3D scanners and importing to CAD software

Is it possible to import a 3D scan into the software ie, scanning an existing with a hand held scan of an existing object.

I am new to CNC and its software capabilities, dont have a machine yet but very interested in getting involved

the file type that is created is *.STL

Yes, but not into Carbide Create — MeshCAM accepts .stl — discussion of file formats here: http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/File_formats

do you have any idea what the license cost and is it compatible with iOS? I can not find spec on the website… (Im a man, I cant find anything in the kitchen either)

I’m not aware of any CAM programs which work on iOS. The lack of access to the filesystem makes that rather difficult to manage, unless one has an end-to-end integrated solution.

A version of MeshCAM is bundled w/ the Nomad 883 Pro — it runs on Windows and Mac OS X (I believe it works in Linux using WINE) and is available separately here: http://www.grzsoftware.com/ — $250.00 it also goes on sale at CNC Cookbook fairly often.

List of free / opensource CAM options here: http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/CAM — some of the 3D options accept a .stl

Thank you very much for the information, are you an employee or just a really smart enthusist ?

Please be aware that scanned data is often very, very noisy and often requires a considerable amount of time to clean up the data and obtain a usable STL file.

This was discussed here:

and you can see postings from people who have used 3D scanner extensively.


I’m just a volunteer who occasionally does a bit of freelance work, either for a machine (got a free Shapeoko 2 for doing the instructions: http://shapeoko.github.io/Docs/ ) or the occasional bit of pay (and got an SO3 as a thank you, and should be getting an XL upgrade to test). Member of Team Shapeoko: http://www.shapeoko.com/team.php