Scaniverse Support

3D Gaussian Splatting Tutorial

A tutorial on the new Gaussian Splatting features in Scaniverse

Mesh Tutorial

An overview on how to use Scaniverse with meshes.

Scanning Tips

Here are a few tips to help you produce high-quality scans

  1. Plan ahead to decide how you’ll move around the object or area that you want to scan. Make sure you have a clear path with as few obstructions as possible.

  2. Decide whether to capture a Splat or a Mesh – splats are photorealistic 3D scenes that extend out to infinity. Meshes are made of textured polygons that can be edited easily and used with a wide variety of 3D tools.

  3. When capturing a mesh, select a scan size (small, medium, large) that matches the scale of what you’re scanning. This will set the range of the scanner so you can avoid capturing extra content in the background.

  4. Move smoothly. Avoid turning suddenly or bumping your iPhone or iPad. This will improve tracking accuracy and reduce motion blur.

  5. Make sure your scene is well-lit. If you have to scan in a darker setting, it’s even more important to move slowly and smoothly.

  6. You can temporarily pause a scan by pressing the pause button that appears to the right of the record button while scanning. Press it a second time to resume scanning.

  7. After processing your scan, use the crop tool (press Edit > Crop) to trim out unwanted areas (meshes only). See the tutorial video above for an example.

General FAQ

You'll find answers to frequently asked questions below.

Scaniverse supports all iPhones from 2018 and later:

  • iPhone 15 (all variants)
  • iPhone 14 (all variants)
  • iPhone 13 (all variants)
  • iPhone 12 (all variants)
  • iPhone 11 (all variants)
  • iPhone XR / XS / XS Max
  • iPhone SE (2nd and 3rd generation)

And all iPads with an A12 processor or later:

  • iPad (8th generation and later)
  • iPad Air (4th generation and later)
  • iPad Mini (5th generation and later)
  • iPad Pro 12.9" (3rd generation and later)
  • iPad Pro 11" (all generations)

Note: At the moment, some older devices do not support creating gaussian splats. However, they can use the LiDAR and photogrammetry modes of Scaniverse and can also view splats created by others. See the Gaussian Splatting FAQ below for a compatibility list for this feature.

Scaniverse supports Android devices with the following minimum system requirements:

  • Android 7.0 (Nougat) or later
  • At least 4 GB of RAM
  • ARCore with Depth API (more info)

Please note that there is a large variety of Android devices in the market, and you may experience longer processing times on some devices.

No. We now support all recent iPhones and iPads, as well as most recent Android devices, including those without LiDAR. For a complete list of supported devices, please see above.

All features from the iOS version of Scaniverse are supported on Android except:

  • Measurement
  • Texture editing
  • Video export
  • USDZ and LAS export

We are currently working on these, and they will be available in the coming months.

You can crop your scan. After processing and saving the scan, press the Edit button, then Crop. Drag the circles at the corners of the box to set the region you want to keep. Everything else will be removed. Press the buttons at the top of the screen to crop from different sides. Cropping is non-destructive, so you can undo the crop later if you change your mind.

Scaniverse can export meshes in the following formats: FBX, OBJ, GLB, USDZ, and STL. It can also export point clouds to: PLY and LAS.

Yes! Capture and process your scan. Then select ShareExport ModelPLY. You can email or AirDrop the scan to yourself, or save the scan to a shared drive. We currently support exporting to the PLY and LAS formats, and plan on adding E57 in the future. Please refer to this video for more information.

All capture and processing is done entirely on-device. No scan data leaves your device unless you choose to share it using one of the options in the Share menu.

Scaniverse is free! As of August 10, 2021, all Scaniverse features are free for everyone. Learn more here.

Gaussian Splatting FAQ

Answers for the new 3D Gaussian Splatting feature.

Gaussian splatting is a new 3D reconstruction technique that allows for high detail and accurate representation of lighting, transparency, and reflection. It starts by reconstructing a point cloud from a set of input images. These points are converted to gaussians, each represented by its position, orientation, scale, opacity and color. The gaussians are optimized to fit the input images, resulting in a model that can accurately represent the appearance of the scene from all viewing angles.

For the first time ever with Scaniverse, Gaussian splatting is available directly on your mobile device, without any server processing. This means that your scans will look more stunning and life-like than before - and you can do it all from your phone.

Gaussian splatting is currently available on the iPhone 11 and later as well as recent iPads (see list below). It is also available on all Android devices that support Scaniverse. Supported iPhones:

  • iPhone 15 (all variants)
  • iPhone 14 (all variants)
  • iPhone 13 (all variants)
  • iPhone 12 (all variants)
  • iPhone 11 (all variants)
  • iPhone SE (2nd and 3rd generation)

Supported iPads:

  • iPad (9th generation and later)
  • iPad Pro 12.9" (5th generation and later)
  • iPad Pro 11" (3rd generation and later)
  • iPad Air (4th generation and later)
  • iPad Mini (6th generation and later)

Supported Android Device Requirements:

  • Android 7.0 (Nougat) or later
  • At least 4 GB of RAM
  • ARCore with Depth API (more info)

Simply download the Scaniverse app, click on the red New Scan button, and select Splat. Follow the instructions on screen to capture the subject. Since splats can reproduce view-dependent appearance, it’s important to capture the subject from all angles and directions. We find that the best splats are made under good and even lighting conditions, with even motions.

Once you’re done with the capture, a point cloud display will show you the data captured. Hit Process Splat and wait a minute or so to see your result!

Once processing completes, you can optionally press Enhance, which trains the model in additional 1-minute intervals for higher quality results.

Create a splat if:

  • You want a photorealistic result with high-fidelity lighting and reflections.
  • You want to capture beyond the 5-meter range of the LiDAR scanner or our photogrammetry mode.
  • You want a result that models the background and sky.

Create a mesh if:

  • You want to use the result with other 3D software or game engines.
  • You want a standalone 3D model without a background.
  • You need precise measurements.
  • You want to model a scene that doesn’t have a well-defined subject (for example, a scan containing all rooms in a building).

You can view splats and take measurements directly on-device. You can post them to Scaniverse where they can be viewed in 3D by others even if they don’t have the Scaniverse app. You can create videos with dynamic motion to share to social media. You can also export the model in PLY format for use with other Gaussian Splatting viewers and tools. We are currently working on the ability to crop and edit splats, just like you can do with meshes today. Gaussian splatting a very new technology, but there are already a variety of plugins that can be used with game engines such as Unity and Unreal Engine, as well as 3D modeling software like Blender.

Yes, provided you have the raw data saved. To do so, open your scan, then press the icon in the upper-right corner. Select Reprocess Scan, and then Splat.

No, all scan data is processed locally on your device. Unless you choose to share your splat, data will not leave your device.

Yes, we will continue to support and improve our LiDAR and photogrammetry modes. For some applications, LiDAR and/or photogrammetry can be preferrable to gaussian splatting, and we intend to support these long-term. To access these modes, press New Scan > Mesh.

We’re excited to learn about your experience, and welcome all feedback at

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