Part 2 of our experience with the 3DMakerPro Seal 3D Scanner.

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Today, we’re continuing our review of 3DMakerPro’s Seal and Seal Lite 3D scanners by taking a closer look at their operations, both on desktops and mobile devices. If you haven’t already, make sure to read parts one and three of this three-part series.

Operating the Seal scanners is quite similar to other devices in the market. It requires careful movements of the scanner while closely observing the capture in the accompanying software. During my testing, I scanned various subjects and noticed that the quality of the subject and the operator’s patience greatly affected the results. Like with any hardware 3D scanners, it’s crucial to handle the scanner delicately when moving it along the surface of the subject.

To ensure accuracy, imagine an invisible box in front of the scanner that acts as the “active zone”. Slowly slide this box around to cover all surfaces of the subject. If you deviate from the target or move too quickly, the scanner will lose tracking instantly. However, JMStudio, the software provided by 3DMakerPro, is excellent at recapturing tracking when you bring the view back to something it has already seen. Many other systems simply give up when tracking is lost, forcing you to start over. Fortunately, JMStudio makes this process relatively painless.

Now, let’s dive into some of the operational aspects I encountered during testing. For instance, I attempted to 3D scan a laser thermometer. Unfortunately, the scan did not turn out well as only a portion of the subject was successfully captured. This result was likely due to imprecise tuning of the brightness setting and the semi-reflective material of the target.

Another challenging subject I scanned was a shiny textured ceramic object. Surprisingly, the Seal was able to capture some of the ceramic surface despite the shine. However, it struggled to capture the darker portions of the object. It seems that capturing objects that are both dark and shiny presents difficulties. This highlights the importance of adjusting the brightness setting accordingly. I found that I often had to shift the brightness setting up or down depending on the specific subject. Darker objects typically required more brightness, while lighter ones did not.

It’s worth noting that the blue light mentioned in our previous post is actually visible to the naked eye. When scanning a subject, the flashing blue light appears like a blue patch. However, it is extremely bright, so we recommend that human subjects close their eyes during the scanning process. People sensitive to flashing lights should not consider being scanned with the Seal.

Overall, three factors stood out as critical to achieving a successful 3D scan with the Seal units: careful movement of the scanner, proper adjustment of the brightness setting for each subject, and taking precautions with the flashing blue light.

Now, let’s talk about the Smart Grip, which I was quite intrigued to test. This accessory enables fully mobile 3D scanning operations with the Seal. The best part is that no cables are required to connect to PCs, allowing the scanning operator to move freely while scanning a subject. Although the Smart Grip wasn’t compatible when I tested it with the Seal, it was compatible with the Seal Lite. Based on our information from 3DMakerPro, they will soon enable compatibility between the Smart Grip and the Seal as well.

The Smart Grip attaches to the Seal and a smartphone using two cables and a standard mount. It also comes with a universal bracket that can hold any smartphone. For scanning operations, 3DMakerPro provides the mobile JMStudio app for both Android and iOS platforms, which must be run on the smartphone during scanning. The Smart Grip not only acts as the power source for the scanner, but also provides a convenient grip for moving the Seal. The combination of the grip, scanner, and smartphone is relatively lightweight, but on longer scans, you may experience fatigue. Thankfully, you can take a short rest and let JMStudio recapture your position to continue scanning. There’s also an option to pause operations if necessary.

While using the Smart Grip, you’ll see a display on the handle that appears to show the distance to the object being scanned. This feature can be useful for maintaining an optimal scanning distance.

In conclusion, operating the 3DMakerPro Seal scanners requires careful movements and precise adjustments. The Seal and Seal Lite have their own challenges when it comes to capturing certain subjects accurately. However, with proper adjustments to settings and taking advantage of the JMStudio software’s capabilities, impressive results can be achieved. Additionally, the Smart Grip accessory opens up new possibilities for fully mobile scanning operations, enhancing flexibility and ease of use. Stay tuned for our final installment of this series, where we’ll delve into detailed results from our testing.

Make Your Workflow More Efficient with the 3DMakerPro Smart Grip

In our previous blog post, we discussed the benefits of the 3DMakerPro Smart Grip and how it can assist you in gauging whether to move in or out at any moment. However, we found that the display on the Smart Grip wasn’t particularly useful in practice. Our eyes were glued to the smartphone display during scanning, which is critical to maintaining aim and position. As a result, we often didn’t notice anything on the display.

Another aspect of the Smart Grip that we noticed was its battery life. As a big battery, it does require periodic charging. While we’re not sure of the exact size of the battery, it seemed to hold out for quite a number of scans before requiring recharging. However, we did find it unfortunate that there isn’t an indicator on the grip to show when charging is complete.

Once a mobile scan is captured, the data is stored on the smartphone and no further functions can be done. All editing must still be done on the desktop version of JMStudio, so the scan must be exported from the grip and into the PC. This process can be a bit daunting, but with some practice, we found it to be fairly reliable.

The data is transferred over WiFi, so both the PC and smartphone must be on the same network for this to work. Here’s how it works: On the PC in JMStudio, you select “Import from mobile” and are presented with a QR code. Then, using the mobile JMStudio on the Smart Grip, you scan that code. This provides the mobile app with the IP address of the PC-based JMStudio. If everything goes smoothly, the mobile app begins uploading the scan data, and the desktop JMStudio receives the imported file. It’s important not to interrupt this process, or else the transfer will fail and you’ll have to start over.

Once the file is successfully transferred to the PC, it is processed in the same manner as any scan captured directly on the PC. While we found the process to work well, it did feel a bit awkward. We hope that 3DMakerPro finds a way to simplify this process in the future, eliminating the need for QR codes. Ideally, the apps should simply “find” each other automatically on the network.

In conclusion, the 3DMakerPro Smart Grip offers great functionality for capturing scans, but there are some areas that could be improved for a more seamless workflow. Stay tuned for the third and final part of this series, where we will discuss our overall experience with the 3DMakerPro system.

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