3D scanning with Windows 10

Microsoft, Windows, and partners make it possible to capture the world around you in 3D.
Photo demonstrating how to scan with Kinect

Scan with Kinect

The new 3D Scan app allows you to scan an object while holding Kinect in your hands. For best results, either rotate around the object you are scanning and turn the handheld mode on, or use a turntable. If you use a turntable, put Kinect on a tripod and turn the handheld mode off.

We look forward to seeing what you can do with these awesome new tools. Send us an email and share your projects with us at ask3dprint@microsoft.com.

Xbox One adaptor

Do you have an Xbox One with a Kinect v2 sensor? You can purchase an adaptor from the Microsoft Store and start 3D scanning!

Photo of Kinect adaptor
Minimum requirements
  • 64-bit (x64) processor
  • Dual-core 3.1 GHz (2 logical cores per physical) or faster processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Nvidia CUDA graphic card or a Kinect Fusion compatible GPU
  • A compatible USB 3.0 port (Intel or Renesas chipset)

Download and run the Kinect Configuration Verifier tool to check your system configuration.

See Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 System Requirements for a detailed list of supported graphics adapters.

For more information on USB 3.0 requirements, see the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 Getting Started guide.

Tips for best scanning results

The quality of a scan is affected by 3 major factors:

  • GPU quality: A high-end GPU allows for higher frame-rates and produces better scans. For optimal results use 20 frames per second (fps) or higher.
  • Lighting quality: A setting without any visible shadows produces the best results. The colors are better with more diffused light.
  • Background distance: The distance between the background and the object to be scanned should be maximized. This avoids having artifacts from the background inadvertently captured by the sensor. Additionally, a non-reflective background is better as reflection can create noise around the scan.
  • Optimal sensor to object distance is around 3 ft (one arm’s length away).

Import pictures in 3D Builder

Example of a drawing rendered in 3D

The latest version of the 3D Builder app includes a new Image Import feature that allows you to load photos, drawings, charts, and more from your PC and extrude them as 3D content. Changes to model settings render in real-time so you can play with it until you get what you want.

Print your 3D object

Example of a drawing rendered in 3D

With the help of Microsoft’s 3D hardware partners and the HP Sprout, Windows 10 brings you a full end-to-end 3D ecosystem. Now anyone can grab an object from the physical world, manipulate it using 3D Builder, and bring it to life. Learn more about the HP Sprout

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