Polyga, a 3D scanner developer based in Canada, has announced the release of its new H3 handheld 3D scanner.
Described as an “all-purpose” handheld 3D scanner, the H3 is designed for scanning people, artifacts, artistic objects, and mechanical parts into digital 3D models.
An objective for Polyga as it was developing the H3 was to ensure its 3D scans were comparable in quality to those produced by stationary scanners, according to Thomas Tong, President of Polyga Inc: “We wanted to create a handheld 3D scanner that produces scan data as good as our stationary 3D scanners. This professional handheld system uses our proprietary, multi-image scanning patterns for 3D capture that we’ve traditionally used with our stationary 3D scanners. That’s why the H3 captures high-accuracy scans in a single shot.”
“The system produces equally high-quality data in both handheld and stationary modes.”
Polyga 3D scanners
Headquartered in Vancouver, Polyga is a developer of 3D scanners and mesh processing software, with over 10 years of experience in building technology for complex 3D imaging requirements.
Its line of 3D scanners covers different types for varying applications. The company’s stationary 3D scanners include the Polyga Compact range. This compact series, designed to be easy to use, includes a total of 5 3D scanners, ranging from smaller, affordable options to more powerful, larger systems like the L6 3D scanner. Other stationary 3D scanners provided by Polyga includes the Polyga Carbon, a more versatile option with an adjustable FOV.
Last year, Polyga also entered into a distribution agreement with fellow 3D scanner developer Thor3D, based in Russia, to resell products from each others’ portfolio. The deal meant that Polyga is now a distributor of Thor3D’s Calibry handheld 3D scanner, whereas Thor3D provides Polyga’s XTract3D software, a plugin for Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS. The plugin facilitates the use of scan data within legacy CAD/CAM systems. Key features of XTract3D include simple sketching tools (e.g. fitting and snapping), as well as the ability to handle large amounts of point cloud data.
The H3 3D scanner
Polyga’s new handheld H3 3D scanner is powered by two cameras capable of achieving 700 frames per second, which according to the company, allows the H3 to capture physical objects into digital 3D models “in minutes.”
Uses of the H3 include 3D scanning objects approximately 10 cm to 2 meters in size for applications in manufacturing, arts, archaeology, medical, computer vision, research, and design.
The name “H3” is derived from three features which Polyga believes are notable attributes of the system: handheld, high-accuracy and hybrid. A point and shoot system, the H3 can reportedly produce up to 1.5 million points per scan with an accuracy of up to 80 microns (0.08 mm) per scan, and can also transform into a hands-free stationary 3D scanner.
Technical specifications and pricing
The Polyga H3 handheld 3D scanner is available for purchase today from the Polyga website, with prices starting at $9,990 US dollars. Below you’ll find the technical specifications for the piece of kit.
|Polyga H3 3D Scanner||Technical Specifications|
|Type||Handheld 3D scanner|
|Dimension (mm)||280 x 200 x 60|
|Cameras (frames per second)||2 x 700 FPS, monochrome or color option|
|Software||Flexscan3D for 3D capturing and post-processing|
|Technology||Structured-light, multi-imaging pattern for 3D capture|
|Modes (2-in-1)||Handheld mode, stationary mode (mounted on a tripod)|
|Field of view (mm)||205 x 112 to 455 x 252|
|Point-to-point distance (mm)||0.5 or better|
|Accuracy||Up to 80 microns (0.08 mm)|
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Featured image shows Polyga H3 3D scanner in action. Photo via Polyga.