Tutorial: How to scan a room with Canvas

New to 3D scanning? Don't worry, so is...everyone! This video tutorial will cover the basics of getting the best, most accurate possible scan (and resulting CAD files) with Canvas, including common mistakes to avoid. We strongly recommend that all new users watch this video before starting their first scan.

Additionally, you can see instructions for scanning with iPad and iPhone below:

iPad

  1. Start in a corner of the room with a lot of details (book shelf, picture frames, patterns)
  2. Stand 3-15ft away, aim the iPad at the detailed corner and tap Scan to startTip: Standing back can help Canvas keep better track of your position in the room 
  3. Move the iPad slowly up (or down) to the ceiling. You do not need to scan the entire ceiling or the entire floor.
  4. Take 1-2 steps to either side, and scan back down (or up) the wall to the floor. 
  5. As if you are spraying paint on the wall, continue with this pattern moving in one single direction
  6. Scan the perimeter walls until you are back at your starting point
  7. Tap Done to complete the scan

iPhone

360-Spin

  1. Stand roughly in the middle of the room, or within 15ft of what you want to scan
  2. Tap Scan and hold the phone still while Canvas initializes
  3. When prompted, use a “paint brush” motion to cover the on screen grid
  4. Move steadily and consistently in one direction
  5. Once prompted, follow on-screen dots to complete the scan
  6. Tap the stop button once loop closure completes
  7. Canvas will immediately start reprocessing (enhancing) the scanNote: Do NOT close the app while reprocessing and wait for it to finish
  8. Shown is a scale-accurate 3D model of what you scanned ready to be converted into a CAD file

Walkthrough

  1. Start in a corner of the room with a lot of details (book shelf, picture frames, patterns)
  2. Stand 3-15ft away, aim your iPhone at the details and tap Scan to startTip: Standing back can help Canvas keep better track of your position in the room 
  3. Move the iPad slowly up (or down) to the ceiling. You do not need to scan the entire ceiling or the entire floor.
  4. Take 1-2 steps to either side, and scan back down (or up) the wall to the floor. 
  5. As if you are spraying paint on the wall, continue with this pattern moving in one single direction
  6. Scan the perimeter walls until you are back at your starting point
  7. Tap Done to complete the scan