creality has lifted the veil on its latest 3D scanner. In an effort to further diversify its 3D portfolio, Creality, the well-known maker of popular products like the 3D printer Creality Ender-3 S1 Prohas announced its new and improved 3D scanner: the Creality CR-Scan lizard.
This entry-level 3D scanner continues the legacy of the company’s CR-Scan 01, which launched recently as an affordable option for digitizing objects. Be that as it may, the Creality CR-Scan Lizard is smaller, but it promises improved features such as accuracy of up to 0.05mm and better results when working in bright environments and with dark objects. All this and more for a lower price than its predecessor, which is why it gets our attention today.
Creality CR-Scan Lizard Technical Specifications
|Creality CR-Scan Lizard|
|Resolution||0.1 – 0.2mm|
|Single Catch Range||200x100mm|
|Operating distance||150 – 400mm|
|Light source||LED + NIR|
|outdoor scanning||Sunlight compatible scanning|
|follow mode||eye tracking|
|color texture||extended support|
|Output format||OBJ, STL, PLY|
|Dimensions||15.5 x 8.4 x 4.6cm|
A compact 3D scanner
The Creality CR-Scan Lizard is a very compact optical 3D scanner, which measures 15.5 x 8.4 x 4.6cm and it is very light, but to be able to squeeze all its potential we will need accessories such as the tripod and turntablewhich fortunately are included with the purchase.
It’s very small yes, and it also ships fully assembled out of the box, but keep in mind that you need to plug the various cables into the scanner and turntable. In this sense, the scanner requires a USB cable to connect to the computer and be plugged into a power outlet at all times, so it is not as portable as it seems.
For its part, the turntable is powered via USB and rotates at a fixed speed. There’s no way to control anything by software or switches, it just twists and turns as long as it’s plugged in.
Secondly, the tabletop tripod is well designed and it feels sturdy. This one has a short telescoping neck and folds up into a handheld monopod. The screw mount is a standard size and can be interchanged with any commercial tripod.
With all that said, the scanner does not have a monitor or buttons, so it is essential to have a computer and the necessary software (CR Studio) to be able to use it.
Features and functions
With the CR-Scan Lizard, Creality wants to bring professional-level accuracy to the budget market. According to your spec sheet, the scanner is accurate to 0.05mmallowing you to capture small parts and intricate details with high precision, or at least that’s the theory.
Thanks to the scanner’s binoculars and improved precision calibration, Creality says it can capture rich detail from objects as small as 15 x 15 x 15 mmor as large as car doors, engines, among others.
In this sense, there are two modes of scanning, tabletop and handheld. The first uses the tripod and the turntable to scan an object almost automatically. Handheld mode eliminates the need for the turntable and it lacks the alignment aids. We will have to carefully and slowly pass the scanner over an object, covering all sides; obviously this last method requires more patience and experience, so it is clear which method we recommend to beginners.
On a different note, a third technique uses the manual scan mode and the turntable together. This eliminates the need to walk around the object to be scanned. This is useful for items that fit on the turntable but are too large for the scanner to capture while mounted on the tripod, as the scanner only captures what it sees up to 400mm from the lens.
Apart from its scanning modes, the Creality CR-Scan Lizard also offers some enhanced features that should make it easier for users to achieve good results with minimal effort. First of all, Creality claims that the device can scan accurately even under sunlight thanks to its multispectral optical technology, which maintains acceptable performance. Also, the device has adaptability when scanning dark objectsand that’s something to commend in this price range.
How accurate is the scanner?
Coming to practice, the Creality CR-Scan Lizard is capable of generating good results in terms of dimensional accuracy, but the resulting models are not perfect copies, fine details and texture are lost.
Accuracy is simply not enough for parts that need tight tolerances of less than 2mm.. As we said, the dimensional accuracy is good, but the surface smoothness leaves something to be desired and sharp edges are often rounded off. Mixed color models can also cause problems.
With all that in mind, the results are good enough to serve as a template in CAD programswhere they can be improved if you have the necessary knowledge, but as such it is clear that this scanner does not work miracles.
Definitely the software section is the Achilles heel of the Creality CR-Scan Lizard, and it is what stops us from being able to recommend this scanner to all enthusiasts. Going into details, CR Studio is the companion program and promises many features that should help achieve clean and improved scans, including one-click model optimization, multi-positional auto-align, auto-denoise, simplified topology, texture mapping, and much more. plus.
However, from launch, users have reported unexpected closures of the program when processing the information, to which must be added frequent bugs and a lack of instructions/documentation on how to use the editing functions it offers.
Although it is true that this may change over time as the company releases new versions of the program and tutorials on how to use CR-Studio appear, this also detracts from the user experience.
Currently it takes practice and error to achieve acceptable results, but to achieve them CR Studio is capable of saving them as STL and OBJ project files to be imported into 3D modeling and printing programs.
Availability and price of the Creality CR-Scan Lizard
Those interested in this 3D scanner You can buy it through Geekbuying.com in its 3 editions. The same way, it is available on Banggood for a similar price.
- Compact size
- Automatic mode
- Can scan dark objects
- No need to mark points to scan
- Software leaves a lot to be desired
- You need to always be connected to a computer
- Fine details are lost