Answered By: Kerry Harmer
Last Updated: Sep 14, 2020     Views: 16

NextEngine Desktop 3D Scanner

The NextEngine 3D scanner is a desktop 3D scanner for smaller


  • Materials: Object for scanning.
  • Software: NextEngine
  • File types: STL, OBJ, VRML, XYZ, and PLY.
  • Machine details: Field size 5.1" x 3.8" (Macro) and 13.5" x 10.1" (Wide). ProScan
  • Extended Mode 22.5” x 16.75”.
  • Production time: dependent on the project scale


  1. Prepare your object by making sure the object you want to scan isn’t shiny or reflective and all movable parts are made immobile. You can also add marks on your object to make it easier to use the alignment tool.
  2. Position and secure your object on the turntable. Use the top bracket to tighten the object into place so it will be held sturdy when the plate spins.
  3. Launch the ScanStudio software.
  4. Click on the green arrow to get to the scanning screen.
  5. Adjust the following settings according to your needs:
    • Model File Name - Create a file name for your model.
    • Scan Family - Each scan you do is called a scan family. Scan families are comprised of multiple scans that are automatically aligned. You don’t need to change these.
    • Positioning - Positioning determines where the lasers will scan.
    • Divisions - Divisions are how many scans are taken per position.
    • Points per Square Inch - This determines your resolution. The higher the resolution, the longer the scan will take before its completed.
    • Target - The Target settings adjust the intensity of the scanning lasers to adjust for the colour of the object.
    • Range - It’s important to make sure your object is within the range that you choose otherwise you won’t get good results with your scan.
    • Time - The estimated time for your scan family to complete.
    • Preview Window - You can draw a rectangle around your object in the preview window which gives the scanner an area to focus on.
    • Turn Buttons - Use the turn buttons to make sure the object is fully in the preview window at all angles.
  6. Start scanning by pressing the green Start button.
  7. Once your scan is finished you can reposition your object to do another scan family.
  8. To create another scan family, reposition the object in a new position and then click green play button again. ***If you plan on scanning multiple points, use colored dots as a physical marker, or several, that is placed on the model. This helps later as registration marks. This way, you can align them when you have multiple scans in the same scan family.
  9. The software does not autosave so be sure to save your project periodically.
  10. You will then use the trim tool from the toolbar to delete any unwanted parts of your scans. Trim all of your scan families before moving onto Alignment.
  11. You can align scan families by using the Alignment tool from the toolbar. Use the coloured dots to line up each of your scans by placing the dots on unique places on each of the scans.
  12. Once your scans are aligned you can create a single mesh with the Fuze tool on the toolbar. Fuse settings will appear and you can adjust this to your needs. Be sure to select the “Create watertight model” check mark to fill in any holes in your mesh.
  13. To export your model select the Output button and choose “stl” for your file type.

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