Have an iPhone X, XS or XR? You can create/scan, view, export and share 3D models by utilizing the TrueDepth camera! On other devices you can use the ordinary camera mode.
The app is divided into two modes:
= Back-facing camera mode
- available for all devices
- manual camera focus
- sharing photos via built-in Wi-Fi server
= 3D Scanner
- available only for the iPhone X as an in-app purchase
- create 3D models by scanning everyday objects
using the front-facing TrueDepth camera
- after scanning, export the models into PLY (with colors)
and STL (without colors) file formats
- share exported models via built-in Wi-Fi server
- view the models in AR
- you can scan in pitch-dark environment!
- choose from the available scanning precisions — the higher
the precision, the shorter the scanner range
- objects in scanner range are highlighted in the live view
- switch to the passive Night Vision where there're no
explicit restrictions on the scanner range
- use the volume buttons as camera toggle
Instructions for the 3D scanner:
- move slowly when scanning
- make sure that most of the captured scene is within
the scanner range
The scanner isn't perfect and can fail when moving too fast or scanning a challenging environment (e.g. glass surfaces cannot be captured due to the nature of the TrueDepth sensor).
Fixed a minor bug in live preview for iPhone XS Max.
Ratings and Reviews
Best mobile 3D scanner for iPhone X
I’m kind of blown away at how well this scanner works. It’s not perfect however compared to what’s been available this is incredible.
The biggest issue is not the 3D scanning, its the “WiFi file sharing” feature. While I suppose this could be useful I really don’t understand why the developer doesn’t let you just share using the expected avenues such as email, iMessage, save to phone or air drop. I don’t even know what it means to wifi share a file is to be honest... I’m still not sure how to access the scanned data.
I’m guessing file size concerns have something to do with the choice to WiFi share/export your 3D scans, maybe the app isn’t very strong with managing the captured scan data? I think it would be nice to at least have other export options. At very least make it more clear on how you send/receive captured files over WiFi. Also, adding .fbx and .obj as file format options would be fantastic. Right now the .stl files are strictly catering to 3D printing apps. .obj and .fbx would be easier to share with industry standard 3D modeling applications, like C4D, Zbrush, Unity.
Still giving it 4 solid stars (assuming I figure out how to accept a shared WiFi file). The quality is really impressive and again, compared to what’s available, this is amazing.
Please polish and continue working out the bugs, this is a really promising app. Finally getting some use out if this iPhone X depth sensor!
you can access the exported files either via the iOS Files App (where you can share the exported files via Airdrop or send them via iMessage) or through iTunes File Sharing or finally via the Wi-Fi sharing. I didn't include sharing via iMessage because of the file size as you correctly mentioned.
Wi-Fi sharing works like this: your iPhone needs to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the computer you want to download the models from. First you scan a model, then you export the model into PLY and/or STL formats and after that you click on the "Sharing" icon in the Library and press "Start sharing".
Please take a look at this image: https://hege.sh/img/wifi_sharing.png. After clicking on "Start sharing", you can go to your computer and connect to your iPhone via a web browser by typing in the browser one of the addresses that are displayed in the "Start sharing" popup (in the image it can be for example http://Tmp.local or 192.168.1.189). After that a website should open with all of your *exported* models (models that you don't export into PLY and/or STL won't be displayed there) that you can download.
If you have any problems/questions then please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fantastic 3D scanning app 👍
Fantastic and fun 3D scanning! First app I found that didn’t require a subscription to use! 👍 I hope it will keep being developed and updated and not just die. There are SO many things I’d like to see the author add. Here are some:
1. I like that you can use the volume button to start/stop a scan but it would be nice if you could use the volume button on headphones to do the same.
2. An easier way to preview the scan. The AR viewer isn’t great and almost useless. The only way is to export into ply or stl and then use simple viewer. Too many steps
3. The ability to name scans so you know what they are.
4. Ability to move the light source in the preview. Sometimes I can’t tell if an area didn’t scan or if it’s in a shadow.
5. Export multiple selections into PLY and/or STL at the same time.
Advanced wish list:
1. There is no easy way to export a model with textures to a format that can be read by most 3D apps. I’ve had to do a lot of messing around in Meshlab to get anything close.
2. The ability to merge multiple scans.
3. Sometimes a scan fails and ends abruptly with a lot of junk added. When this happens, it would be great if it would ask you if you want to remove the last 4 seconds (or an amount entered by the user)
These are a few things off the top of my head. Thanks for the fantastic app!
Utterly impressed, the very best 3D scanning available
Heges should be getting a lot more attention. The app has crashed a few times for me, mostly when attempting to preview a very heavy scan. It’s very stable.
The app is nice and simple; just enough settings to fine tune the scan, and it has a few options for previewing and exporting the scanned files. I had a little trouble figuring out how to send the files to my desktop, but that’s because I never read the instructions —so that’s on me.
The quality of the scan is excellent even when handheld or in the dark (depth camera needs no light).
I find the Heges app to be both a fun toy, and a useful utility. Had a blast today scanning coworkers. It’s really fun to “ruin” the scan by changing expressions or deliberately moving the head. You get some pretty crazy results.
Had no trouble exporting the .ply files to my desktop, cleaning the model in third party software, and importing into May for some fun results.
I really love this app, I hope it has a long life on the App Store, and I hope it gets a lot more attention.
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- Marek Simonik
- 22.8 MB
- Photo & Video
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), and iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (6th generation).
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2018 Marek Šimoník
- In-App Purchases
- 3D Scanner $2.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.