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

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In today’s blog post, we will be concluding our discussion on the Seal and Seal Lite 3D scanners from 3DMakerPro. If you haven’t read the previous two parts of this series, I highly recommend you start there before continuing with this post.

To begin, let’s talk about the software used for handling the Seal 3D scanner, which is 3DMakerPro’s JMStudio. I must say that this software is very powerful and efficient when it comes to processing 3D scans. In comparison to other software I have tested in the past, JMStudio runs quite quickly and delivers impressive results.

JMStudio offers three modes: Editing, Handheld Scanning, and Turntable Scanning. We have covered the latter two modes in our previous reviews, so today we will focus on the Editing mode. During scanning, JMStudio provides a real-time camera view in the top right corner of the screen, allowing you to coordinate your hand movements. In the center of the display, you can see the scan results, where the “captured” structure gradually grows as you proceed with the scan.

Once the scan is completed, you have the option to append additional scans. This is particularly useful for objects that require multiple views, such as capturing the front and back, top and bottom, etc. After capturing different perspectives of the subject, JMStudio offers an alignment function. The goal here is to move certain dots on both 3D scans to the same physical point, giving JMStudio a clear understanding of how the two pieces fit together. While the software can perform this alignment automatically, I prefer tackling this step manually to ensure accuracy.

Once the alignment is done, you can proceed to the “Process” step. This stage is complex as it involves knitting the points together to form a surface and cleaning up the scan. JMStudio provides various functions that can be performed in this step, including removing noises and repairing holes in the scan data. I must say, JMStudio does an excellent job on its own when it comes to removing stray scan bits and closing holes. However, if the holes are too big, no software can magically fill them. It ultimately comes down to the operator’s capability to capture all surfaces accurately, which is why multiple scans may be required.

One aspect of JMStudio that sets it apart from other software is its user-friendly interface. While there may be some awkward wording due to translation issues, it is relatively easy to comprehend the software’s functionalities. However, there is one persistent issue that I would like to highlight – the choice of colors for the interface. In certain displays, the text appears in a tiny light gray font against a slightly darker gray background, making it extremely challenging to read. This can prove to be a hindrance for many operators trying to navigate the software, and I believe it is crucial for the software to prioritize readability over aesthetics.

Moving on to the scan results, the Seal 3D scanner truly shines. I tested it on my standard scanning object, a ceramic Hummel figurine, and I was blown away by the results. The level of detail captured by the Seal scanner was outstanding, and it is undoubtedly the best scan I have achieved with any scanner so far. Both the Seal scanner and JMStudio worked seamlessly together to deliver an incredible scan of the figurine.

As for the Seal Lite, the overall operations were similar to the Seal scanner. However, I did notice that the scan quality was slightly inferior compared to its counterpart.

In conclusion, the Seal and Seal Lite 3D scanners, paired with the JMStudio software, offer users a powerful and efficient scanning experience. With proper data capturing and diligent scanning, these scanners are capable of producing remarkable results. Despite some minor issues with the software interface, the overall scanning process is relatively straightforward. Whether you are a professional or an enthusiast, the Seal and Seal Lite scanners are definitely worth considering for your 3D scanning needs.

An Unconventional Perspective on the Seal 3D Scanners

I have always been a fan of 3D scanning technology, and the opportunity to try out the new Seal and Seal Lite scanners was one that I couldn’t pass up. As an avid enthusiast, I expected to be impressed by their capabilities, but what I found was both surprising and exciting.

Let’s start with the Seal Lite. While it proved to be an interesting scan, I did notice that tracking was a little bit more challenging compared to its counterpart. This was mainly due to its dark and not so reflective surface. I was doubtful about its scanning accuracy, but to my amazement, it produced a near-perfect scan. It seems that the Seal units excel at capturing darker objects, as long as they are not shiny.

To put the scanners to the test, I decided to scan a pair of scissors. These scissors had both brushed and somewhat shiny surfaces, which posed a challenge. However, with some adjustments to the brightness settings, the scan came out remarkably well. The only issue was that the Seal did not capture the shiny prongs, but I have a theory that tweaking the brightness settings could potentially solve this problem. Alternatively, one could use a specialized scanning spray, like those provided by AESUB, to successfully scan any shiny object.

Moving on to scanning human faces, I focused on capturing just the face rather than the entire head. The result was quite impressive, although there were some minor imperfections on the surface, possibly due to the subject not being perfectly still during the scan. One useful tip I discovered is to start scanning from the nose, as JMStudio (the software used for scanning) seems to better recognize distinct geometry in that area.

Overall, I was highly impressed with both the Seal and Seal Lite 3D scanners. They are user-friendly and capable of producing excellent 3D scans, as long as the operator is skilled and the subject is suitable. That being said, there are some areas where the Seal system could be improved, such as providing an easier device configuration, enhancing the readability of JMStudio’s color interface, and offering a beginner-friendly guide to streamline the multi-step workflow required for a complete 3D scan.

With their launch happening this week, the Seal and Seal Lite scanners are being offered at a very competitive price point compared to other hardware 3D scanners. The Seal is priced at an MSRP of US$699, but you can obtain it for as low as US$384 during their launch. The Seal Lite, on the other hand, has an MSRP of US$359 and is currently discounted to only US$199. These affordable prices make them accessible to many 3D print operators, opening up new possibilities for high-quality 3D scanning.

In conclusion, my experience with the Seal and Seal Lite scanners has been nothing short of amazing. They offer solid performance and come bundled with powerful software that can produce exceptional 3D scans with some expertise. Whether you’re a professional or a hobbyist, these scanners are worth considering as a valuable addition to your 3D scanning toolkit.

If you found this post interesting, make sure to check out parts one and two of this three-part series. You can find more information about the Seal 3D scanners on the 3DMakerPro website or contribute to their Indiegogo campaign to get your hands on one of these impressive devices.

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