Heges 3D Scanner 4+
Capture STL, OBJ & PLY models
- 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 14, 14 Pro, 13, 13 Pro, 12, 12 Pro, 11, 11 Pro, XS, XR, X or iPad Pro! Export scans into STL, PLY, OBJ, GLB (glTF), share them and more. On older devices, you can use the ordinary camera mode or the Screen Sharing feature.
This app is *PAID* up-front. Why is it free-to-download then? To protect people with unsupported devices from buying it (more details at the bottom of this text).
Heges 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, 14, 14 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, OBJ (both with colors),
STL, GLB (both without colors) file formats
- Share exported models e.g. via built-in Wi-Fi server or
view them in the iOS Files app
- Use the physical volume buttons to toggle scanning session
- Double-tap anywhere in the live camera view to Share Screen with another iPhone/iPad,
so that you can better see what you're scanning
- 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 of iPhone X
- 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
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
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 and 14 USERS: The iPhone 13 and 14 lineups introduced new TrueDepth (FaceID) camera designs, which produce lower-accuracy results compared to older devices.
To get best scan accuracy, consider using any iPhone 12 or older with FaceID.
= Color camera mode
- Available for all devices
- Manual camera focus
- Sharing photos via built-in Wi-Fi server
= Why don't you make the app paid on the App Store? Why the annoying In-App Purchase?
It's for protecting people with unsupported devices. (I wish I could make it paid directly on the App Store.)
Heges needs the 3D-sensing selfie FaceID camera to be able to capture 3D scans. But not all iPhones/iPads have the FaceID camera, so the app needs to check if your device has FaceID before it allows you to buy the app.
The App Store does not allow developers to check if your iPhone/iPad has FaceID, so the only way to check is if you download and open the app. Once you open Heges on your device, it will check if your device is compatible and if isn't, then you will not be able to buy it.
If you have any questions just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be happy to help you :)!
･ New OBJ export format, Improved PLY export format
･ Added iPhone 14 support
･ Bug fixes / crash fixes
･ UI bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
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 ,
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 192.168.1.189). 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 email@example.com.
I have used different scanners of the years (Sense, structure Sensor) and also trialed different “big name apps” with not much success, until Heges. I started using it a month ago or so and have created dozens of scans. It’s accuracy for me is key.
However, I am also very impressed with Heges, and Mr. Marek Simonik the developer. Let me tell you why:
For example, the mere fact that the mirroring connects - and stays connected to another iPhone or pad - the way it does is way superior to the other apps I tried so far. This is very important since it’s just not easy to scan 360° objects without having a projection of what is being scanned in real time.
Second, the vibration mode is an excellent indicator of the scanning process and status. If tracking is lost, it’s easy to know without having to look at the iPhone’s screen, and saves time.
Third, the accuracy and definition of the scans are very high with the Face ID mode and the option to share/save/upload them to a dropbox folder is a very helpful feature.
Fourth, the adjustability of the precision and range features enable the user to customize the app for the next scan.
Fifth, being able to start or stop a scanning project by using the upper Volume button is really helpful.
Finally, the quality of the support and responsiveness from Mr. Simonik are simply incredible.
If I could give a 6th star, I would.
Developer Response ,
Thank you so much for the kind words — it made my day :)! I sincerely appreciate that you took your time to write your review and I hope to reciprocate by improving Heges in the future to make scanning even more accurate and robust.
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 ,
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 :)!
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- Marek Simonik
- 11.6 MB
- Photo & Video
- Requires iOS 14.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 14.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 14.0 or later.
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- © Marek Šimoník
- In-App Purchases
- 3D Scanner $7.99