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Using 3D scanner for renderings?

Question asked by Luke Thompson on Aug 1, 2019
Latest reply on Sep 3, 2019 by Luke Thompson


We've got some parts that we don't have CAD models of and we're considering purchasing a 3D scanner as a "quick" solution to providing a model. Does anybody have experience using a 3D scanner for use in renderings? i have concerns about post processing time, poly count, and accuracy needed to provide useful prints. All surfaces with different appearance would need to be split which i'm not looking forward to. 


Most likely we'd be scanning things like handles. What i'd like to be able to scan is the entry way to a house. We make storm doors and storm windows so accurate, aesthetically pleasing openings are important to us. From what I've read, scanners that are capable of large objects like a house entry way cost $5,000 - $20,000 while smaller objects can be scanned for around $750.