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3DMakerprospecializes in high-precision 3D scanning. Founded in 2015 and based in Shenzhen, the company employs a team of 100 R&D staff and has established a 3D scanning portfolio which includes the Whale, Mole, Lynx models.
This article is a review of the 3DMakerpro SealThe newest addition to the portfolio.
The 3DMakerpro seal is a pocket-sized, portable 3D scanner aimed at entry-level users who want to get high-quality 3D scanning for a low price. Seal boasts a 0.01mm accuracy, 0.05mm resolution and up to five times the resolution of similar 3D scanners.
Seal, which starts at $699, is an affordable entry to the 3D-scanning market. You can purchase it on the official website. 3DMakerpro online store.
Seals: Key Features
Seal’s 3D scanning abilities are touted as high-quality despite its low price. With a reported 0.01mm accuracy and 0.05mm resolution, 3DMakerpro’s newest 3D scanner also incorporates anti-shake optical lenses. This results in better results, and a more stable experience when 3D scanning.
The Seal’s 24-bit High-Definition Color Texture Camera incorporates a high-quality CMOS image sensor, facilitating the capture of fine object details. Seal’s full-color capability allows it to capture up 16,777,216 colours, allowing for lifelike model texture scanning.
Seal also uses a blue-light source when scanning as opposed to the more conventional NIR or LED light sources. The blue light has a shorter wavelength, between 400 and 500 nanometers. This is said to provide 5x the detail of comparable 3D scans. The blue light’s shorter wavelengths also encounter less diffraction, allowing for sharper focus across greater distances, resulting in higher precision and finer detail.
Thanks to the Seal’s AI visual tracking technology, no markers are needed during the 3D scanning process. This can be problematic when trying to align multiple scans that are symmetrical and have large flat surfaces. These problems can be resolved with the manual tool.
Users can perform 3D scans using multiple modes including Turntable Mode and Handheld Mode. They can also combine Turntable Mode with Handheld Mode.
Pocket-sized 3D scanner
Seal has a sleek and minimalist design. Its body is made of aluminum alloy, which gives it a robust and high-quality feeling.
Seal’s compact size is a key feature. Seal is a portable 3D scanner that measures 110mm by 60mm by 35mm. It weighs only 200 grams and measures 110mm by 60mm x 30mm.
Moreover, the 3D scanner’s blue light faces limited interference from environmental factors, making the Seal well-suited to use in a range of indoor and outdoor spaces.
Our Seal 3D Scanner was delivered in good condition, with no damage or missing pieces. The package included the optional add-ons of a telescopic turntable and multi-axis tripod. These components can be purchased online from 3DMakerpro Buy Tickets, which accelerated 3D scanning and enabled 3D imaging in ‘table mode.’
The Seal’s packaging and included accessories. Photos by 3D Printing Industry.
Calibration and setup procedure
3DMakerpro is a software company that develops its own proprietary products. JMStudioUse with the Seal 3D scanner. This software can be downloaded online for free. Here is a link to the article. Apps for IOS and Android JMStudio are also available. These apps allow users to control 3D scans using smartphones and tablets.
JMStudio is a very easy-to-use software, with a straightforward and simple user interface (UI). The software requires minimal manipulation and setup to produce good results. Users can begin 3D scanning immediately after opening the box. Seal automatically connects to JMStudio without any manual calibration.
JMStudio has three modes: Table Scan and Edit Mode. Easy Scan allows users to 3D scan a model freehand, whilst Table Scan employs the turntable and tripod to achieve 360° scans of models from a set angle. Users can align 3D scans and complete meshes in Edit Mode for exporting to OBJ, STL or PLY formats.
The included ‘working distance indicator’The tool highlights the optimal 3D scanner position and object in real time. This tool is particularly useful for achieving optimal 3D scanners and speeding up 3D scanning.
The tutorial that is available upon first loading the software was also impressive. This feature will be very helpful for those who are new to 3D scanning and entry-level users.
JMStudio’s simplicity is not suitable for advanced users. JMStudio could add more mesh cleaning and aligning options, as it is not always clear which scans are automatically aligned.
The JMStudio 3D scanning and user interface screen. Images by 3D Printing Industry
Benchmarking the Seal
Our team used the 3DPI 3D scan benchmarking tile to test the Seal for versatility. This model is characterized by a variety geometric shapes and textures on both sides.
Seal had some minor issues with this benchmarking test. Our team discovered that the Seal 3D scan would lose tracking near to the edge of the tile. This made it difficult to scan the front and back of the 3DPI benchmark at the same time. This could be due to the processing power of your PC. We scanned both the front and back faces of the tile separately.
Seal is a good choice for scanning a wide range of objects, including those with complex geometry. What’s more, the reflective mirror piece, which poses problems for most 3D scanners, was successfully captured by the Seal. The carpet texture as well as the sandpaper were also scanned to an excellent standard.
Other materials such as the tyre or PETG clear were less successful. Most 3D scanning devices struggle to scan transparent material, as there are no defined surfaces for the light reflection.
Seal 3D scan also produced good results with the geometries of the rear of the tile. The underside of the D, I, “square snake”All geometries have been scanned at a high level, with great accuracy and detail.
The 3DPI scan results and tile, including D and I. “square snake” underside geometries. Photo and Images by 3D Printing Industry.
Our team then performed a 3D scan on a cuboid of 15mm x20mm x25mm to determine the accuracy of 3D scanning of the Seal. The results were compared to the known dimensions of a part. The Seal performed very well in this test using the turntable mode. On the X, Z and Y axes the accuracy was 0.02 mm.
3D scanned block of reference. Photos and images by 3D Printing Industry.
Our team has also conducted a variety of application testing to assess real world use cases of the Seal.
To assess the Seal’s ability to 3D scan models with fine details, a 3D printed white statue was scanned. This 3D scan was conducted freehand through JMStudio’s Easy Scan mode.
The results of the scan were impressive, showing high-definition accuracy as well as the 3D printed layers of the model. Two 3D scanning sessions were performed, providing enough data to complete the model successfully. The Seal did no lose tracking during scanning, and JMStudio’s auto-alignment tool worked flawlessly without any complications.
3D printed statue with scanned results. Photos and images by 3D Printing Industry.
The Seal was then tasked with scanning pliers, which is a more difficult object to scan because it contains a mix of rubber and metal materials. After several unsuccessful 3D scanning attempts, we added scanning spray to the metal end to ensure that frames were captured without losing track.
This test showed the limitations of Seal when scanning metal or shiny objects. The 3D scan often created noise fragments by reflecting light, or duplicated the plier’s head. After spraying the metal with a conductive fluid, we were able to achieve accurate and detailed results.
Pliers object 3D scan. Photo and image courtesy of 3D Printing Industry.
We then produced a 3-D scan of a motorbike indicator with transparent plastic and a solid casing in black. This was a good test of the Seal’s ability to 3D scan both transparent and black plastics, and a good showcase of the scanners used for reverse engineering applications. The 3D scans of motorcycle indicators could be used to create alternate designs while maintaining the fitting dimensions and wire-length.
Once again, scanning spray was required as the Seal struggled with both the transparent and black surfaces. The successful scans had limited deformations but also included some noise fragments that could not be removed by JMStudio. The auto-alignment feature also incorrectly fused three scans. This required manual intervention.
Seal showed good dimensional accuracy in this test. The 3D scan possessed a minor discrepancy of -0.053mm, only marginally smaller than the actual object’s dimensions.
Motorcycle indicator object and 3D scanning. Photo and images by 3D Printing Industry.
We then scanned a front suspension component for an e-scooter, which had a complex coil geometries and chrome metal surfaces. The model had to be scanned four more times, with the shiny surfaces requiring spraying. JMStudio often lost track the coil section and the auto-align tool failed to accurately combine the 3D scans.
The final scan failed to separate all of the coils from the center body. The coil pattern, however, was well-received, with only a few noise fragments. The component’s leg-height section was 0.104mm off from the actual object. It was a disappointing outcome, and much larger than the previous 3D scannings.
E-scooter component suspension and 3D scanning results. 3D Printing Industry provided the photos and images.
Seal also scanned a motorcycle handlebar end protector in 3D. This component has a black glossy finish and is made from steel. Ideally, the 3D scan accuracy of this part’s screw threads would be high enough to allow a functional part to be 3D printed.
Scanned using Turntable Mode, the spray was again required to counteract the object’s glossy finish. Unfortunately, the screw threads and Allen key port did not have enough detail to be functional. The model would need to be further processed in a CAD program to make it applicable.
Handle bar and end mount object 3D scan result. Photos and images provided by 3D Printing Industry.
A bicycle derailleur mech with multiple complex and tiny geometries containing was then 3D-scanned. This object is a collection of small springs, jockey wheels and a black-and-silver finish. These small hidden details offer a good test of the Seal’s blue light depth. Spray was applied again on the parts with black, reflective, metallic, or metallic surfaces.
The Seal maintained tracking during the scanning of the derailleur. The parts were scanned as segments. The auto align feature quickly stitched together these 3D images.
The Seal was unable, however, to retrieve frame data for all depths in the part. This meant that the spring could not be identified. This was a problem that could not be overcome, so the results were below average. Moreover, water was required to wash away the spray. This limits the Seal’s applications away from electrical components that cannot be washed.
The 3D scan of the derailleur object. 3D Printing Industry. Photos and images.
Seal also 3D-scanned a broken motorcycle clutch basket with a unique geometrie. 3DMakerpro doesn’t recommend using the Seal with mechanical parts, but this test gives a good insight into how to process larger metallic objects. Spray was required to counteract the parts’ shiny metallic surface.
This part revealed the Seal’s main weaknesses, with the clutch basket arms being duplicated because of its lack of features. Referential markers were added to improve results. Both auto and manual alignment tools had difficulty with this part. We believe JMStudio’s alignment feature would benefit from additional tools, such as cursor-based part manipulation commonly found in other CAD software.
Clutch basket object with 3D scan results. Photo and images by 3D Printing Industry.
A 3D scan was also performed on a Native American clay model. Featuring a range of colors and textures, this model offered a good test of the Seal’s advertised texture mapping, and multi-color capabilities.
Native American sculpture 3D scanned results and 3D printed models. Images by 3D Printing Industry.
We were unable to create a fully textured model using the texture mapping function due to the object size restrictions in JMStudio. It is important to note that the computer’s computational power may have further limited this function, as rendering took a considerable amount of time.
Native American sculptural scans merged together and texture mapping problems. Images by 3D Printing Industry.
3DMakerpro advertises that the Seal is strong in small and medium-sized objects, such as toys or statues.
Seal 3D scanners is a great option for new users. The JMStudio software and setup process are very intuitive. This is a great tool for those who want to learn 3D scanning. However, it has limitations for users who require advanced functionality.
Our testing confirmed 3DMakerpro’s claims that the Seal can produce high quality and accurate results. We successfully achieved 0.02mm accuracy, close to the company’s advertised 0.01mm 3D scanning accuracy.
Although limited for larger objects, the Seal’s texture mapping feature is effective within the software limits. JMStudio can produce impressive results with well-defined textures and colors. This is a great tool for 3D scanning miniatures and small models. Seal is a great tool for hobbyists, toy developers, and gamers.
The Seal was unable to detect metallic surfaces and black objects, which led to the use of dry shampoo to capture the necessary data. This is a common limitation of most 3D scanners. The Seal’s auto-tracking also faced challenges when scanning symmetrical models, while the blue light’s short wavelength struggled to obtain geometrical data behind crevices and overhangs.
JMStudio did not consistently produce accurate scan merges, requiring 3D Printing Industry staff to align manually. This was a tedious process that was not always accurate. We also encountered software bugs and crashes that slowed down the 3D scanning.
Despite these limitations, Seal 3D scanner can produce accurate 3D scans of high quality and reproduce models with complex geometry and fine details. The Seal’s affordability and user-friendly setup make it an accessible option for those new to 3D scanning. What’s more, the Seal is especially well suited to those within the hobbyist market looking to scan, design, and 3D print small-scale models.
Seal 3D scanner specifications
|180 – 200mm
|Size of 3D Scanner
|110mm x 60mm x 35mm
|Output file type
|.obj, .stl, .ply
|Blue light source
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