What is 3D Scanning Spray?

Posted by Dynamic 3D on 9th Feb 2022

How does 3D scanning spray work?

3D scanning spray, also known as scanning spray, is a material applied to the surface of an object before performing 3D scanning. The purpose of using a 3D scanning spray is to improve the accuracy and quality of the 3D scan by enhancing the object's surface characteristics. 

The spray is typically formulated to create a thin, temporary coating on the object's surface. This coating helps with several aspects of the 3D scanning process:

  1. Reflection reduction: Some 3D scanning technologies, such as structured light scanners, work by projecting patterns onto the object's surface and analyzing how they deform. A 3D scanning spray can reduce reflections and glare caused by shiny or reflective surfaces, making it easier for the scanner to capture accurate data.
  2. Texture enhancement: Scanning sprays can add a temporary texture to the surface, making it easier for the 3D scanner to detect feature points and patterns. This is particularly useful when scanning objects with low texture or uniform surfaces.
  3. Surface preparation: In some cases, objects may have uneven or challenging surfaces, making it difficult for the 3D scanner to obtain accurate data. Applying a 3D scanning spray can help even out the surface and fill in imperfections, allowing for more consistent and precise scanning results.
  4. Temporary coating: The spray is usually non-permanent and can be easily removed after the scanning process is complete, leaving no residue or damage on the object.

The effectiveness and necessity of using a 3D scanning spray depend on the type of 3D scanning technology being used, the properties of the object being scanned, and the desired level of accuracy. Creaform 3D scanners may not require the use of a scanning spray but, can optimize data capture on highly reflective surfaces with complex geometry.

When using a 3D scanning spray, it is essential to follow the manufacturer's guidelines and ensure compatibility with the scanning technology and the material of the object being scanned. Additionally, it is always a good practice to test the spray on a small area of the object first to ensure it does not cause any adverse reactions or damage.