Pair of new scanners from peel 3d get smaller and smarter


3D scanner manufacturer peel 3d has recently launched two new handheld scanners, the peel 2-S and peel 2 CAD-S, designed for scanning many different surfaces and materials including metal castings, clay models, ceramic and porcelain, and plastics.

Both new scanners are based on the same technology as peel 3d’s previous models, the peel 2 & peel 2 CAD, but the new scanners have been optimized to scan smaller parts. While the peel 2 iterations were built with a scanning area of 15in x 15in, designed to scan parts measuring 1 to 10 feet, the two new scanners have narrowed their focus for small parts. Both featuring a 5.6in x 4.3in scanning area, the new scanners are best suited for smaller parts measuring between 2 to 20 inches.

Because peel 3d’s scanners are powered by Creaform, the similarities in appearance between peel 3D and Creaform scanners aren’t a coincidence. According to Francois Leclerc, Head of peel 3d initiative, all peel 3D scanners “are made at the same place [as the Creaform scanners], but the project is handled separately”.

“Plug and play” solution for small scale scanning

Developed for design & styling, art, heritage preservation, human body scanning, and more, the peel 2-S and CAD-S can handle many different surfaces and materials including metal castings, clay models, ceramic and porcelain, and plastics.

The new 2-S and CAD-S scanners are designed to be easy-to-use, plug-and-play solutions. By connecting them to a computer through a USB connection, and opening peel 3d’s software, users can start scanning right away in real-time. After a scan is complete, if something is missing from the already generated 3D model, users can simply use the scanner to scan that missing part without the need to rescan the whole model.

In addition, peel 3d’s software enables users to change the 3D model’s resolution even after scanning it. It can also merge different scanned models from different peel 3d scanners into the same project and export the resulting project to any CAD software.

Comparing the two, the CAD-S is the more expensive option ($9,890.00 vs $7,890.00) since it features an improved 0.0036 in/ft volumetric accuracy against 2-S’ 0.006 in/ft. Moreover, peel 3d also recommends the CAD-S over the 2-S for reverse engineering projects.

“Many of our customers around the globe were asking us for a professional-grade and cost-effective 3D scanner that could tackle trickier small parts and intricate parts,” Leclerc stated.

“This new solution, which is joined by the CAD model for reverse engineering applications, is the perfect complement to peel 2. peel 3d now covers the entire spectrum of part sizes, which is an important advantage for our customer base.”

The peel 2-S and CAD-S are available for purchase now, and come in a rugged transportation case with everything you need, including a calibration certificate.

“Professional-grade 3D scanners (and up) will provide better accuracy, resolution and scan quality in general,” Leclerc told ANIWAA in 2019.

“It is possible to work with medium (or even low quality) 3D scans when doing reverse engineering for instance but it takes longer. Poorly detailed or missing areas have to be designed “from scratch”; although not impossible, this takes time (and ultimately time is money…). Accuracy is also an important aspect to consider. If a reference is too far off, the manufactured component simply will not fit and will require re-works and additional iterations, which again costs time and money. This is the main difference between a scanner worth $500, $5,000, or $50,000.”


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João Antunes

IT and videogames are João's topics of interest since a very early age. Videogames, the Internet, game consoles and computers became his normal toys, as result of being the son of a journalist writing about the infancy of the Web, the games industry and hardware in general. Small game reviews published on the first Portuguese computer games magazine, back in the early 2000s ignited a passion – writing - he now pursues, along with his other interests: programming, web designing and hardware. Technology in general makes him tick.


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