iReviews has put together a list of the 5 Best 3D Scanners currently on the market for under $1,500. From the DIY hobbyists to the professional designer, today’s 3D scanning devices are not only affordable but are capable of high-resolution images down to 0.1mm. Whether you’re interested in a portable handheld device for scanning large images or the turntable style scanner for smaller more detailed projects, options are limitless in this price range.

We’ve based our top five 3D scanners list on criteria that includes image quality, scan data speed, ease-of-use, affordability, and finally – compatibility with 3rd party printer applications. As the first step in the rapid prototyping process, creating a high-quality image is paramount for layering a professional 3D model. From structured light scanning to laser triangular technology, picking the right scanner depends on your intended application. Lining up the technology with your design intention is paramount. With that being said, DIYers can be pretty happy with the selection of reasonably priced, yet professional-grade 3D scanners available. Now it’s just a matter of finding the perfect machine for becoming your own manufacturer.