Source: Geomagic Capture User Guide

Scanning Options

A. View Window

Displays current camera view. This view can be changed by Scanner Tabs or Camera View Switch.

B. Scanner Tab

Allows users to switch each scanner's camera view. If multiple scanners are connected to the application, these tabs will be displayed at the bottom of the view window.

C. Camera View Switch

Allows users to switch between the side of camera view. It is useful when users check the right side or the left side of cameras in each connected scanner before scanning the part.

D. Starting Position of Rotational Scanning

Indicates the starting point of rotational scanning (from 0 to 360 rotational degrees)

E. Scanning Buttons 

Starts the scanning. This button is available after the Geomagic Capture 3D scanner is connected to the application. When a turntable is connected and while the number of scans are being adjusted within the Turntable Dialog, the small triangles will be displayed around the Scan button according to the specified number of divisions. When the scanning is started, a blue rounded line will be dynamically displayed around the Scan button, and indicates where on a part a scanner is facing in 360 rotational degrees, as well as how many times a scan was performed.

F. Capturing Options

Options in this group allow users to manage their working environment and scan an object with optimal results. There are six options:

Easy Scan:

Automatically determines the best exposure settings then captures an object. Note: HDR is used during the capturing process if necessary.


Scans multiple times at varying levels of exposures in order to capture large contrast variances for scanned objects. Useful for objects with dark and light areas.

High Sensitivity:

Special capturing option which allows for capturing of difficult-to-scan noisy surfaces, such as hair.

Reduce Noise:

Minimizes waves or ripples that may be caused by tiny movements or ambient vibrations during a capture process.

Last Scan:

Displays the last set of scans created.

Delete Last Scan:

Deletes the last scan data created.

G. Exposure Settings

Allows users to adjust an exposure value. A scan that shows a lot of red is over-exposed, and a scan that shows a lot of blue and black is under-exposed. An optimal scan has a good balance, and several "high spots" of exposure.

Note: Scan quality can vary by the following factors:

Environmental Conditions:

Light and vibration can cause inaccuracies. Ensure the system is stable and the exposure is set to the conditions.

Stability of the scanner and the object

If either the scanner or the object move during the scan, the data will be inaccurate. Ensure both are stable and secure.

Shape and size of the object:

If the part you scan has limited features, you must use target markers or spheres to align the data.

H. Turntable Settings

Allows users to adjust the number of scan divisions in 360 rotational degrees.

Note: More scans will result in better coverage, but setting this value too high may result in a lot of excess data, which will only serve to slow down scanning and post-processing operations. 6 to 12 scans are recommended. The number of scans can be adjusted up to 16. 

I. Status Bar

Shows the current working status of the scanner.

J. Settings

Goes to the settings menu.

K. Help

Shows the help document.