So, what do I get after I’m done with my scan?

The 3D model created on-device is a fully interactive 3D reconstruction of the space you scanned. It combines all of the points captured by the Structure Sensor into a scale-accurate mesh, which looks like this: 

Here is a more interactive view of the on-device scan. 

This is what you can expect to see on your iPad, in the Canvas app, after you hit “Done.” You will be able to measure, review, or export this model via email (as a .obj file), directly from your iPad. We have uploaded it to Sketchfab for your convenience, so you don't need any special software to view this model.

If you want to use the .obj file of the scan on your computer, you'll need a program that can handle a 3D mesh. MeshLab or Blender are two free options. 

The mesh is very complex geometry, so it is not recommended that you try to use the mesh with CAD programs like AutoCAD, SketchUp, Revit, and other architectural programs (which are not made to handle these kinds of files). There are certain plugins that make it possible, but it will typically slow down the program and be very difficult to work with. This is why we built Scan To CAD — to bridge the gap between 3D scanning and major architecture and design workflows. 

Scan To CAD takes your 3D scan and converts it into a design-ready, editable CAD file in .rvt, .skp, .dwg, or .dae formats starting at $29/scan. If you are looking to use Canvas with architecture and design programs, this is likely what you will want to use, as it transforms the model into this:

You can learn more about Scan To CAD here, or download our sample data package directly here.

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