Looking for an affordable 3D scanner? Read our guide to the best selling 3D scanners currently on Amazon, incl. 3D scanner prices.
So you’re interested in 3D scanners and 3D printer-scanner hybrids? Look no further: We compiled this Amazon 3D scanner bestseller list by aggregating the rankings of the hourly “Amazon Best Sellers” in the category “3D Scanners” on Amazon.com throughout the last three months.
Note: The following 3D scanners are not listed by any sort of ranking outside of what Amazon considers to be the best-selling products of the quarter.
If you’re interested in purchasing a 3D scanner, it’s important that you do your research. The following list is the perfect starting point for that!
|3D Scanner||Max. Scan Volume (mm)||Highest Resolution||Market Price (USD)||Check Price|
|XYZprinting da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3-in-1||150 diameter x 150||2140 points/cm²||$600|
|3D Systems iSense||3000 x 3000 x 3000||500 - 1000 microns||from $69|
|Matter and Form MFS1V1||180 diameter x 250||430 microns||$499|
|XYZprinting da Vinci 1.0 AiO||150 diameter x 150||250 microns||$499|
|XYZprinting Handheld 3D Scanner||400 x 250 x 400 (Head Mode) 600 x 600 x 300 (Object Mode)||1500 microns||$180|
|BIQU DIY 3D Scanner||203 x 203||500 microns||$139|
|3D Systems Sense 3D Scanner||3000 x 3000 x 3000||n/a||$698|
|EinScan-S||700 x 700 x 700||100 microns||$985|
|MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner||203 diameter x 203||500 microns||$280|
|Fuel3D SCANIFY Handheld 3D Scanner||203 x 304 (406 diagonal)||350 microns||$1,699|
|AIO Robotics Zeus All-In-One 3D Printer||228 diameter x 111||80 microns||$2,499|
|3D Systems Sense 2 3D Scanner||2000 x 2000 x 2000||1000 microns||$370|
|DAVID SLS-3 3D Scanner||60 - 500||50 microns||$4,498|
|EinScan-Pro||30 - 4000 mm||50 - 100 microns||$5,297|
The XYZprinting da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3-in-1 comes from the company’s more expensive line of printers. The “3-in-1” implies that this device has three functions: printing, scanning, and laser engraving. Only two of them (printing and 3D scanning) come with the 3D printer scanner combo. The laser engraver is an optional add-on that must be purchased additionally.
The scanning function gives you the option to capture an object’s dimensions. The object is placed on a fully rotational platform within the printing area and then scanned using slit laser triangulation (with two lasers). XYZprinting’s editing software also allows the user to take multiple scans of the same object from different angles. The software then combines the images to create a full and precise three-dimensional model of the object that was scanned.
The 3D Systems iSense 3D scanner is designed as a low-cost extension for the iPad or iPhone with iOS 7 or later. Depending on the Apple device you have (be it any recent version of the iPhone or iPad), the iSense scanner comes with the appropriate ‘case’ to fit your device but is otherwise identical in regards to the technical specifications.
This cheap 3D scanner has one of the largest ranges in scan volume in its class. Anywhere from within 8000 cm³ to 27.000.000 cm³, the device can capture full-color images. To put those numbers in perspective, you can scan anything from the size of a shoe to the size of an SUV.
This product is available for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6+, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, and other models, although some are not currently available through Amazon. No word on whether this cheap 3D scanner will be made compatible iPhone 7 just yet. They appear in the Amazon Best-Seller list as individual products but are technically the same. For this reason, the iSense 3D Scanner is only listed once.
The Matter and Form MFS1V1 is a desktop 3D scanner. It is capable of producing high-resolution, full-color representations of all objects within the dimensions of the scanner. This is made possible thanks to 2 lasers and an HD-CMOS sensor. Altogether, a scan accuracy of up to roughly 0.25mm and details as small as 0.43mm can be achieved with this cheap 3D scanner. The software is designed to create “watertight” STL meshes that are immediately ready for animation or, more importantly, 3D printing. If you use a USB cable, you can connect the device directly to your computer.
The XYZprinting da Vinci 1.0 AiO is a single extrusion FDM 3D printer-scanner combo with lots of features. “AiO” stands for “All-in-One” or Scan-Edit-Print. The scanning feature allows you to create digital models of objects that fit within the scanning dimensions of the printer. According to the specs, a digital 3D model will be created by the XYZscan software in under 5 minutes. After this, you can print your scan or use it in other CAD applications.
XYZprinting offers several affordable stand-alone 3D scanners. This cheap 3D scanner however, is handheld. That means you can manually control the full-color scanning process of your object. The resolution of the scanner can be as high as 1.5mm. Two different operating modes allow you to switch between “Head Mode” and “Object Mode.” All this does is let the software know what you are doing so it can make a better quality scan. The device uses the Intel RealSense Camera as its scanner. This cheap 3D scanner transmits its data to a computer via USB 3.0.
If you’re looking to build your own cheap 3D scanner from scratch, the BIQU DIY 3D Scanner kit might be the best option for you.
The software developed by BQ called ‘Horus’ is a multi-platform application that is the user interface for the 3D scanner. It allows the user to calibrate the lasers, control all the components like the camera, lasers, motor and LDR (Light-Dependent Resistor). And most importantly, it allows the user give the command to scan the object on the turntable. The device needs to be assembled by hand. The frame components are 3D printed, and this cheap 3D scanner is controlled by the ZUM BT-328 board and ZUM SCAN which are both based on Arduino technology.
Be prepared: This cheap 3D scanner is not easy to assemble. BQ has admitted to the difficulty of setup and calibration as well as inconsistencies in the build quality (accuracy) of the individual components. It is worth noting that the files for the printed components have been released on Thingiverse by BQ for the extreme DIY people out there who would like to source all the parts themselves and print the frame out.
This is the predecessor of the 3D Systems Sense 2 3D scanner. It is important to note that this original Sense 3D scanner is part of the discontinued Cubify line of products. 3D Systems, however, is still selling this 3D scanner on Amazon. In any case, you should first consider the 2nd generation Sense 3D scanner. It is featured further down the list.
This scanner’s maximum scan volume of 3 m³ still trumps the downgraded volume of 2 m³ that the new version is capable of.
Unfortunately, 3D Systems no longer publishes a list of specifications for this product.
The EinScan-S 3D scanner works on the same principle as the DAVID 3D scanning systems. White light is projected onto the object to be scanned and two cameras pick up the projected grid and create a 3D model. This not so cheap 3D scanner has two different modes. Automatic scan mode uses a turntable to automatically create a 360° 3D model of an object. This can be done on less than 3 minutes. However this mode limits the scan size to 200 x 200 x 200 mm. Alternatively, the user can select the free scan mode with does not utilize the turntable, but expands the maximum scan size to 700 x 700 x 700 mm. The EinScan-S is capable of capturing high quality, full color 3D scans of an object as well as texture details. Resulting 3D models can be used for a wide variety of purposes from game development to archiving to 3D printing.
The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is a rotational device. That means, the object to be scanned is placed in the center of a rotational platform and scanned while being rotated by the stationary lasers and camera. With the free software called MakerWare for Digitizer, the created STL file can very quickly be optimized and edited for 3D printing with MakerBot Replicator.
However, the user is not bound to the MakerBot ecosystem. Third party software and the printer of your choosing are just as well compatible with the created 3D model file.
The Digitizer 3D Scanner, in combination with the provided software, also lets the user take multiple scans of the object from different angles (e.g. top, bottom, and side perimeter). With the retrieved data, the software can stitch together an accurate full virtual model of the object the Digitizer scanned. This process is called MakerBot MultiScan Technology. One scan from one angle takes approximately 12 minutes to complete.
The Fuel3D SCANIFY Handheld 3D Scanner doesn’t use lasers like the other scanners on this list. Instead, it uses Xenon LED flash bulbs. This allows the user to scan the object as they were taking a simple picture of the object.
The capture of the full-color image takes just 1/10 of a second, and the model can be ready for printing within 1 minute of the scan. Included in the package is a copy of the Fuel3D Studio Starter editing software for post processing of the 3D modes. At 350 microns, the resolution is one of the higher on this list. Also, the user doesn’t have to walk around the object with the 3D scanner in hand, and the scanning process is extremely fast. That being said, to obtain a full 3D representation of an object, multiple images are needed from different points of view. In other words, a continuous motion capture of the object is not possible.
The AIO Robotics Zeus All-In-One 3D printer scanner combo is expensive but offers a lot of interesting features. First of all, it can scan objects placed inside the build area with a resolution of up to 150 microns – in color.
After the object has been scanned, the file can be edited using the fully integrated slicer program. A 7″ color touchscreen interface and the 1.7Ghz Quadcore processor allow this to be possible. The onboard computer even features a web browser connected to MyMiniFactory and Thingiverse. This makes it possible, without the use of an external computer, to download, edit, and print all from the 3D printer scanner combo itself.
For Models with multiple colors, the Zeus 3D printer scanner combo features an easy to use ‘pause, change color and continue’ function. If any problems come up during any step of the process, the Zeus has a built-in “Report Button” that makes the AIO Robotics aware of the problems. Also, since the machine is connected to the internet, it has an Auto Software Updater.
But there’s a drawback in this not so cheap 3D scanner: Without a heated build platform, the Zeus can only print with PLA-based filaments.
The 3D Systems Sense 2 3D Scanner is basically the same handheld scanner as their first generation Sense 3D scanner with the exception of some improvements. This affordable 3D scanner now supports Windows 8, offers “vastly improved color scanning” capabilities, improvements to the editing software, including a sharing function with Facebook and SketchFab.
At the same time, this new version of the 3D scanner offers a smaller maximum scanning volume at 2 m³ as opposed to the first version capable of 3 m³. 3D Systems have also said that the new system can’t scan uneven surfaces as well as the old one, for example when scanning hair.
The DAVID SLS-3 boasts being twice as accurate as its predecessor, the DAVID SLS-2 3D scanner, but isn’t half the price, unfortunately. The SLS-3 has improved handling and is portable just like the SLS-2. Also, both models are compatible with the companies TT-1 turntable for automating the 360° scan process. All in all, the SLS-3 is identical in concept and similar in design and function to the SLS-2 but worth the extra money if you’re going for extremely crisp representations of the objects you need to scan.
This is a bundle that includes the scanner itself, the TT-1 turntable as well as the DSL-1 desk scan lever.
The EinScan-Pro by Shining 3D is a premier option for those who want a professional-grade scanning system that is capable of capturing real world data and converting it into a high-quality digital 3D model. This easy-to-use device is fitting for both consumer and commercial applications of all kinds.
The EinScan-Pro can capture textured and colored objects ranging in size from 0.03m up to 4 meters. The scanner includes four different modes, including Handheld HD Scan, Handheld Rapid Scan, Automatic Scan, and Fixed Scan. These various modes allow for both portability and accuracy.
Additionally, the EinScan-Pro scanning software allows users to create “open” models for reverse engineering in a CAD system or it can create “closed” watertight models that are ideal for 3D printing.