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3D Scanning at the Innovation Space: How to 3D Scan with the Sense 3D Scanner

How-To Guide for 3D Scanning

How to 3D Scan with the Sense 3D Scanner

There are many ways to 3D scan an object.

The 3D Scanner available at HSHSL is the Sense scanner from 3D systems.

The Sense 3D scanner can scan the volume as small as 8 inches, to as large as 118 inches. You use the 3D scanner by holding it in your hand and move it slowly around an object. The software will take the input from the 3D scanner and will start creating the image on the computer screen.

Take the follow steps to use the Sense 3D scanner.

  1. Start the Sense program on your computer.
  2. Select the option closest to the size of the object of your choice.
  3. Hold the scanner about 1.5 ft. away from the object and press 'START SCAN' on the program.
  4. Try to scan as many sides as possible of the object.
  5. If you lose the tracking, try to get back into it by following the directions on the screen.
  6. You can always hit the HOME button and start the scanning again.
  7. When you are satisfied, click NEXT.
  8. Edit the scanned image.
  9. Then click 'SOLIDIFY'.
  10. You can enhance and do touch-up if you would like.
  11. If you are satisfied with the result, download the file as .STL format so that you can 3D-print the scanned image.

Watch these videos below to see how to use the Sense 3D scanner software to 3D-scan an object, modify, and repair the model.

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Modernization projects such as the Innovation Space initiative are made possible by the generosity of donors through the UMB Foundation. If you would like to support projects such as these please visit or contact us at (410) 706-7545.