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.


‎EveryPoint on the App Store (

Easy to use and free to export E57 point cloud files (not mesh models)


Scaniverse website

Easy to use and lots of editing features within the app – will export as mesh or point cloud. Not free – currently £17.99 per year (free 7 day trial). It also has a neat augmented reality view to allow projection of the model into a real space.

3D Scanner App

LidarScanner 3D



This is very useful – and free – however the route to get scans out so they can be processed on the computer is a little involved.

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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