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The 8 best 3D body scanners in 2020


3D body scanners are a modern and popular way to precisely acquire body measurements and features. Results can be used for rig animation, for fitness or healthcare follow-ups, and even in the fashion retail industry for virtual fitting rooms. This guide lists the best body scanners available this year.
In our last update, we updated our selection, removing outdated products and including recent releases from Texel and Mantis Vision, going from a top 10 to a top 8 list.

What is a 3D body scanner?

3D body scanners are designed to capture your full body in 3D. The result is a 3D model (also called 3D avatar) of your exact body shape with accurate data such as body measurements, posture analysis, textures, …

Originally developed for the fashion industry as fast and accurate 3D measurement solutions, 3D body scanners are now used in various other fields such as healthcare, 3D figurines and 3D photos, fitness, and entertainment.

We’ve selected some of the best body 3D scanners available and listed them here in this guide. The list focuses on 3D scanning systems that are exclusively designed for 3D body scanning (no handheld 3D scanners).

Texel 3D body scanning at an event

A Texel 3D body scanner being used to attract customers at an event.

 



Best 3D body scanners 2020: our selection

3D body scannerMain applicationsCountryPrice*Buy
Texel Portal MXEvents, Animation, 3D printingRussia$26,000Buy
Texel Portal BXEvents, Animation, 3D printingRussia$31,000Buy
Mantis Vision 3ioskVirtual reality, Events, FashionIsrael$30,000Quote
[TC]² TC2-21BFashion, Virtual fittingUnited States$30,000Quote
botspot botscan NEOAnimation, Virtual reality, HealthcareGermany$20,000Quote
Size Stream SS20 3D Body ScannerFashion, FitnessUnited States$15,000Quote
TG3D Studio Scanatic 360 Body ScannerFashion, Virtual fittingTaiwan$15,000Quote
Fit3D ProscannerFitness, HealthcareUnited States$10,000Quote
This table represents our selection of some of the best 3D body scanners available this year.

*Price: May vary over time and/or from one country to another (taxes, shipping, etc.).

Overview of the best 3D full body scanners

Texel Portal MX

  • Technology: Photogrammetry
  • Price: $25,000
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The Texel MX can be used for the entertainment and advertising industry, for medical applications, and even as a digital fitting room.

It takes the Texel MX 30 seconds to perform a full 3D body scan, and just 60 seconds to create a digital 3D model with automatic rigging. As with the BX version, results can be directly used for 3D printing or 3D animation.

More information: Texel Portal MX

Texel Portal BX

  • Technology: Photogrammetry
  • Price: $31,000
Buy
Based in Russia, Texel (or Texel Graphics) is one of the leading manufacturers of 3D body scanners. Their solutions are suitable for a wide range of applications and can be customized for specific events, stores, or environments.

The BX is able to scan up to 40 people per hour and comes with a registration tablet for users to input their names and email address. 3D avatars are directly sent to their inbox and can be shared via social media.

More information: Texel Portal BX

Mantis Vision 3iosk

  • Technology: Photogrammetry
  • Price: $30,000
Mantis Vision is a professional 3D scanner manufacturer from Israel that we’ve featured before, namely in our handheld 3D scanner guide.

Their body 3D scanning solution, also called 3D capture booth, is able to generate full 3D body scans but also dynamic 3D videos. The 3iosk is based on proprietary technology and VoCams (Volumetric Cameras).

More information: Mantis Vision 3iosk

TC2 Labs TC2-21B

  • Technology: Photogrammetry
  • Price: $30,000
The TC2 Labs TC2-21B is able to scan people in 1 second and to extract data in just 9 seconds, which includes avatar creation. It comes with a changing area, and it’s possible to opt for an integrated touchscreen in order to allow for self-service.

More information: TC2 Labs TC2-21B

botspot botscan NEO

  • Technology: Photogrammetry
  • Price: $20,000
The botscan NEO by German manufacturer botspot features a modular design and is customizable. This system uses a combination of structured light and photogrammetry to provide accurate and colored meshes.

For an easy user experience, the NEO comes with an intuitive mobile app. Its maximum scanning volume capacity is 1000 x 1000 x 2000mm.

More information: botspot botscan NEO



Size Stream SS20 3D Body Scanner

  • Technology: Structured light
  • Price: $15,000
The Size Stream SS20 3D body scanner is a versatile full body measurement system, designed to capture thousands of data points to create a 3D model of a person’s body. This 3D body scanning booth is primarily designed for 3D measurement to create custom clothing.

The Size Stream body scanner can also be used for 3D printing, measurement tracking, size surveys, and healthcare and fitness applications.

More information: Size Stream SS20 3D Body Scanner

TG3D Studio Scanatic 360 Body Scanner

  • Technology: Photogrammetry
  • Price: $15,000
The Scanatic 360 Body Scanner by TG3D is designed for the fashion industry. It is lightweight and easy to move, and can be fully integrated within a fitting room. Scans take 3 seconds, and measurement points are available in 30 seconds.

TG3D develops software and applications that are tailored for the clothing industry.

More information: TG3D Studio Scanatic 360 Body Scanner

The proscanner by fit 3D is a great full body 3D scanner to help people achieve weight loss.

Fit3D Proscanner

  • Technology: Structured light
  • Price: $10,000
The Fit3D Proscanner is a 3D body scanner for fitness and healthcare applications. It’s designed to provide a comprehensive wellness assessment based on a detailed 3D body capture.

This body scanning system is mainly used in gyms, health clubs, and fitness studios. The Fit3D Proscanner is able to accurately 3D scan a person in 40 seconds and to provide a posture analysis as well as a body shape wellness score.

More information: Fit3D Proscanner

3D body scanning applications

3D printed figurines and 3D photo

Also known as 3D selfies or 3D portraits, these miniature figurines of people are typically 3D printed from a 3D body scan. If you want to learn more about this application, you can visit our article dedicated to 3D printed figurines.

Here are a few 3D body scanner options that are designed for 3D figurines:

The 3D body scanners are often used to create 3D printed figurines as they are very fast and accurate.

Fitness and personal health

Fitness body scanners

Body scanners can be used in fitness clubs, gyms, and healthcare facilities. Fitness body scanners allow you to track the evolution of a person’s body through various 3D measurements such as body shape and posture.

Visualizing these evolutions on a 3D avatar is a strong motivational boost which can help increase gym members’ engagement and improve patient recovery processes.

Home body scanners

These 3D body scanners are consumer appliances made to monitor personal health and body shape as well as posture evolution, among other data points. Home body scanners usually have a 360° rotating platform on which the user stands.

These 3D body scanners typically work with a smartphone app acting as a personal trainer, so users can track all their data and reach their fitness goals easily.

Fashion and apparel: made-to-measure clothing

The fashion and apparel industry was among the first to embrace 3D body scanning for several applications:

  • Fast and accurate 3D measurements
  • Made-to-measure clothing (custom clothing)
  • Highly personalized recommendations
  • Measurement surveys and anthropometric characterization
  • Virtual fitting rooms

Users can obtain their own 3D avatar of themselves on their smartphone and use it to see how clothes fit without having to physically try them on.

This is as useful for luxury, tailored clothing as it is for retail and e-commerce.

3D body scanning is getting big on fashion as it help make custom clothes.

Healthcare

Healthcare and medical sectors are filled with opportunities for 3D body scanning. From monitoring body shape and posture during a pregnancy, to making custom 3D printed prosthetics and more, body scanners are increasingly used for use in the medical field.

Body scanning can also be used to accurately monitor skin recovery in the case of burns or to detect skin diseases at an early stage, thanks to specific 3D imaging systems.



How do 3D body scanners work?

To obtain a full body scan, the person holds a pose for a few seconds, which is the time it takes for the 3D scanner to capture images from all angles. The 3D software then reconstructs the final 3D model of the body by “stitching” all of the images together, generating a highly detailed 3D model. Models can have colors and textures depending on the type of body scanner that’s used.

During the 3D capture process, the subject can either stand on a rotating turntable facing a fixed 3D body scanner, or stand still while the sensors located all around the body scanning booth capture images from all angles.

Closed 3D body scanning booth (or body scanning cabin)

A body scanning booth is a closed cabin that is rigged with cameras or 3D scanners. These full body 3D scanners look a bit like regular fitting rooms.

Full body scanner with rotating platform or turntable

To use these body scanners, the person stands on a rotating table facing a 3D body scanner, typically a vertical unit. During the scanning process, the turntable rotates 360°, allowing the subject to be captured from all angles. The 3D model is generated once the full rotation is complete.







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Martin Lansard

Martin Lansard is Aniwaa’s CEO and co-founder. Based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, he manages the team and operations while overseeing the company’s strategy and growth. Highly organized and methodical, he makes sure to infuse these qualities throughout the company. Martin studied Management at EDHEC Business School and Loyola Marymount University in California. In 2008, he joined Google in Ireland then moved to New York 2 years later to join the company’s Marketing department. After working for 5 years at the tech giant, Martin chose to dedicate himself full-time to Aniwaa.