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Why Peel 3D Scanners?

Peel 3D Scanners provide professional-grade handheld 3D scanning in its purest form. Simply create high-quality 3D scans of small or large objects whilst keeping your project on a budget.

Trying to scan something very smooth? No problem! These 3D Scanners can scan most items directly without any preparation as they recognise the shape of objects automatically. It is also possible to use stick-on markers in order to scan the flattest surfaces

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Peel 4.0 Update

Peel 3D extend their best-in-class software with the 4.0 update. Already a Peel customer? Follow our guide on how to update your software and licenses.

New features include:

  • Shell/Offset mesh: to offset the mesh or create a shell between the original and the offset mesh
  • Extrude boundary: to extend a mesh along a boundary by a specified distance
  • Extend Boundary: to extrude a mesh boundary all the way to a plane
  • Flatten: to create a flattened copy of the mesh (peel2CAD only)

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3D Scanning Cheat Sheet

Our experts at Solid Print3D have created a cheat sheet to help first time scanners achieve professional results.


3D Scanning Cheat Sheet

Peel 3D Scanners provide professional-grade handheld 3D scanning in its purest form. Simply create high-quality 3D scans of small or large objects whilst keeping your project on a budget.


3D Scanning Help Sheet


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The possibilities of 3D scanning

Peel 2

Peel 2 is superior 3D scanning in every way. Get higher resolution, improved tracking and better geometry capabilities meaning you can capture colours. This portable, handheld scanner has it all!

The newest generation of Peel 3D scanners. Your go-to solution for more demanding projects.

  • Mechanical parts and assemblies
  • Metal castings
  • Textured and coloured objects
what is a peel 3d scanner

Peel 1

Peel 1 is a professional 3D scanner in its purest and most affordable form.

The original Peel 3D product the Peel 1 is the perfect 3D scanner for simple scans of:

  • Human body
  • Clay models, stones and pottery
  • Organic shapes
  • Fabric and leather

3D Scanning Applications



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Body Parts


Discover how you can use a Peel 3D scanner to scan a live human hand and bring it into Fusion360 to use in a CAD design.


Peel 3D Scanning Workflow

3D Samples

Peel Comparative Table


 peel 1peel 2 peel 2 CADPeel 2 CAD-S
Part size range
0.3 – 3.0 m (1 – 10 ft)0.05 - 0.5 m (2 – 20 in)
AccuracyUp to 0.250 mm (0.01 in)Up to 0.250 mm (0.01 in)Up to 0.100 mm (0.004 in)Up to 0.100 mm (0.004 in)
Mesh resolution0.500 mm (0.020 in)0.100 mm (0.004 in)
Measurement resolution0.500 mm (0.020 in)0.250 mm (0.010 in)0.250 mm (0.010 in)0.250 mm (0.010 in)
Measurement rate550,000 measurements/s (1)
Volumetric accuracy
(based on part size)
0.500 mm/m (0.006 in/ft)0.500 mm/m (0.006 in/ft)0.300 mm/m (0.0036 in/ft)0.300 mm/m (0.0036 in/ft)
Scanning area380 x 380 mm (15.0 x 15.0 in)143 x 108 mm (5.6 in x 4.3 in)
Stand-off distance400 mm (15.75 in)380 mm (15 in.)
Depth of field250 mm (10.0 in)100 mm (4 in.)
Light sourceWhite light (LED)
ColoursN/A24 bits24 bits24 bits
Texture resolutionN/A50 to 150 DPI50 to 150 DPI50 to 250DPI
Positioning methodsGeometry and/or targetsGeometry and/or targets and/or textureGeometry and/or targets and/or textureGeometry and/or targets and/or texture
Weight850 g (1.9 lb)950 g (2.1 lb)950 g (2.1 lb)930 g (2.05 lbs.)
Dimensions96 x 140 x 258 mm150 x 171 x 251 mm150 x 171 x 251 mm154 x 178 x 235 mm (6 x 7 x 9.2 in.)
Connection standard1 x USB 2.0
Output formats.dae, .fbx, .ma, .obj, .ply, .stl,
.txt, .wrl, .x3d, .x3dz, .zpr
.dae, .fbx, .ma, .obj, .ply, .stl,
.txt, .wrl, .x3d, .x3dz, .zpr
.dae, .fbx, .ma, .obj, .ply, .stl, .txt,
.wrl, .x3d, .x3dz, .zpr, .iges, .step, .dxf
.dae, .fbx, .ma, .obj, .ply, .stl, .txt,
.wrl, .x3d, .x3dz, .zpr, .iges, .step, .dxf
Operating temperature range5–40°C (41–104°F)
Operating humidity range
CertificationsEC Compliance
(Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive, Low Voltage Directive),
Calibration certificateN/AN/AYesYes
Softwarepeel 3dpeel 3dpeel 3d with peel 2 CAD moduleVXmodel

Minimum System Requirements

Computer Model

HP ZBook 15 (recommended)


Intel Core i7 (4+ cores) – 2.7 GHz or higher

Operating System*

Windows 7 64 bits, Windows 8.1 64 bits or Windows 10 64 bits. * 32-bits OS are not supported.

Graphics Card

NVIDIA card with 2GB memory or more. OpenGL 4.5 and later


16 GB (minimum) or 32 GB (recommended)

Hard Drive

At least 100 GB of free space or 200 GB (recommended)

Connecting Ports

1 × USB 2.0, USB 3.0 compatible



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What Are The Features Of The Second Peel 3D Scanner?

After the successful launch of Peel 1 on the market, the company has continued to innovate and has now brought out its sibling, the second Peel 3D scanner. Equipped with the same functionalities as its predecessor but with even greater power and at a more affordable cost, this piece of kit is worth every penny. Suited to the professional and hobbyist markets alike, you can buy this impressive 3D scanner right here at Solid Print3D.

One huge positive with this machine is that it boasts a lightweight and streamlined style, so picking it up and moving it around at will is pretty easy. Just 950g, the Peel 2 is lighter than its older counterpart, so using it to work on your scans is nowhere near as tiring as it was with the previous model.


With dimensions of 150 x 171 x 251mm, it’s also quite a compact machine, eliminating the usual inconvenience of travelling with scanning equipment. And for those looking to take the scanner with them on their travels, there’s also the option to buy its own special carry-case to keep it safe and snug while not in use.

User friendly

The scanner works using structured light technology with white LEDs, which are safer for the human eyes than the ones used in laser-based scanning. It is fitted with three different cameras, each having four LEDs, plus a white light projector. These mean that Peel 3D scanners bring out 3D scans in full colour and texture.

The Peel 2 has a sleek and modern design that’s very user-friendly. The trigger is unmistakable as it’s a bright yellow colour, and this also helps you keep hold of the machine securely while scanning objects.


In terms of functionality, the machine doesn’t need to target any points with its scanning range of 0.3m to 3m. Its volumetric accuracy reaches as high as 0.5mm/m. This piece of equipment can also take 550,000 measurements per second within a scanning area of 380 x 380mm, which is the standard in the scanning industry.

The machine works with proprietary Peel 3D scanner software, which has impressed many users with its large selection of tools for the optimisation of the scanning process and the end result. Special features, such as the ability to put the scanning on pause when needed, are helpful and convenient.

There are tools for cleaning the mesh; aligning and merging the scans; correcting or deleting any distorted frames; and smoothing, mirroring, and simplifying models, as well as for filling holes that have been missed by the scanner. The software also offers numerous file formats like STL when exporting the completed models. With all these first-class features, there’s no wonder this product has garnered so many positive Peel 3D scanner reviews.

Scanning accuracy

A defining feature of the Peel 2 3D scanner is its ability to scan an object’s texture as well as its geometrical features. With this, you end up with a complete picture, an essential feature when using the machine for art, designs, and even VR.

Peel 3D scanners are particularly effective at scanning people. Because of its effectiveness at scanning fabric along with its Semi-Rigid Positioning setting, the software is a lot more forgiving of any slight movements your subject might make.


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To find out more about how this advanced scanning technology will work for you and fulfil your requirements, check out our selection of Peel 3D scanners for sale here at Solid Print3D. To get in touch, call us on 01926 333 777 or email us at




How do I choose a 3D scanner?

  • Accuracy.
  • Resolution. While accuracy is one of the key aspects to look for when selecting a portable 3D scanner device, it is also crucial to check other factors, such as the scanning device’s resolution.
  • Speed.
  • Ease of use.
  • Part size.
  • Portability.
  • Software Features.
  • Maintenance.


How accurate is a 3D scanner?

The accuracy of Peel 3D scanners, and indeed all scanners, differs depending on the technology used in each specific model. Usually, the higher the accuracy, the more expensive the machine will be. With accuracy in the range of 0.1 mm or better, structured light scanners and lasers are suitable for use with high-resolution 3D printers.


What is a 3D scanner?

3D scanning is a technology used to capture high-resolution 3D prototypes of real-world objects. A 3D portable scan device takes a huge number of snapshots of the object and then fuses them into a 3D model. Because it creates a three-dimensional copy of the object, you can easily rotate and view it from different angles on your computer.


Does a 3D printer need a 3D scanner?

Peel 3D scanners in the UK can be underappreciated tools in supporting the marvel that is 3D printing. There are professional-grade 3D printing objects that don’t require a scanner, such as those that use open source or pre-made 3D models ready to be used. But generally, without a 3D scanner, models must be built from the ground up using software.


What is a handheld scanner used for?

A 3D scanner from Peel 3D is a portable electronic gadget that performs the job of scanning all kinds of three-dimensional objects in the real world. With this device, it’s now easy to capture 3D models of real-life objects, which can then be used for various purposes.


History Of 3D Laser Scanners

3D scanners were developed during the 20th century with the goal of recreating various objects and places accurately. Most industries use this device in their research and design departments.

The very first 3D scanning technology was built in the 1960s and made use of lights, cameras, and projectors to carry out the task. This had many limitations, though, making it tedious and time-consuming to scan objects properly.

In 1985, however, scanners that use white light, lasers, and shadowing to capture objects were introduced. With this new technology, almost everything could then be scanned effectively.

3D scanning has come a long way since then, and many products such as those from the Peel 3D range have perfected the process, making it faster, more detailed, and more convenient. Because of their astounding performance, the company and its products have received many positive Peel 3D scanner reviews online.


Things To Know About 3D Scanning

  • Where to use it. If you want to print an object in 3D, but have no available 3D model file, you can use a 3D scanner to provide you with a starting point. By using this portable three-dimensional scanner, you can also cut down on the need for revisions and improve your workflow.
  • How to use it. This depends on the object you are hoping to scan. Smaller items are better suited to a table-top scanner, and a Peel 3D scanner for large objects.
  • Why use it. Since a 3D scanner is similar to a camera, you can use it to collect data from your preferred 3D model. With this data, you can simply build a new prototype.

Benefits Of 3D Scanning

While some Creaform Peel 3D scanner price ranges are indeed expensive, below are some of the well-known benefits of investing in one:

  • A three-dimensional handheld scanner improves the efficiency of working with complex shapes and parts.
  • It helps with designing the products to accommodate someone else’s part of the job.
  • A 3D optical scanning device can replace the older or missing parts easily.

If you’ve decided to invest in one of these 3D scanners, feel free to contact us for expert technical assistance and then browse our selection today.

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