The decision to purchase your own 3D scanner versus using a 3D scanning service company requires many considerations. First, decide how much scanning you’ll be doing annually. Do you have enough work to justify retaining a full-time scan technician? Your scan tech will need to stay updated on the technology as it changes and applies to your projects. If you have a project with a large number of characters to scan, will a single system provide you enough support to complete the project? Do you have a back-up plan in the event of an equipment malfunction?
If you choose to use a 3D scanning company to meet your needs, make an informed decision. Does your 3D scanning company encourage scanning in a single session in order to keep costs down? Have they told you how much time they will need to complete the scan? If your project is large and will span out over a few days, communication and scheduling are critical. When possible, ask for a preview of the raw scan data to ensure that the scanning process is thoroughly meeting your production requirements.
The bottom line is that scanning should be a pleasant experience for all. It should also be a productive tool that helps keep the project on time and on budget.
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