Part 1 provides a hands-on experience with the 3DMakerPro Seal 3D Scanner.

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We recently had the chance to experience the latest 3D scanners from 3DMakerPro, the Seal and Seal Lite. This blog post is the first of a three-part series, so make sure to read the next two parts as well. 3DMakerPro is a well-known brand name, owned by Shenzhen Jimuyida Technology Co. Ltd, and they are gradually gaining recognition in the Western market. Founded in 2015, this company has been focusing on developing 3D scanning and related technologies. They have already launched several units, including the impressive “Mole”, which we recently reviewed. In addition, they also provide hardware and software support for Creality’s CR-SCAN Lizard 3D scanner, which is then rebranded by Creality. We also had the chance to test this 3D scanner last year. Now, 3DMakerPro has released a new line of 3D scanners called the “Seal”, which comes in two models: the Seal and the Seal Lite. These two models are very similar, with the only major difference being the resolution provided. The Seal offers higher resolution compared to the Seal Lite. The Seal scanners are incredibly small compared to other hardware 3D scanners we have encountered. The camera unit measures only 110 x 60 x 35mm and weighs almost nothing. However, these scanners cannot be operated independently; they need to be attached to a PC or the “Smart Grip”, which we will discuss later. 3DMakerPro claims that the Seal has an accuracy of 0.1mm and a resolution of only 0.05mm, which is remarkable for a low-cost hardware 3D scanner. During scanning, the Seal is able to capture 24-bit color textures, which can be beneficial for specific types of 3D scans. However, it seems that this feature was not enabled on the units we tested. The Seal scanners utilize structured light as their scanning technology. In this process, a pattern is projected onto the subject and the reflected pattern distortions are interpreted into 3D geometry. The light source used in the Seal scanners is different from most other structured light 3D scanners, which typically use LED or near-infrared lighting. Instead, the Seals use a blue light with a shorter wavelength. This smaller wavelength allows the device to capture higher resolution. One notable feature of the Seal scanners is the absence of markers. Many other hardware 3D scanners require the placement of reflective markers on the subject to assist in tracking its position in 3D space. However, the sophisticated software developed by 3DMakerPro can track the scanner’s position without markers, and no markers are provided or recommended with the units. Furthermore, both the Seal and Seal Lite can operate in multiple modes. They can be used in handheld mode, attached to a PC, in mobile mode using the “Smart Grip”, or in turntable mode, where the scanner remains stationary while the subject rotates in front of it. The Seal scanners are shipped in a practical carrying case. The case has molded crevices to securely hold all the items and it is convenient for transportation. Inside the case, you will find the scanners, the Smart Grip for mobile operations (which we will explain later), a power supply, and several cables. It is important to note that we received both the Seal and Seal Lite in the case, as we were provided with both models for evaluation purposes. However, we found them to be very similar, with the only difference being the capture resolution, and the fact that the Seal’s case is made of metal while the Seal Lite’s case is made of plastic. Setting up a 3D scanner may seem like a straightforward process, but we did encounter a few difficulties. Physically, there is not much to do. The Seal device must be set up in one of two modes: handheld mode attached to a PC or mobile mode using the Smart Grip. Setting up these modes is simply a matter of plugging in cables. However, the configuration process proved to be a bit more challenging. 3DMakerPro utilizes JMStudio software to power all of their 3D scanners. The software needs to recognize which 3D scanners are in your inventory, so the operator must select the appropriate one to use. If you only have one 3D scanner, this is not a major issue. However, if you have several scanners, this step can be a bit more complex.

Today I wanted to share with you an interesting experience I had recently with setting up multiple scanners for 3D scanning. Now, if you’ve ever had the opportunity to work with more than one scanner at a time, you’ll probably know that it can be a bit tricky if you’re not careful with your selection.

You see, when using multiple scanners, it’s crucial to ensure that the hardware and software are in sync. If you happen to select the wrong scanner in the app, you may end up with unexpected results. Trust me, I speak from experience.

The key step in this process is to load the correct calibration file into JMStudio for each scanner. In the case of 3DMakerPro, each scanner comes with a unique calibration file that must be properly loaded for it to function correctly. Now, you would think that JMStudio would make it easy by allowing you to look up the calibration file over the Internet, right? Well, that didn’t work out so well for me.

Despite the built-in feature, I couldn’t get it to work smoothly. Thankfully, the folks at 3DMakerPro were understanding and had to manually send over the calibration files. It was a bit of a tedious process, as I had to match the calibration file names to the serial numbers of the scanners. But eventually, after careful checking, I managed to find the correct matches.

But let me tell you, reading and matching the serial numbers can be a bit nerve-wracking. It’s easy to get mixed up and confuse the scanners. So my advice to you is to be extremely careful when dealing with serial numbers. Take your time, double-check, and make sure you have the correct calibration files for each scanner.

Once you have successfully loaded the correct calibration files for all the scanners in JMStudio, you are finally ready to start your 3D scanning adventure. Phew, it’s been quite a journey, hasn’t it?

In the future, I really hope that 3DMakerPro simplifies this process. It shouldn’t be such a hassle and it definitely shouldn’t expose the operator to calibration flies. It would be great if the calibration process could be automated, making it seamless and effortless for users.

Well, that concludes part one of my three-part series on setting up multiple scanners for 3D scanning. I hope you found this post helpful and informative. Stay tuned for parts two and three, where I’ll share more about my 3D scanning journey with 3DMakerPro.

And as always, feel free to share this post with anyone who might find it interesting or helpful. Until next time!

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