SOL by Scan Dimension


Reproducing an object can be time-consuming, tedious, and error-prone.  The SOL and SOL PRO 3D scanner and software allows you to create a replica of objects easily. Using your preferred printing software, easily scale your scans up or down to meet your needs.  

Simple Steps Using SOL or SOL PRO

  1. Scan the object using the SOL or SOL PRO 3D scanner with the included Creator software.
  2. Review your scan in the Viewer software. 
  3. Export in one of the supported formats: OBJ, STL, XYZ, DAE, and PLY files.
  4. Import your scan into your slicer software (such as Slic3r, Simplify3D, and Cura) for evaluation, and any clean-up required.
  5. Resize or transform your scan as desired.
  6. Print, save, or export to have someone else print it.

See this workflow in action

YouTube: Scan-to-print using Cura

YouTube: Scan-to-print with Meshmixer & Cura

YouTube: Scan-to-print with Meshmixer & Simplify3D

Printing file types

Depending on your printer, you may need to export your scan in a specific file type.  The most common file type for printing is an STL file, but the software supports many more.  
File Format
Background & Usage
STL files describe only the surface geometry of a three-dimensional object without any representation of color, texture, or other common CAD model attributes. The STL format specifies both ASCII and binary representations. Binary files are more common since they are more compact.  (Learn More)
OBJ An OBJ file is a standard 3D image format that can be exported and opened by various 3D image editing programs. It contains a three-dimensional object including 3D coordinates, texture maps, polygonal faces, and other object information.  The OBJ format is widely considered to be a universal format for 3D image editing applications. The OBJ file commonly contains references to one or more .MTL files, which contains surface shading material.  (Learn More)
PLY PLY is a computer file format known as the Polygon File Format or the Stanford Triangle Format. It was principally designed to store three-dimensional data from 3D scanners. The data storage format supports a relatively simple description of a single object as a list of nominally flat polygons. A variety of properties can be stored, including color and transparency, surface normals, texture coordinates and data confidence values. The format permits one to have different properties for the front and back of a polygon. (Learn More)
DAE 3D interchange file format used for exchanging digital assets between multiple graphics programs; based on the COLLADA (COLLAborative Design Activity) XML schema, which is now owned and developed by Autodesk.
XYZ The XYZ file format is a chemical file format. There is no formal standard and several variations exist.  The file format is used in computational chemistry programs for importing and exporting geometries.


The slicer, also called slicing software, is computer software used in the majority of 3D printing processes for the conversion of a 3D object model to specific instructions for the printer. In particular, the conversion from a model in STL format to printer commands in g-code format in fused filament fabrication and other similar processes.  Below are some of the more common slicer software options used.
Suited for: 3D printing beginners and semi-pros
Where can I get it?: On the Cura webpage.
Price: Free
OS: Windows, Mac, Linux
Suited for: 3D printing experts and pros. Newcomers will find this 3D slicer software intimidating thanks to “feature overload”.
Where can I get it?: One the Slic3r webpage.
Price: Free
OS: Windows, Mac, Linux
Suited for: Intermediate and advanced users want to stay in control of their equipment.
Where can I get it?: On the OctoPrint webpage.
Price: Free
OS: Raspberry Pi, Windows, Mac, Linux
Suited for: everyone who wants to get quality prints. Though there‘s a basic mode, you should have some experience with a 3D printer, though.
Where can I get it?: On the Simplify3D webpage.
Price: $150 for a 2-computers license.
OS: Windows, Mac
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Explore workflows

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