FastSCAN II – Frequently Asked Questions

What objects are suitable for scanning with FastSCAN II?

FastSCAN II is optimized for scanning objects up to a meter in dimension. Organic shapes (like the human body) are particularly suitable for scanning. Due to the sophisticated magnetic tracking technology in the scanner, environments or objects containing ferrous metal are not ideal.

What types of application is FastSCAN II employed for?

FastSCAN II is employed in many different fields, including medical, 3D printing, reverse engineering, archeology and woodworking.

Do fiducial markers need to be attached to the object?

The only item that must be attached to the object being scanned is a reference receiver. This receiver connects via cable to the scanner control box and allows the position and orientation of the handheld scanner (relative to the object being scanned) to be recorded in real time.

Is FastSCAN II portable?

Yes, the FastSCAN II scanner is very easy to transport and set up. The scanner itself can be powered by a USB battery pack using an optional cable. Combining this with a laptop allows scanning to be readily completed without need of mains power.

Can items of interest be marked on the surface while scanning?

Yes, FastSCAN II includes a point laser in addition to the fan beam laser employed for scanning. Points or areas of interest on the object surface can be marked on the scan using this laser. These objects then show in the scan for future reference.

What laser class is FastSCAN II?

FastSCAN is certified as a Class I laser device.

What post-processing software is available?

The FastRBF™ toolkit is an optional software module for FastSCAN. This module uses extremely computationally efficient algorithms to process the scan data and produce a smooth and “water tight” surface, which is critical when creating surfaces of objects for use with milling machines or 3D printers. We also have more sophisticated post processing software available. If you are interested in this, please inquire.