, the ScanTech 3D scanners offer advanced software available for free and generally come at budget-friendly prices, which makes them ideal for a variety of users.

FAQ

What is photogrammetry?
Photogrammetry is a passive 3D scanning technology based on capturing a series of overlapping images from different viewpoints. Using triangulation, the XYZ coordinates of key points repeated on different images are determined and a 3D model of the object is created. Photogrammetry is a go-to method when it comes to scanning large-scale objects. The ScanTech MSCAN-L15 photogrammetry system is capable of scanning objects from 2 to 10 meters in size and can work alone or in combination with ScanTech handheld 3D scanners.
What software is used with ScanTech portable 3D scanning systems?
ScanTech handheld 3D scanners come with the proprietary ScanViewer 3D software including inspection and scanning functions, such as distance, GD&T, pipe inspection, and color mapping. For the iReal 2E model, the manufacturer has developed the iReal 3D scanning software that comes with the device. Besides, ScanTech offers the Glopho photogrammetry software compatible with KSCAN, AXE, and MSCAN systems, and the iReal 3D mapping software.
Which scanner is the best for scanning people?
The ScanTech iReal 2E uses an eye-safe infrared VCSEL light source, so it is an ideal tool for portrait or full-body scanning. The scanner features a body scan mode with a hair enhancement feature and non-light scanning. A smart algorithm compensates for the movements of a person being scanned.
Anabelle Yearsdon
Anabelle Yearsdon
Updated Jan 22, 2023
About the expert
A linguist by profession and 3D enthusiast by passion. Spirited researcher of existing and new AM technologies, inquisitive tester of various devices, and a true connoisseur of creative ways. In addition to digital manufacturing, Ana enjoys learning new things, cooking for her loved ones, and chilling in video games.

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