SOL by Scan Dimension


Reproducing an object can be time-consuming, tedious, and error-prone. The SOL and SOL PRO 3D scanners and software allow 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 and 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.



    Slicing software is used in the majority of 3D printing processes. Below are some of the more common slicer options.

    Suited for: 3D printing beginners and semi-pros
    Where can I get it?: Cura webpage.
    Price: Free
    OS: Windows, Mac, Linux
    Suited for: 3D printing experts and pros. Newcomers may find this 3D slicer software intimidating thanks to “feature overload”.
    Where can I get it?: Slic3r webpage.
    Price: Free
    OS: Windows, Mac, Linux
    Suited for: Intermediate and advanced users who want to stay in control of their equipment.
    Where can I get it?: OctoPrint webpage.
    Price: Free
    OS: Raspberry Pi, Windows, Mac, Linux
    Suited for: Anyone who wants quality 3D prints. Although there is a basic mode, most users would need to have some experience with 3D printing.
    Where can I get it?: Simplify3D webpage.
    Price: See the current price on their website.
    OS: Windows, Mac
    Additional information is available at:
    Reviews of 3D printing services are available at All3DP:
    Best 3D Printing Services – Buyer’s Guide


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