3D Scanners

Peel 3D launches sub $6,000 handheld 3D scanner full tech specs and pricing

Peel 3D, a Canadian 3D scanner developer powered by Creaform and Ametek, has launched its first handheld 3D scanner for $5,900. The “professional-grade handheld” device, that uses the effective structured light method of object capture, is competitively priced below Creafrom predecessors, typically priced between $20,000 and $50,000, marking a new entry into the high-end of the consumer market.

A new challenger approaches

As an entry-level 3D scanner, Peel 3D is a suitable solution for a range of creatives from teachers to engineers, capable of capturing objects for reverse engineering and product design. According to François Leclerc, project leader at Peel 3D, “many professionals—from designers to engineers to educational professionals—are looking for 3D scanners that are affordable, but also offer 3D scanning capabilities that go beyond the simplistic, entry-level products currently on the market.”


Peel 3D scanning a range of objects with different surfaces and textures. Photo via Youtube/Peel3D.
Peel 3D scanning a range of objects with different surfaces and textures. Photo via Youtube/Peel3D.

Accuracy and availability

The Peel 3D handheld scanner is capable of capturing 3D models of objects at an accuracy up to 0.250 mm (0.01 in.) and at a maximum rate of up to 550,000 measurements per second. Models are created as meshes in Peel 3D proprietary software, allowing for hole filling, and automatic smoothing of edges. 

Shiny objects, such as car parts and glass, can be captured by Peel 3D using a spray powder, which dulls the surface of an object and means that light is fed-back to the device in a more controlled manner. It also requires stick-on markers for better volumetric accuracy and in order to capture smooth surfaces.

The device is available exclusively from Peel 3D’s website, with the first shipment of devices expected at the end of October 2017.

Notable competitors of the Peel 3D scanner are Shining 3D’s Einscan-Pro range, priced  around $4,099, and the Artec Eva Lite which is typically $9,800. It will be interesting to see how the devices compare.

Peel 3D scanning different objects with a range of surfaces and textures. Photo via Youtube/Peel 3D.
Peel 3D scanning a shiny engine mold. Photo via Youtube/Peel 3D.

Full technical specifications

Accuracy – Up to 0.250 mm (0.01 in.)

Volumetric Accuracy –  0.500 mm/m (0.02 in./ft) With positioning targets or with an object presenting adequate geometry for positioning. 

Resolution – 0.500 mm (0.020 in.)

Measurement rate – 550,000 measurements/s

Light source – White light (LED)

Positioning methods – Geometry and/or targets

Scanning area – 380 x 380 mm (15 in. x 15 in.)

Stand-off distance – 400 mm (15.75 in.)

Depth of field – 250 mm (10 in.)

Part size range (recommended) – 0.3 – 3.0 m (1 – 10 ft)

Software – peel 3d

Output formats – .dae, .fbx, .ma, .obj, .ply, .stl, .txt, .wrl, .x3d, .x3dz, .zpr

Weight – 850 g (1.9 lbs.)

Dimensions – 96 x 140 x 258 mm

Connection standard – 1 x USB 2.0, USB 3.0 compatible

Operating temperature range – 15-40 °C (41-104 °F)

Operating humidity range (non-condensing) – 10-90%

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Featured image shows a technician scanning a shiny and finely detailed statue with a Peel 3D scanner. Photo via Peel 3D.