ScanTech SimScan 3D scanner review

Hi everyone! Today, we will talk about the new portable ScanTech SimScan 3D scanner — an extremely lightweight and convenient device to use in industry. It is the smallest industrial 3D scanner in the world.



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SimScan won the prestigious RedDot design award, photo by ScanTech

Whether in tight spaces or with large objects, the SimScan ensures high-quality 3D scans without any constraints of the work environment. A metrology-level measuring system helps capture every detail and build a 3D model in a very short time. The minimalist metal body makes for a balance between weight and performance.



Scantech SIMSCAN 3D Scanner
  • Accuracy Up to 0.020 mm
  • Connectivity USB 3.0
  • Display No
  • Manufacturer Scantech
  • Manufacturer country China
  • Weight kg 570 g
  • Technology Blue Laser
  • Acquisition speed Up to 2,020,000 measurements/s
  • Depth of field 250 mm
  • Laser class CLASS Ⅱ (eye-safe)
  • Max. resolution Up to 0.025 mm
  • Output formats .stl, .ply, .obj, .igs, .stp, .wrl, .xyz, .dae, .fbx, .ma, .asc or customized
  • Scan mode Ultra-fast scanning; Hyperfine scanning; Deep hole scanning
  • Scanning area Up to 410 mm × 400 mm
  • Stand-off distance 300 mm
  • Volumetric accuracy 0.020 mm + 0.040 mm/m; 0.020 mm + 0.015 mm/m (With MSCAN-L15)
  • Texture / Colors No




Scantech SIMSCAN

Scantech KSCAN20

Freescan UE11

Creaform Black Elite

Scan Mode

Ultra-fast Mode, Hyperfine Mode, Deep hole scanning

Standard Mode R

(Red laser), Hyperfine Mode B

(Blue laser)

Multiple Lines Scan, Single Line Scan


Scan Accuracy, up to

0.020 mm

0.020 mm

0.020 mm

0.025 mm

Volumetric Accuracy, up to

0.040 mm/m

0.015mm (Optional: with MSCAN L15 photogrammetry system)

0.035 mm/m

0.015mm (Optional: with MSCAN L15 photogrammetry system)

0.040 mm/m

0.025mm (Optional: with DigiMetric)

0.04 mm/m

with MaxSHOT Next™ | Elite: 0.015 mm/m

Scan Speed, up to

2.020.000 points/s

650.000 points/s

1.020.000 points/s

1.300.000 points/s

Point Distance, up to

0.025 mm

0.010 mm

0.05 mm

0.1 mm

Recommended part size

0.02–4 m

0.01 – 10 m

5 cm – 4 m

5 cm – 4 m

Single Scan Range (FOV)

410 mm × 400 mm

550mm × 600 mm

510mm x 520 mm

310 x 350 mm

Depth of Field

250 mm

550 mm

300 mm - 700 mm

250 mm

Working Distance

300 mm

0.25 ~ 0.8 m

500 mm

0.3 m

Light Source

Blue Laser

Red Laser + Bue Laser

Blue Laser

Blue Laser

Texture Scan





PC Configuration

DELL Precision 7550 CPU: i9-10885H

Memory: 32G, 2666MHz DDR4

Graphics Card: NVIDIA Quadro RTX3000 Contains 8 GB GDDR5 SSD: 1TB

Network Interface: Gigabit Network Port Operating System: Windows 7 or 10 (64-bit)

DELL Precision 7540 CPU: i7-9850H

Memory: 32G, 2666MHz DDR4

Graphics Card: NVIDIA Quadro T1000 Contains 4 GB GDDR5

Hard Disk: 1TB 7200 rpm SATA Hard Disk Network Interface: USB3.0

Operating System: Windows 7 or 10 (64-bit)

OS: Win10, 64 bit; Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX/RTX series cards, higher or equal to

GTX 1080; GPU Memory: ≥4G; Processor: I7-8700; Memory: ≥32GB

CPU: Intel Core TM i7 8850H

Ram: 64 GB

Hard drive: 1 TB SSD

GPU: NVIDIA Quadro P5200

OS: Windows 10 Pro x64


Smart features

One-handed control


The SimScan portable 3D scanner weighs only 570 g and has dimensions of 203 x 80 x 44 mm, which provides unprecedented ease of scanning with one hand.




The remarkable portability of the scanner allows 3D measurements to be carried out anywhere and at any time.


Quality and detail


In Hyperfine and Deep Hole scanning modes using parallel lines and one extra line respectively, the device captures detail even on extremely complex surfaces.

11 blue laser crosses, 2,020,000 measurements per second, and a 410 x 400 mm scanning area ensure smooth and efficient 3D digitizing.


Look and feel


The all-metal shell provides the device with reliable protection, and the ergonomic design allows for a perfect fit in your palm, which adds up to a phenomenal combination of aesthetics and utility.



The ScanTech SimScan, the world's smallest and most user-friendly industrial 3D scanner, is designed for applications in aerospace, automotive, energy and other industries that require accuracy and compactness.


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