[iPad / iPhone Pro Series] How to easily create 3D models with the free 3D scanning app “Scaniverse”.

In this article, I’ll introduce the LiDAR app Scaniverse.
It’s free and easy to use, even if you don’t know which app to use.

Image of Scaniverse in use

Image of Scaniverse in use

About LiDAR

LiDAR is a technology that irradiates a laser beam onto an object and uses the reflected light to measure the distance and the shape of the object.
The following article explains about LiDAR for details.

What is Scaniverse?

  • iPhone12Pro
  • iPhone12Pro Max
  • iPhone13Pro
  • iPhone13Pro Max
  • iPad Pro(2020, 2021 models)

This is a dedicated 3D scanning app for iPad Pro (2020, 2021 models) (iPhone13Pro/Pro Max supported since Version 1.5.3: updated on September 29).

It used to require a 2000 yen (annual) subscription to use some of the advanced functions, but as of August 11, 2021, all functions are now available for free.
This is due to the acquisition of Scaniverse by Niantic, Inc., the company that develops and operates Pokémon GO.

You can download it from the Apple Store.

App Store

App Store

Jump to the link above or search for “Scaniverse” in the App Store.
Then tap GET to download.

Scaniverse

Scaniverse


When the download is complete, tap OPEN.

When the download is complete, tap OPEN.

Let’s try using Scaniverse!

Start the app, and let’s try scanning in 3D.

3D scan of a pig sculpture in a town.

3D scan of a pig sculpture in a town.

RANGE:RANGE:00m is the value of the range to scan the 3D object.
If you want to scan a nearby object like in this case, tap the RANGE: button to shorten the distance.
Then a red line will appear on the 3D object to be scanned, as shown in the screenshot below.

After setting the values, tap the red circle button to start 3D scanning.

After setting the values, tap the red circle button to start 3D scanning.

We will take a picture of the target solid from various angles.
Be careful not to move the object too fast or it will not be scanned properly.
Once you have taken a picture, tap the red button again to finish.

Make sure that the red stripes do not cover the object.

Make sure that the red stripes do not cover the object.

The pig has now been scanned.
You can swipe the sculpture around to make sure it is being scanned properly.
If everything is fine, select the resolution from three options.

Click Save Draft in the upper right corner to save the draft.

Click Save Draft in the upper right corner to save the draft.

The differences are related to each other as follows

  Quality Speed of processing
Standard Low Fast
High
Ultra High Slow

Editing the scanned model

You can edit the 3D scanned model on the app.

Edit screen

Edit screen

Crop the model

Tap CROP to cleanly crop out the jagged edges of the ground, as shown here.

CROP

CROP

TOP is selected, but you can change the viewpoint to LEFT, FRONT, or RIGHT to edit the model.
Swipe the corners of the square in the center of the screen to make it look the way you want.

Tap the check button when you are done.

Tap the check button when you are done.


The ground has been clearly hollowed out.

The ground has been clearly hollowed out.


If you select the cylinder mark instead of the cube, you can cut out a circle.

If you select the cylinder mark instead of the cube, you can cut out a circle.


Example of hollowing out a circle

Example of hollowing out a circle

Applying a filter to the model

Tap the FILTER button to change the color of the model.

FILTER

FILTER

When you have set the tint to your liking, tap the check mark to finish.

Tap twice to change the intensity of the filter.

Tap twice to change the intensity of the filter.

Change the texture of the model

In addition to the filter, you can also change the following items.

EXPOSURE Luminosity Change the brightness of the model.
CONTRAST Contrast Changes the intensity of light and shadow
SHARPNESS Sharpness Changes the intensity of the model’s contours

Use the scanned model

Display it in AR

You can display the scanned model as AR in another location.

Tap the button that says AR VIEW.

AR VIEW

AR VIEW

Then, the place where you are will be displayed through the camera.

Sculpture goes to the park

Sculpture goes to the park

Measure the size of the model

You can tap MEASURE to measure the approximate size of the model.

MEASURE

MEASURE

First, tap the beginning of the location you want to measure.
In this case, we want to measure the size of a pig, so we will tap the nose.

Then a red dot will appear as shown below.

The starting point of the place you want to measure is now set.

The starting point of the place you want to measure is now set.

Then tap on the buttocks, which will be the end point.

About 1,23m is now displayed.

About 1,23m is now displayed.

If you want to remeasure, tap the arrow to the right of MEASURE.

Share the model

Tap SHARE to share it externally.

SHARE

SHARE①


SHARE

SHARE②

Send in Message

You can send the model to your Mac via AirDrop, or share it via Mail or other SNS.

Easy to share

Easy to share

When you tap Mail, an email with the model attached will be launched.

Send by Mail

Send by Mail

Post to Sketchfab

Upload your model to Sketchfab, a 3D model platform.
You can use the model in STYLY via this platform.

First, log in to Sketchfab.

Log in to Sketchfab

Log in to Sketchfab

Then, allow access and uploads from Scaniverse.

Tap ACCEPT.

Tap ACCEPT.

Enter a title and other information.

Post to Sketchfab

Post to Sketchfab

When you are done, tap Publish to publish.
If you tap Upload Draft, it will be uploaded as a draft.

For more information on how to upload from Sketchfab to STYLY, please refer to this article.

When I used Scaniverse this time, I found the UI to be simple and easy to understand, and it has a full range of functions.

The best part is that it’s free to use, from download to all functions.
I’d like to try it out! I recommend it to anyone who wants to try it out.

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