Drake is a handheld 3D scanner produced by the Russian Thor3D. It works wirelessly and can be taken everywhere thanks to its low weight (approx. 2 kg). It uses structured light technology and a proprietary mathematical method to produce high-quality results even when scanning complex objects. It has been designed to digitize almost any product, large or small. It also scans textures.
Drake 3D adopts two projectors for greater resolution. It supports three different swappable lenses (also known as heads): Mini, Midi, and Maxi. Each lens has a different field of view and is optimized to scan objects of different sizes. The lenses are sold as a set. According to your project requirements, you can choose the set you prefer. The full pack lets you scan almost everything. The scanner is engineered with an integrated touchscreen, an onboard computer, and a battery. The screen provides a real-time preview of the scanning progress for simplified user experience.
Drake is ideal for teachers, designers, engineers, and 3D scanning offices. It is compatible with almost any commercial printer. Read the review for further details.
Drake is a handheld, white light 3D scanning system used to scan products of almost any dimension. Unlike the majority of 3D scanners, it employs two projectors. Thus, it is able to capture challenging objects and details, including sharp edges, human hair, and reflective, thin walls. Its advanced algorithms let you achieve great results.
It is equipped with three sets of replaceable lenses with different FoV and specs. The Mini lens provides the highest accuracy and resolution (40 microns - 0.15mm) and the smallest field and depth of view. The Midi has a 70-micron accuracy and a resolution of 0.4mm, while the Maxi lens offers an accuracy of 150 microns with 0.6mm resolution and the largest field and depth of view. The company states that no lens has to be calibrated.
The device can scan both with or without markers. The use of markers is strongly suggested when accuracy is crucial.
According to the set of lenses installed, Drake provides different scan areas. The Mini lens lets you scan small objects from 0.5 cm to 20 cm in length, like jewelry and coins. The recommended scanning area per frame is 50 x 64 mm to 96 x 12 mm. The Midi lens is suited for medium parts and full-body scanning being able to capture objects from 10 cm to 100 cm in length. It has a scanning area per frame of 58 x 211 mm to 321 x 429 mm. The Maxi set is suited for scanning large products, even yachts and planes. Indeed, it can scan parts of up to 8 meters in length. Its maximum scanning area per frame is 857 x 1,142 mm.
The scanner is controlled via a built-in 7-inch touchscreen. The internal battery enables 1.5 hours of continuous scanning.
You can easily transfer your 3D data to a PC via USB Flash drive or over a WIFI connection.
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Drake 3D scanner includes a complimentary editing software suite, Thor3D Suite. It includes two different programs: the embedded scanning software and the desktop software.
The built-in program enables real-time image acquisition. It is intuitive and easy-to-use. It lets you operate the scanner via a set of operating buttons (Start, Stop, Shut down). The desktop, multi-language software comes with an unlimited number of licenses. It allows data exporting and editing. It features two operating modes: simple and advanced. It exports STL, OBJ, WRML, PLY files that are also compatible with the most 3D printers. Thor3D desktop runs on Windows.
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Drake is available in dark gray with green knobs and finishes. Its stylish look makes it ideal for engineering, product design, and inspection.
The scanner dimensions are 14.2 x 9.8 x 4.3 inches (360 x 250 x 110 mm). It weighs 5 lb ( 2.3 kg).
The price of the Drake is $16,800.00, which is reasonable considering its functionality and wide range of applications. Its price might vary according to the set of lenses required.