What can I do with my scan?

The Short Answer

Canvas creates a scale-accurate 3D model of your home or apartment that you can view, measure, share, or have converted into a design-ready CAD file in a number of different formats.

With a Canvas scan, you can (click the links below to jump to the related section):

This is all available for free directly through the Canvas app you tap “Done” after your scan.

The Long Answer

Canvas generates—in real-time—a scale-accurate, colorless 3D model which you can see an example of below:

You can take any measurement directly from the scan.

Scan To CAD/Colorizing

If you’d like us to convert this scan into a professional-grade CAD file, you can now submit this scan to our Scan To CAD pipeline for processing. You can read more about placing an order here: How do I upload my scans for reprocessing or Scan To CAD?

Measuring Tool

Using the measuring tool, you can take any measurement you need within seconds. Tap the ruler icon on the right hand side, then tap any two spots on the scan to measure.

We’ve also included some features to help take measurements. For instance, if you tap two opposing walls (that are parallel to each other), Canvas will automatically snap the measurement to be perfectly perpendicular (that way if you tap too high or too low, you will get the right measurement). 

Notes, Annotations, and Images

Canvas includes the ability to add notes to your scan so you can reference them later when you aren’t actively working with your clients!

For instance, if you want to note a cabinet with a door that needs replacing, tap the sticky note icon, tap the cabinet door and annotate!

You can even add reference images or screenshots using the “Photos” tab.

Please note: The annotations and notes you place on a scan are not uploaded with the scan and will not show up in your CAD file. They are for your reference.


Scans can be exported as a 3D mesh in .obj format. Exporting reprocessing scans will include textures and an .mtl file.

Export scans by tapping the "i" button at the top right corner, then tap "Share .obj file":