Desktop 3D Scanner Samples (Model 15)



The intention of Cyberware in releasing these datasets is to both return value to the CG community, to which we are indebted for its past and continued support, and to promote these odd scanning devices that a couple dozen people here sweat over. We are interested to learn and see what you might accomplish by using these models.

The raw data output format from Cyberware scanners is an ordered point cloud. Cyberware has translators that support a wide variety of output formats, including 3D Studio & 3D Studio MAX, ASCII, Digital Arts, DXF, DXF (3D FACES), IGES 106, IGES 124, IGES 126, IGES 128, Inventor, OBJ, PLY, SCR (AutoCAD mesh), SCR (AutoCAD slice), STL, subdivision surfaces, and VRML. For more information, refer to our file formats listing.

Most of the files here were saved in the PLY file format, which is available in the public domain. One may also find Inventor files in the following links. These Inventor files are the default file format for Cyberware's latest scanners and should not be confused with the new Inventor format from AutoDesk. Finally, the Echo file format is also popular and will be supported by many legacy applications. We provide sample I/O routines and file format information in the following links:

File FormatViewerFile Format Specification (I/O)
CyScan/InventorCyScan (License Required)CyScan File Format
CyScan (License Required)
PLY File Format
CyScan (License Required)
Echo File Format

All of the samples provided were scanned on a Cyberware Desktop 3D Scanner (Model M15). A scan captures the 3D range (X, Y, Z) data as well as a greyscale luminance map.

Following is a brief description of the types of files that one will find in our data samples:

filename.plyThis file is a merged and edited PLY file, created with CyScan and PlyEdit software (included in a Whole Body Scanner Bundle). This file typifies the results that one can expect to see when using a Cyberware Rapid 3D Scanner.
filename-MO.plyThis is a PLY file that has been merged ONLY. No editing was peformed on this model.
filename-BAF.plyHere is an unedited PLY file that has been run through the Whole Body AutoFill routines (automated processing).
filename_Echo_FilesThe 4 Echo files are located in this folder on our FTP site, along with the texture maps. These files are not merged or edited in any way.
filename_IV_FileThis is the original unedited CyScan scan file (Inventor format).
filename_PLY_FilesHere are the 4 PLY files that were used to generate the edited PLY file, the filename-BAF.ply and filename-MO.ply files.

Unless otherwise marked datasets may be used for any non-commercial purpose. Credit to Cyberware is appreciated where appropriate. Please direct comments, advice and requests to Additional tools and information may be obtained via our web site.


Sample Model Shop 3D Data

Rabbit Sample
Scanhead:Model 15
# of Scans:54
Total Polygons:134,074
Dinosaur Sample
Scanhead:Model 15
# of Scans:48
Total Polygons:112,384
Teeth Sample
Scanhead:Model 15
# of Scans:72
Total Polygons:233,204
Igea Sample
Scanhead:Model 15
# of Scans:36
Total Polygons:268,686
Screwdriver Sample
Scanhead:Model 15
# of Scans:44
Total Polygons:54,300