How does Scan To CAD pricing work?
The Short Version
All Scan To CAD orders follow a basic pricing structure of:
- $0.15 per sqft for all 3D output formats, with a $20 minimum per scan.
- $0.10 per sqft for our 2D Floor Plan output, with a $10 minimum per scan.
Square footage is calculated by floor to reflect all processed geometry. Orders with multiple scans will not double-charge overlapping areas. This means that if you scan a ground floor of 2,000 square feet and a second story of 1,000 square feet, the total square feet charged will be 3,000 square feet.
A typical order consists of:
- Canvas providing an estimated price range using the estimated area of each scan
- A hold placed on your card for the range maximum
- Once complete, you will be billed for the final total area.
Reprocess Only orders (which add color and create a shareable web link) are $3 per scan, and you can learn more about cloud reprocessing here. Scanning and using the scan in-app is 100% free.
Scan To CAD pricing is not designed for exteriors. If you are submitting exteriors, please reach out to us at email@example.com for an updated price.
The Long Version
When you place a Scan To CAD order in-app, each scan will have an estimated area and an associated estimated price provided as a range.
The square footage estimate under each scan is the Canvas app’s best guess at the square footage of that scan. Unfortunately, it is not possible to calculate this from the scan accurately 100% automatically, as some areas may be duplicated between scans, not included in the final CAD model, or many other factors. We therefore give you a range of what we expect the cost could be per scan, but state our best estimate both per scan and for the entire order.
When you place an order:
- A hold will be placed for the maximum of the estimated cost range and you will not be billed right away. While the estimate will technically double-count overlapping areas, you will not be double-charged for overlapping areas.
- The order summary and confirmation email will provide the middle of the estimated range - This is not the final cost but an estimate.
- Once the order is complete, the area of each floor will be calculated and added up and priced according to the output requested.
- You will be charged for the adjusted area and the hold will be removed. For example, if you have an estimated range of 200-400sqft, and the total area is actually 302, the final billed amount is for 302sqft.
We hold the maximum only because we can not charge you more than the amount of the hold, and the estimate may vary up or down from the final price. This prevents us from having to reach out to you again for a final balance, and therefore slow down your order.
To emphasize, you will not be charged the full held amount unless we actually process the associated square footage. You will only be charged for what is actually processed.
If for some reason the estimate is very low and we can not process the order for the amount held, we will reach out to explain the situation and request your permission to charge a higher amount. We will never charge more than the maximum hold without your permission — in fact, we can’t!
What’s with the minimums?
A minimum cost per scan ($10 for 2D, $20 for 3D) applies, as there is a certain baseline cost to process your scan regardless of size. These minimums are intended purely to ensure we can continue providing Scan To CAD for small spaces, and they are even lower than our previous per-scan pricing for both 3D and 2D outputs, which used to be $29 or $39 (depending on the format) and $15 respectively.
What if the square footage you processed differs from the actual square footage of the space?
As a reminder, you can expect most measurements in your final Scan To CAD result to be within 1-2% of what’s verified manually with a laser distance meter, measuring tape, or existing blueprint. You can read more about accuracy here.
This means that you may find slight differences between the actual square footage of the space and the CAD model generated. This is normal due to the nature of the above tolerances, but if you find a greater than 2% discrepancy, you can request a price review by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I want exteriors?
While Canvas and Scan To CAD are optimized for scanning interior spaces, they are capable of scanning exteriors with some caveats. Scan To CAD for exteriors is therefore offered on an experimental basis only, at $0.05 per square foot.
Please note that as Canvas is intended for interiors, and we do not detect interior vs. exterior scans in-app, your in-app pricing estimates are likely to be wrong if you include exterior scans in your order. As a result, if you submit scans of only the exterior structure, you may be overcharged, and need to email email@example.com to request an adjustment (down to $0.05 per sqft). If you are submitting scans of both the interior and exterior to be combined, you may receive an email from us requesting additional funds to cover the +$0.05 per sqft.
Due to the limitations of scanning outdoors, you may also find that Scan To CAD results including exterior scans are more frequently outside of our expected accuracy tolerances.
What if I want multiple formats, or to add on to an old order?
Ordering multiple formats (e.g., I want a Revit model and 2D drawings) as well as adding on to an old order (I already processed this for Chief Architect, but I also want a SketchUp model) are not officially supported in the Canvas app, but we are usually able to accommodate manually. If you are adding on to an old order, you will only be billed for the additional square footage processed for the add-on.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the latest pricing.
I use the metric system. Can I order in square meter pricing?
Yes. Simply go to Settings within your online account portal or the Canvas app and change your units to metric. Your pricing will automatically be converted for new orders, but your invoices and order summaries for old orders will not be affected.
I scanned equipment (or some other object that isn’t a room or space). How will I be charged?
As Canvas is meant for scanning rooms and homes, your order will likely be automatically rejected by the Scan To CAD system. We can override this rejection in some circumstances by request, but it may affect your pricing. Please contact email@example.com if you intend to scan equipment or industrial environments, and we also suggest reading: What gets included in my CAD file?