Thor3D Drake Scanner Review

Imagine being able to quickly scan almost any 3D object with a device the size of a large book, no power required and weighing about 2 kg. This is no longer an imagination thanks to the new Drake wireless 3D scanner.

Thor3D Drake is a small, handheld wireless 3D scanner manufactured by the Russian company, Thor3D.

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Thor3D Drake 3D Scanner Review

The Thor3D Drake is a handheld 3D scanner that can scan any objects ranging in size from 1 cm to 8 m. After scanning, the captured data can then be transferred to a computer using Wi-Fi or USB for further editing, before being 3D printed.

The wireless handheld 3D scanner can be used anywhere – indoors, on the road, on the street, and even in space, thanks to its rechargeable, replaceable battery.

The 3D scanner is powered by a computer system with multi-core processor and a high-definition 7-inch sensor-display. Through the display, you can observe image scan results in real time during the scanning process. The scanner’s battery can last 90 minutes of continuous use. This is enough time for you to scan any item.

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Thor3D scanner uses special algorithms and patented mathematical formulas to easily capture scan images of even the most challenging surfaces.

Drake Lenses: From Coins to Plane

Thor3D Scanner has removable lenses that can be interchanged depending on the object you want to scan. The three interchangeable lenses are:

  • Drake Mini. This lens is designed for digitizing the the smallest objects (from  0.5-1 cm). With this lens, you get the maximum resolution (up to 0.15 mm) when scanning small objects and an accuracy level of 40 microns.
  • Drake Midi.  This lens is designed for scanning medium-sized objects up to 1 m long, e.g., the parts of the human body. The lens has a maximum accuracy of 70 microns.
  • Drake Maxi. With this lens, you can quickly scan any object measuring up to 8 m (e.g. a person). The lens has and accuracy of up to 150 microns and offers the maximum field and depth of view.

Check the video below to see the 3D scanner in action:

Two Scan Modes

The Thor3D Drake has two scanning modes, i.e., with and without markers.

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3D scanning with markers

3D scanning with markers allow you to digitize any object, including those with complex geometry, with incredible accuracy.

Using markers when 3D scanning is beneficial for various reasons. To begin, the “marks” prevent the device from losing orientation during the scanning process. This helps to make the scanning process faster.

Moreover, the markers help to prevent geometric inaccuracies and provide guaranteed reliable operation of algorithms. The end result is an extremely accurate 3D printed model.

Scanning without markers

Scanning without markers is recommended for projects where accuracy is not critical. For example, very large objects are scanned in this way for their further transformation into many times smaller mini-models. In addition, without markers, a person and objects with a lot of geometry are scanned.

Thor3D Suit

The creators of Drake have made sure that working with a 3D scanner is as simple and productive as possible. That is why, by default, each device is equipped with a set of specialized software Thor3D Suit, which includes two programs at once.

Firmware

The first program is built into the scanner itself and automatically starts every time the device is turned on. The purpose of this software is to collect 3D data as quickly and easily as possible. It is thanks to the built-in program that the user has the ability to control the process using the touch screen. Despite the fact that the software provides only a few buttons and settings, such a seemingly “simplified” interface allows you to achieve, without exaggeration, brilliant results in the process of digitizing.

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Among the useful functions of the built-in software are starting and stopping the scanning process, deleting unnecessary files from the hard disk, entering the preview mode, choosing a mode for working with or without markers, flexible adjustment of texture brightness and noise suppression level. Advanced users can adjust the sensitivity as they see fit, depending on the brightness of the ambient light.

The installed program

Software installed on a computer or laptop has even more amazing capabilities. The main task of Thor3D Suit is to edit and finalize the model after transferring files. A big plus here is that the program works in two modes and is designed for both relative beginners and sophisticated users.

  • Simple mode is only 4 buttons that will not allow an inexperienced user to get confused in complex settings. The mod is recommended to be used in cases when in the process of work it is planned to digitize a large number of objects of the same type for subsequent printing on a 3D printer. In this case, it is enough to configure all the parameters once and then start the process with one button when importing a three-dimensional model from the scanner. Editing and finalization is done automatically.
  • The Advanced (Advanced) mode opens up much more extensive possibilities and is designed specifically for the true 3D printing fanatic. In particular, using a professional mod, you can combine digitized frames, work with textures, minimize noise, and simplify the model. If necessary, the built-in tools will make it easy to get rid of unnecessary geometry elements, soften geometry in certain areas or throughout the model as a whole, adjust the sharpness or remove markers from the scan. Other super-features of the program include filling holes on any surface, creating sealed models, and exporting in 4 popular formats.

Thor3D Suit software is available in 6 languages. A nice bonus is the unlimited number of licenses.

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