Apps for 3D Activities

The advanced features of portable devices make them excellent tools for scanning / presenting 3D data. The latest Apple devices can utilise their face recognition – TrueDepth – feature and the Lidar capability to achieve very useful results. Here are some Apps to try out if you have a suitable Apple device.


iOS – with TrueDepth (face recognition) Camera Technology

These apps are a little awkward in that they use the front facing camera to 3D scan – which means the phone needs to be held backwards making it tricky to see what is being captured. The scan resolution is good and works well for smaller objects.

Cyborg Capture

  • Free ( requires sign up)
  • Number of scans that can be saved out is limited per month
  • Cyborg Capture


iOS Device with Lidar

The Lidar sensor has a range of about 2 metres so these apps are not suitable for scanning buildings where the height goes above this. The results are perhaps not precise enough for exact work but it is a quick way of capturing a room and contents.

3D Scanner App

LidarScanner 3D



Augmented Reality

Where a 3d object is superimposed onto or into a real space so you have a live view via the device’s screen

Reality composer by Apple

Adobe Aero



  • an essential App for showing off your 3d work.
  • free for uploads below 50mb
  • features a VR mode to support the phone being loaded into a headset for an immersive view

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