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3D scanning with Next Engine

Setup Controls


  • Enter the Scan Panel by clicking the Scan button
  • 360:
    • - Select the "360" scan option in the scan panel to scan the object from every angle.
    • - The number of divisions will control the degree of rotation between scans and the total number of


    • - The individual scans will be grouped as a family.

I had a thing that was about 250 mm height, so I chose

  • Wide = 0.015" accuracy, 10x13" field of view
    • - Place object 17 inches from the front of the scanner


  • Click on Align
  • Alignment for 360
    • - Place 1 pin on a common location between 2 scans within the family.
    • - Drag the pin to the location or double click on the point to place the pin.








3D scanning with Modela, Dr.Picza

  • Connect the 3D scanner tool with the Modela
  • Load the object to be scanned on the 3D scanner
  • Start Dr. Picza

Choose the communicaton port

  • Click File -> Preferences
  • Choose the communication port. (e.g. COM1)
  • Click OK

Set the scanning conditions

Choose Scanning Area:

Drpicza sanning area.png

Make the settings for X scan pitch and Y scan pitch

  • X scan pitch:
  • Y scan pitch:
  • Z -Bottom : Set the height of the Z reference surface.
Drpicza sanning area2.png

Double click to make the sensor descend at this location

Z-upper limit.

  • Set the upper limmit for the height of the scanning area
  • Double click to check out if the right point is selected.

You can test all points by clicking them or click on Begin Area Test

  • After determining the scanning area, click OK
  • To confirm the scanning conditions again, click Scan.

Scanning starts.


3 D Scanner Cola scanner

Project with Saethor Vido based on the idea of the Milk Scanner . Since we didn't get the program to work on that site we copied the ideas based on our knowledge.

  • Put item in container.
  • Take picture (use tripod and keep the camera still)
  • Pour fluid with contrasting color to the item, 0,5 dl
  • Take picture after every filling until you have filled above the item.
  • Use Gimp or other photo editor to increase contrast set images in monochrome
  • Use Inkscape or other 2D Vector program to trace bitmap and turn it to vector.
  • Save vector-images as .svg
  • Open Blender
  • Import each .svg file to blender
  • Go to edit mode and extrude each .svg equally.
  • Align model together and save as blender file.

3 D print of Cola-scanned item

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  • This is actually not real 3 D print.
  • Use the .svg files, that we had
  • Set strokes to 0,01 mm save as .pdf
  • Laser cut in cardboard.