A computer is an indispensable tool when you need to use a handheld 3D scanner to obtain a 3D scan. The scanner is the hardware to capture frames of image. Multiple frames of captured image need to be merged to get a complete 3D point cloud model.

With embedded AI chip, Handysense can capture and processing 3D point cloud. But the capturing and merging require scanning software running on a computer. It’s fair to say the quality of the computer can affect the scan quality, to a great extent.

In order to get a desirable 3D scan, you need to take the following three factors into consideration.

Speed

The scanning speed will be affected by some configurations of the computer, including CPU and RAM. CPU receives data, executes instructions and processes information, and it’s the key determining factor of the processing speed. We recommend a quad-core Intel 2.2 GHz or better, for example i7 or i9, or at least i5. RAM (Random Access Memory) is the short-term working memory for a computer, which temporarily stores data. The scanning software or other programs that are currently running and the open files are all stored in RAM. It can limit the 3D model output speed. As regards 3D data transfer, you need to ensure there are all the necessary ports to connect the 3D scanner.

Image display

The Graphics Card (GPU), or Video Card determines how good images or videos are displayed, in terms of clarity and color. The 3D models are made up of millions of 3D points, which is a substantial amount of data to display.

Storage

3D scan files are fairly large, some can even be up to a few gigabytes. We recommend using external hard drive and transferring the scan files to the drives so as to save space on the computer.

 

The following table shows the recommended computer configs for Handysense, for your reference.