The best 3D scanner in 2024

Quick list

Woman holding a ZEISS T-SCAN Hawk

(Image credit: Zeiss)

Our top picks
1. Best overall: Creality Lizard
2. Best budget: Creality Ferret
3. Best for artists: SOL 3D Scanner
4. Best for travel: Matter and Form
5. Best for education: Afinia
6. Best open source: HE3D Ciclop
How to choose
How we test

The best 3D scanner allows you to quickly scan a real-world object, then turn it into a digital model. You can then turn that digital model into a work of art, animate it, analyse it scientifically, or recreate it as a physical model using one of the best 3D printers. With so many uses, 3D scanners are commonly found in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, entertainment, archaeology and art. 

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook