Picture of 3D Scanning using the NextEngine 3D Scanner HD
This instructable gives an introduction to using the NextEngine 3D Scanner HD at MAKlab, Glasgow.

There is a PDF tutorial provided by NextEngine that goes into some detail, but it is a little hard to jump straight into scanning from. This guide will hopefully be more useful as a 'Quick Start'.

The golden rule as ever: SAVE OFTEN!

If anyone would like to edit and enhance this guide, just send me a message on Instructables and I'll add your username to the 'collaborators' list so you can make revisions.

Step 1: Setup and what you need

Picture of Setup and what you need
You will need:
  • Nextengine scanner and turntable (pictured)
  • An object to be scanned.
  • Dust, paint or other surface treatment may be necessary
  • Sticky arrows or other markers for large or complex objects.
Sticky arrows and a dust pen can be found in the cardboard accessories box marked 'NexteEngine 3D Scanner' in MAKlab.
mosix5 months ago


how much did you buy the scanner?

blanca269 months ago

Hi, I have the scanner and I really need to work with it, but I lost the email with the username and password to activate the software, Could you share yours?

I really need to use the scanner and the assistance of the product don't answer me, I will be really gratefull with you!

Thank you!

mtdna1 year ago

Do you have any tips on what to use for a background?

royshearer (author)  mtdna1 year ago
In my experience the depth range that this scanner reads is fairly narrow (a few inches) so you shouldn't need any kind of background, just free space around the object.
Bohemeian1 year ago
Thanks for the walk-through and the info about MeshLab. It took me all of five minutes to realize the NextEngine program's fill function didn't really work.
interesting, how much does one of these scanners go for?
royshearer (author)  amandaghassaei2 years ago