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How Structured-Light 3D Scanners Work (With Video Demonstrations)

Written by David

October 4, 2018

3D scanners might look like complex technology. But if you think about it, they’re pretty much devices that create digital replicas of physical objects with three-dimensional qualities, or the addition of depth information. It’s similar to using cameras to take photos of the real world into 2D images. A 3D scanner transforms an object from the physical world (left) to 3D digital form (right). Components of a Structured Light 3D Scanner A structured-light 3D scanner is a type of 3D scanner that uses the following components to capture 3D scans: Hardware: The capturing unit is the physical part of the scanner that consists of a projection light source (white light, blue LED light) and typically 1 or 2 camera(s) Software: 3D scanning software that powers the scanner. The software acts as the control center that runs the entire operation, from capturing 3D data from the physical object to cleaning […]


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