The Sense 3D scanner is the first 3D scanner designed for the consumer and optimized for 3D printing. The Sense 3D scanner came out a few years back and has since then has become a household name among 3D scanners. “The Sense is the only 3D scanner to deliver precise instant physical photography, so everyone can capture his or her scannable moments,” said 3D Systems in it's debut announcement. That's exactly what you want to hear and read for when you are looking at buying a 3D scanner, right?
So it's been a few weeks now since we have gotten the Sense 3D scanner for Christmas and our overall opinion of the Sense 3D scanner is that for being a low consumer friendly 3D scanner it really is worth the price tag but doesn't live up to the overall value of what we all imagine a 3D scanner is capable of. We've been tainted by 3D scanners as a whole so much that we think that the overall aspect of 3D scanners are to be fast and without delay, easy to use and gives amazing resolution but sadly this 3D scanner is not like any other 3D scanner.
Getting 3D Scanned
The perfect thing about the Sense 3D scanner is that it's great for 3D scanning small and large objects, people and scenes. It gives you the overall aspect when it comes to 3D scanning. It doesn't give you the best resolution for small and tiny objects but gives you a resolution that's great for 3D printing basic busts and parts on a traditional 3D printer.
One of the only bad things about the Sense 3D scanner that we don't like that much is that the 3D scanner is tethered by a PC cord. It's not a huge problem but it does get in the way when you are trying to 3D scan an object of a significant size. Imagine trying to 3D scan a person head to toe while trying to balance a 10 pound laptop in one hand with the Sense 3D scanner in the other hand at the same time trying to look at the laptop screen to see where you have or have not 3D scanned already. It makes for an interesting 3D scanning process and sometimes the need to re-scan a few parts but it's somewhat to be expected when you are using a tethered 3D scanner for the first few times.
We use a laptop with the Sense 3D scanner it makes for a more ideal project based but a laptop isn't the only platform the Sense 3D scanner can work on. There a few tablets that meet the Sense software and hardware recommendations which are perfect for 3D scanning and 3D printing on the go. The Microsoft Surface(TM) Pro 2 tablet meets the hardware requirements and is compatible with the Sense 3D scanner software making it one of our ideal choices for choosing a tablet base 3D scanner on the go and has been featured in many promos with the Sense scanner. We've even seen some 3D printed parts to help keep the Sense 3D scanner connected to the tablet/laptop so that the PC cord doesn't interferes with 3D scanning. As long as you have a laptop or the right tablet and your Sense 3D scanner then there's no place where you can't go to use your 3D scanner.
Sense Plus Software
The great thing about the Sense 3D scanner is that it's easy to learn with it's software being intuitive, fast, accurate and easy to use. With a simple blue screen presenting itself with two icons, a human head and a guitar and underneath each image read “Person” and “Object” respectively you just know that it won't take a genius to figure it out. The 3D scanner software has automatic object recognition to detect targets out of a busy background and to only display the 3D model. The Sense software can be used to crop, enhance and solidify 3D parts in just minutes depending on your type of system. No design experience is necessary.
This isn't necessarily is a sad thing but the Sense 3D scanner software only works on Windows 8 or higher, so sorry MAC users this one is only for Windows users but don't let that stop y'all from trying to use the Sense 3D scanner. To use the Sense 3D scanner you must activate the 3D scanner with a Cubify account and then that's where the fun begins, once that is done then your scans can be upload to various account or straight to 3D printing online.
Cubify Sculpt is one of the accounts associated with the Sense 3D scanner it's great for editing STLs, mash-ups, organic modeling and the occasional post production. Full integration between the Sense and Cubify Sculpt gives you the creative freedom to import your scans and combine them with other favorite designs and as soon as you are done with the 3D model you can upload it directly to your favorite online accounts for direct 3D printing. The best of both worlds when it comes to editing 3D models and having a 3D scanner at your disposal while not knowing which 3D designing software to choose from.