Heges 3D Scanner 4+

Capture STL and PLY models

Marek Simonik

    • 2.8 • 224 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



LiDAR is supported now! Please read the FAQ at www.hege.sh/faq for scanning tips, how to download your 3D models, how to enable Screen Sharing, Infinite Scanning and more

Create 3D scans using the 3D camera (FaceID or LiDAR) of your iPhone 13, 13 Pro, 12, 12 Pro, 11, 11 Pro, XS, XR, X or iPad Pro! Export scans into STL, PLY, GLB (glTF), share them and more. On other devices you can use the ordinary camera mode or the Screen Sharing feature.

The app is paid and is divided into two modes:

= 3D Scanner (Paid, requires one-time In-App Purchase)
- available only for the iPhone X, XS, XS Max, XR, 11, 11 Pro, 12, 12 Pro, 13, 13 Pro and iPad Pro with TrueDepth camera and/or LiDAR sensor as an In-App Purchase (Why? Read more at the bottom.)

- create 3D models by scanning everyday objects
using the selfie TrueDepth camera (FaceID) and/or the rear LiDAR sensor

- after scanning, export the models into PLY (with colors)
and STL (without colors) file formats

- share exported models e.g. via built-in Wi-Fi server

- view the models in AR

- you can scan in pitch-dark environment and use Heges as a night vision camera!

- choose from the available scanning precisions — the higher
the precision, the shorter the scanner range

- to get the most accurate scans, you must use the selfie FaceID camera with 0.5MM Precision settings; do not use LiDAR if you need accurate scans

- the selfie FaceID camera is much more accurate than LiDAR (approx. one order of magnitude),
the models in the promo videos were scanned using the selfie FaceID camera

- use the selfie FaceID camera for scanning fine details (up to 2 millimeters accuracy with FaceID and 0.5MM Precision settings)

- use LiDAR for scanning large areas (e.g. houses, hallways, rooms, etc.), LiDAR is NOT suitable for scanning small objects with detail — use the selfie FaceID camera for this purpose

- objects in scanner range are highlighted in the live view

- switch to the passive Night Vision where there're no
explicit restrictions on the scanner range

- use the volume buttons as camera toggle

- share screen with another device so that you can better see what you're scanning (double-tap the video preview to enable it)

Instructions for the 3D scanner:
- move slowly when scanning

- make sure that most of the captured scene is within
the scanner range

- please read the FAQ at https://hege.sh/faq.html

The scanner isn't perfect and can fail when moving too fast or scanning a challenging environment (e.g. glass surfaces cannot be captured due to the nature of the TrueDepth sensor).

A NOTE FOR iPHONE 13 USERS: The iPhone 13 lineup introduced a new TrueDepth (FaceID) camera, which produces lower-accuracy results compared to older devices.

= Color camera mode
- available for all devices

- manual camera focus

- sharing photos via built-in Wi-Fi server

= Why don't you just make the app paid up front? Why the annoying In-App Purchase?

TL;DR: Apple doesn't allow this yet. The one-time In-App Purchase is a scam protection.

I absolutely agree with you — I wish I could make it paid up front (it would save me a lot of time), but to create 3D scans, Heges requires your iPhone/iPad to have the selfie FaceID camera.

If I made Heges paid up-front, even a person with e.g. iPhone 6S could purchase Heges, only to find out that it won't run on their phone (because iPhone 6S doesn't have FaceID).

As a developer, I can only check if your iPhone/iPad is supported once you open Heges, so in order NOT to "scam" people with unsupported devices, I decided to solve this problem with In-App Purchases: when you open Heges, it checks if your device is supported and if it is, you will be able to buy it. However, if you have an unsupported device, the "Buy" button will NOT appear so that you cannot accidentally purchase it.

If you have any questions just drop me an email at support@hege.sh and I'll be happy to help you :)!

What’s New

Version 1.6.3

・ Improved tracking stability & robustness, better noise reduction.
・ LiDAR support added!
・ LiDAR color bug fix.
・ Long-press an item in the Library to reveal menu.
・ Added an option to enable automatic export of a finished scan into several file formats.
・ Minor UI bug fixes, added Help section.

Ratings and Reviews

2.8 out of 5
224 Ratings

224 Ratings

Mykel3D ,

Best mobile 3D scanner for iPhone X

I’m kind of blown away at how well this scanner works. It’s not perfect however compared to what’s been available this is incredible.

The biggest issue is not the 3D scanning, its the “WiFi file sharing” feature. While I suppose this could be useful I really don’t understand why the developer doesn’t let you just share using the expected avenues such as email, iMessage, save to phone or air drop. I don’t even know what it means to wifi share a file is to be honest... I’m still not sure how to access the scanned data.

I’m guessing file size concerns have something to do with the choice to WiFi share/export your 3D scans, maybe the app isn’t very strong with managing the captured scan data? I think it would be nice to at least have other export options. At very least make it more clear on how you send/receive captured files over WiFi. Also, adding .fbx and .obj as file format options would be fantastic. Right now the .stl files are strictly catering to 3D printing apps. .obj and .fbx would be easier to share with industry standard 3D modeling applications, like C4D, Zbrush, Unity.

Still giving it 4 solid stars (assuming I figure out how to accept a shared WiFi file). The quality is really impressive and again, compared to what’s available, this is amazing.

Please polish and continue working out the bugs, this is a really promising app. Finally getting some use out if this iPhone X depth sensor!

Developer Response ,

Hello Mykel,

you can access the exported files either via the iOS Files App (where you can share the exported files via Airdrop or send them via iMessage) or through iTunes File Sharing or finally via the Wi-Fi sharing. I didn't include sharing via iMessage because of the file size as you correctly mentioned.

Wi-Fi sharing works like this: your iPhone needs to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the computer you want to download the models from. First you scan a model, then you export the model into PLY and/or STL formats and after that you click on the "Sharing" icon in the Library and press "Start sharing".

Please take a look at this image: https://hege.sh/img/wifi_sharing.png. After clicking on "Start sharing", you can go to your computer and connect to your iPhone via a web browser by typing in the browser one of the addresses that are displayed in the "Start sharing" popup (in the image it can be for example http://Tmp.local or After that a website should open with all of your *exported* models (models that you don't export into PLY and/or STL won't be displayed there) that you can download.

If you have any problems/questions then please contact me at support@hege.sh.

Mirage420 ,

Hands down the best one on App Store

I don’t generally review things, but I literally tried and bought every scan app on the App Store, and this one is by far the best. The biggest complaint I had about the other apps is that you had to go super slow and be extra steady when scanning or you would instantly lose tracking. This apps tracking is good enough that you can move at a pretty brisk pace (within reason for 3D scanning of course) and it doesn’t skip a beat. Also most other apps lose tracking if you have your phone stationary and are moving the object in place, such as on a turn table. Never had an issue with that using Hedges. And for the small one time fee, it makes it even better since not only does it scan faster and more accurate, you don’t have to pay a subscription to save your scans, like most other apps. Definitely worth the small fee in my opinion.

Developer Response ,

Hello Mirage420,
thank you very much for your review! I appreciate that you sacrificed your time to write it.

Your review made my day — it is reviews like yours that make developers feel good, so thank you :)!

Kind regards,

Bad Bullet ,

Best detail in a phone scanner I’ve used

I can’t seem to update my other review, so I’ll add to it here as Heges is my go to scanning app after trying nearly all of them in the store except those that charge insane amount to own the app or subscription fees. While it does have some issues tracking of objects if you try going around all sides, Heges is by far the app to capture the most amount of detail from the depth sensor. The others are either a fixed resolution, or give you the option for high definition, and even that doesn’t come close to the 0.5mm option Heges lets you scan at. This extra resolution is worth taking separate scans and stitching them together. For those that work with 3D, this has been a normal workflow for scanning for some time. But if Heges gets better tracking and repositioning of the scan, I’ll up it to 5 stars.

Developer Response ,

Hello Bad Bullet,

thank you for your review :)! I am working on a significant improvement of the tracker — watch out for a new update.

Kind regards,

In-App Purchases

3D Scanner
Enables to create, export and share 3D models

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