We’ve previously covered 3D scanners from the low-cost DIY Ciclop kit to more expensive models ($1,000+), but the market offerings have improved as shown by Revopoint POP 2 3D scanner that not only scans shapes but also colors, and is currently offered on Kickstarter for $419 and up.
Revopoint POP 2 scanner relies on stereo depth capture with micro-structured light using a “proprietary micro projecting chip” enabling up to 0.1mm accuracy, and the texture scanning mode can add color/texture to 3D models as well.
- Technology – Micro-structured light and binocular proprietary technology
- Single capture – Accuracy: up to 0.1mm, range/area: 210 x 130 mm
- Point distance – 0.15 mm
- Working distance – 150 to 400 mm
- Minimum scan volume – 20 x 20 x 20 mm
- Scan speed – Up to 10 fps
- Light source – Class 1 infrared laser (meaning eye safe)
- Alignment – Feature, market, color
- Texture scan support
- Sensor – 6 DoF gyroscope
- Output formats – PLY, OBJ, STL
- Host interfaces – 2.4 GHz WiFi and Bluetooth, USB 3.0 micro-B data port
- Dimensions – 154.6 x 36.2 x 25.6 mm
- Weight – 195 grams
The company explains that scanning of shiny, black, transparent, or highly reflective objects may require 3D scanning spray powder, and a cover may be needed for outdoor scanning to avoid interference of intense light. The photo below is supposed to show some samples of scanned objects.
POP2 needed to be connected to a host system with USB-C or USB-A port running HandyScan program/app available for Windows, Mac OS, Android, or iOS. Since there’s WiFi, and an optional 4,000 mAh power bank is offered, it might be possible to get the data transferred wirelessly as long as the bitrate is sufficient. The 3D scanner ships with a tripod, a USB to USB-A/C cable, a 2-in-1 mobile cable, a phone holder, and a quick setup kit by default, but you can also add the aforementioned power bank, a carrying case, and/or a portable turntable.
Revopoint promotion video (embedded below) gives a good overview of the capabilities of the 3D scanner, but you’ll also find several independent video reviews in English, Spanish, and French if you scroll down a bit on the Kickstarter page. If you want to see scanning demos, Phil Nolan review demonstrated the process and limitations well with two figurines.
Revopoint POP 2 color 3D scanner has been pretty popular so far with over $2 million raised from about 4,500 backers with 14 days to go. Shipping adds $20 to the cost, and rewards should start shipping in February 2022. There’s also a risk with crowdfunding but considering this is their second 3D scanner, and the device has been tested by third parties, the risk should be fairly low.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.