Customizing mobile 3D scans is a reality and it all makes sense now

We tested the recently-launched Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact and its 3D scanning feature.


3D scanning hardware and software are on the rise and their impact is unquestionable, but there’s also something else that you’ll need if you want to take it to the next level and get really practical.

3D scanners are here to help the world

3D scanning technology uses lasers or light to capture the digital information about the shape of an object. Its applications are many and it brings tremendous benefits to a variety of industries such as medical, automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, to name just a few.

One of the biggest advantages of 3D scanning is that it helps to quickly and precisely capture the measurement of any physical object. Manual measurement is time consuming and limited by the amount of data one can practically collect, so by using a 3D scanner you can save lots of time in your work. Its accuracy will also ensure that the parts you scan will fit on the very first try, so it’ll save you money, too.

Sony brings the 3D scanning technology to mobiles

We just got our hands on the recently-launched Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact and tested its unique 3D scanning feature, the 3D Creator. While Sony stresses that the scanner is still in its developing years, the 3D scan feature is quite the real deal already.What impressed us the most was the speed at which the smartphone can scan and process the 3D face and head renders. In less than one minute, the camera can fully scan pretty much any object. Besides head and face, XZ1’s rear camera can also scan an object or food in its free-scan mode. The file can be saved as a 3D image in the standard .OBJ format.


You can then either send the file directly to a 3D printer or share it on social media or through messaging apps. The cool thing about Sony’s 3D Creator is that the post-processing is not done on some server somewhere; the rendering is done on the phone itself. The only downside (for now) is that it’s lacking a bit in accuracy, but we see that as a challenge Sony will surely address in the near future.

A 3D tool to make your 3D scanner more practical

While XZ1’s 3D creator is fun to play with — you can even add your own facial scan to a 3D avatar or do some simple edits- if you’re into real designing like we are, you’d probably like to put this scanner to some better use. And yes, you guessed it right: we meant customizing your 3D scan in a 3D tool! If you want to use VECTARY, it’s free, online and very easy to use. You just sign up and start creating.

Created in Vectary 1.0

This time, we chose to scan the head of one of our colleagues and created a small figurine that we placed on top of a birthday cake, but the possibilities are really endless.


And, most of all, it’s practical, too. Imagine you have a broken handle or door knob. All you need to do is 3D scan it, upload the file to VECTARY and start customizing it. The same goes for objects made of many similar looking parts. You can easily remodel and fix the parts which are missing or broken and then send the file to your 3D printer. If you don’t have one, you can always 3D print your model right from the editor using our Shapeways plugin.

With Sony taking a big step to making 3D scanners more ubiquitous, the future of 3D modeling looks bright and we can’t wait to see what’s next.

Do you own an Xperia XZ1 or XZ1 Compact? If you already have some cool 3D scans you’d like to personalize, give VECTARY a try and start 3D modeling today.