[Updated on April 12, 2018]
In most cases, you won’t need to spray an object before 3D scanning (thanks to the Sensitivity feature!). Nevertheless, it’s useful to know which sprays our Partners and customers use when an object surface is too shiny, too transparent or otherwise difficult to capture. This article offers you guidelines for choosing a spray.
Important note: always observe safety precautions before applying a spray.
Helling 3D Laserscanning Anti-Glare Spray
- Company: Helling GMBH. Visit https://3dscanspray.com/, for example, to purchase this spray
- Feature: may be the most frequently used and recognizable option :) Almost every time we hear about customers using a spray, they mention Helling.
- Note: requires manual removal after 3D scanning
Cyclododecane Spray (link)
- Company: Kremer Pigmente (http://kremer-pigmente.de/en)
- Feature: evaporates from an object within several hours of application
- Note: apply with care to avoid “snowflake effect” on the surface (doing so is critical if the object has small geometry features you’d like to capture)
Below are some results for a skull that was fully covered with Cyclododecane spray. Note that the applied layer was intentionally thick, since the goal was to calculate the maximum time required for the spray to evaporate.
- Photo 1: 0 hours after applying the spray
- Photo 2: 3 hours after application
- Photo 3: 20 hours after application
Artec Gold Partner Patrick Thorn shared another picture (a hi-res version is available at the end of the article):
Krylon Dulling Spray (link)
- Company: Krylon
- Feature: originally recommended to us by a U.S. customer; it leaves the texture almost unchanged from the original while removing “shininess” and adding an antireflection coating over the surface
Kenro Kenair AntiReflect Full Matt Spray (link)
- Company: Kenro
- Feature: eature: an analog of Krylon, tested and recommended by our Gold Partner Antonius Köster
Gold Bond No Mess Spray Powder Fresh (link)
- Company: Gold Bont
- Feature: besides the fact that technically it's a foot spray, this one is truly amazing: it's evenly and easily applicable
Below is a list of other ideas based on advice from Artec Partners and members of the 3D scanning community.
Spray based powders:
- Magnaflux SKD-S2 Developer Spray
- Rocol Leak & Flaw Detector Spray, Developer
- Ambersil Leak & Flaw Detector Spray, Developer
- Ardrox NQ1 Developer Spray
- CRC 20790-AJ Testing Material Crick 130 500 ml
- Krylon 5894 Marking Chalk White
Matte primer paints:
- HYCOTE XUK610 Plastic Primer Aerosol Spray Paint
- Halfords Plastic Primer Spray Grey 300ML
Unusual but helpful and easy-to-find alternatives:
- Dry shampoo / wig spray (for example, Demert Wig & Weave Dry Shampoo)
- Deodorant powder sprays (for example, Arm & Hammer Easy Spray foot deodorant)
- Any talcum powder
- Any water-based paint, if applicable
- Cermark laser-marking spray (rinses away with water)
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