The Scanning Process

Technology

Our mobile scanning technology uses structured light to capture depth data. A laser projector casts a pattern of thousands of infrared dots onto the subject; an infrared camera records how the pattern of dots changes, thereby understanding the subject’s 3D geometry. At the same time, a high resolution digital camera captures the subject’s color data.

Scanning

Preparing for your scan
  • To ensure a good quality scan you will be scanned at least twice per pose. We will also capture several still photographs for reference usage.
  • You will need to hold still for up to a minute for each scan. Scanning time depends on several factors, such as the amount of detail required and if it a bust or full length scan. You can take breaks in between each scan. Note that this means that we are not currently able to scan pets or small children (under 5).
  • A clear indoor area of at least 6′ x 6′ is needed for bust scans and 10′ x 10′ for full length scans. Depending on the lighting available, access to electrical outlets may be required for additional lights.
  • Shiny, reflective and transparent surfaces don’t scan well, including eye glasses. Avoid sequins and flashy jewelry or other items as requested at the time of scanning.
Post-processing, editing & cleanup

The raw scans typically have features that make them unsuitable for 3D printing, such as surfaces that are too sharp, thin, or rough. Difficult to scan features such as hair and some clothing can be especially problematic. We go over each scan and correct any issues, remodeling and sculpting where needed. For solid color prints, we take your scan and carefully sculpt in your eyes and other facial details. For full color prints the color data is corrected, balanced, and repainted where needed. We may refer to the still images at this time. When we’re finished, the best quality 3D print is assured!