Scans alignment

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To align multiple scans in PhoXi Control Application, it is useful to use marker patterns.

Marker patterns

Marker patterns for different scanning distances

Different models of PhoXi 3D Scanners have different scanning distances and use different sizes of marker patterns:

  • A5 for distances 160 mm - 520 mm
  • A4 for distances 380 mm - 1900 mm
  • A3 for distances 380 mm - 1900 mm
  • A2 for distances 1680 mm - 3780 mm
Recommended marker patterns for different models of PhoXi 3D Scanners
XS S M L XL - scanning distance
< 1900 mm > 1900 mm
A5 yes no no no no no
A4 no yes yes no no no
A3 no no yes yes yes no
A2 no no no no yes yes

The marker patterns are able to comfortably cover the whole scanning range of the PhoXi 3D Scanners. For cases where the size of the pattern has to be scaled, the scale of the printed pattern has to be reflected as corresponding setting in PhoXi Control.

To setup the scale of marker pattern use:

  • Marker Scale X & Marker Scale Y parameter in PhoXi Control (available from PhoXi Control 1.2.9 beta)
  • Use the following utility for Marker Scale setup (for PhoXi Control below 1.2.9)

Download marker patterns

To verify the scale of printed patterns, we provide patterns with coordinates of the centers of the circles:

How to set coordinate space to Marker space

  1. Open PhoXi Control App and connect to the scanner
  2. In the options pane on the left, check following options in group Coordinates:
    • MarkersSettings > InvertedMarkers
    • RecognizeMarkers
    • CoordinateSpace = MarkerSpace
  3. Put marker plate in the view of camera. Make sure camera sees at least four marker circles, then trigger the scan. Point cloud will be returned in coordinate system of marker plate.

How to create the model of the object

  1. Put the object above the marker plate and switch the coordinate space to Marker space. You can now move the scanner to different locations, it always returns the point cloud in the same coordinate system defined by marker plate.
  2. Make several scans from different angles to capture the object from all sides. Save each scan to PLY file.
  3. Open all PLY files in 3D point cloud viewer, e.g. Meshlab or Cloud Compare, crop the desired object, use some fine alignment algorithm (ICP), merge the point clouds and polygonize it to create a surface model.


Image corrupted
If the application does not return the scan and there is a message in the status bar "Image corrupted", make sure the angle between the scanner and marker plate is not too small and that the camera can see at least 4 marker circles.