Revopoint POP 3 3D Scanner brings 3D scanning to the masses


When you think about it, back then when 3D models were new to computer graphics and games, they looked pretty terrible. At that time they were kind of revolutionary compared to the 8-bit, 2D graphics that we were used to, but in hindsight they were pretty ugly.

However, creating those graphics weren’t easy given the technology we had to work with back then, and these days as technology becomes even more advanced and 3D modeling becomes a lot more refined, things have only gotten more complicated, but in a good way because if you look at today’s movies, games, and graphics, they are more lifelike than ever!

Now, if you are interested in 3D scanning, maybe you want to create models of your own, or use it to create presentations, and so on, the process has gotten a lot more accessible, especially with devices like Revopoint’s POP 3.

Handheld operation

During the earlier days of 3D scanning, you would require some kind of booth filled with cameras to capture the object’s details from all kinds of angles. It’s not exactly feasible for the hobbyist or enthusiast who might not have the resources to access or build such a system themselves.

This is one of the strengths of Revopoint’s POP 3. This is a handheld 3D scanner which means that all you need is a laptop, the POP 3 itself, and you’re pretty much good to go! Just point the POP 3 at any object that you want to scan and the capturing process has already begun.

The fact that it is handheld means that you have more freedom and flexibility in the kinds of objects you capture, and where you capture it. You could be out in a cafe and want to quickly scan your coffee cup, or you’re at a park and want to scan flowers, the possibilities are endless.

That being sad, keep in mind that the POP 3 is designed more for medium-sized objects. For users who want to scan larger objects like human beings, Revopoint also has its Range 3D scanner, while the Revopoint MINI is perfect for smaller objects. This isn’t to say that the POP 3 is incapable of larger scans, but you might need to stitch the models together if the object is too large.

Highly precise, quick scanning

Now, some of you might think that given its size, it might not be as quick or as precise compared to larger dedicated 3D scanning systems, but we beg to differ. According to Revopoint, the POP 3 is capable of highly-precise scans of up to 0.05mm single-frame precision.

This means that for the most part, its scans are very accurate and precise and if need be, you could always make adjustments after the fact. The POP 3 also works incredibly fast for a handheld scanner. The company boasts that the device is capable of 18 fps scan speeds, which is pretty impressive given its size.

This is perfect if you’re trying to reverse engineer an object and need to make a quick scan into your computer, or if you’re putting together a rough draft of an animation and want to make 3D scans of objects or people.

The POP 3 also comes with built-in white and infrared LEDs. The white LED fill light is mainly used to enhance the capture of surface colors and material information in color scanning mode, resulting in more realistic and vibrant color 3D models. The infrared fill light is primarily used in marker point mode to capture three-dimensional data of objects with less prominent geometric features more effectively.

Revopoint has also made sure to include a 9-axis IMU with the POP 3, which helps reduce stitching errors caused by shaking, significantly decreasing the probability of tracking loss due to tremors during use. As a result, users can smoothly scan the entire object in handheld mode with the POP 3. There is also an algorithm to help reduce shake faults which could mess up the accuracy of your scans or if you’re trying to stitch a larger scan together.

Simple and intuitive to use

For those who might be new to 3D scanning, the process might seem rather intimidating and we totally understand. But with Revopoint’s series of 3D scanners, the company has made the process entirely painless.

For starters, the POP 3 itself has been designed rather simply. It features touch controls that are intuitive so you know how to start and stop your scans without having to waste too much time diving into layers and layers of menus. Revopoint has also made sure to include LED indicators for better visual feedback.

Revopoint will also be including its own capture software that will work on Windows and Mac, as well as iOS and Android, so there are multiple options when it comes to importing your scans to your devices. The Revo Scan 5.0 software has also been designed to be simple to use, so you can quickly begin editing your scans once you’re done with it.

The software also supports formats such as STL, PLY, and OBJ, which means that it will play nicely with most mainstream 3D modeling and slicing software, like Blender, Fusion 360, Cinema 4D, Unreal Engine, and more.

Pricing & availability

Like we said earlier, some 3D scanning tools might be too expensive and complicated for the average hobbyist or enthusiast, so if you’re looking for something that’s a bit more accessible, you might be interested to learn that the Revopoint POP 3 is being sold for just $659 via its website.

This is the price for the standard edition which comes with additional accessories like a calibration board, a mini turntable, and marker topper, just to name a few. If you’re a more advanced user or want the complete package, the advanced edition is priced at $769 and will come with additional accessories like a dual-axis turntable, a power bank, and a reusable sticky pad.

Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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