App leverages Apple’s LiDAR-equipped devices to dramatically reduce time home improvement professionals spend measuring and creating as-built 3D models and drawings
BOULDER, February 9, 2021 – For the first time, Canvas is exhibiting at The International Builders’ Show (IBS).
Thousands of design-build firms, general contractors, designers, architects, and more use Canvas to create scale-accurate 3D models of interior spaces with the latest iPad Pro and iPhone 12 Pro/Pro Max’s embedded LiDAR sensor. These 3D models can be used to measure or revisit, as well as be processed into as-built 2D drawings and 3D models editable in common professional CAD programs like SketchUp, Revit, AutoCAD, Design 2020 Live, and Chief Architect.
While the power to capture spaces in 3D with consumer-grade hardware was previously possible with Occipital’s Structure Sensor attachment, the requisite 3D sensors became embedded into many iPads and iPhones in 2020. In May, Canvas launched support for the LiDAR sensor onboard the new iPad Pro, and in October, did the same for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Apple even showcased the new Canvas app’s ability to scan rooms when revealing the new iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max’s embedded LiDAR sensor.
LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors aren’t cameras. Rather, they map environments by emitting pulses of invisible light into an environment, capturing their reflections off the objects, and measuring distance by timing the travel of each light pulse. It’s the same technology used by self-driving cars, and it used to require extremely expensive and complicated equipment that relegated its use to large-scale industrial and commercial projects.”
“This is only the latest major leap for 3D mapping in the last 10 years,” said Anton Yakubenko, VP Product, 3D Capture. “First, it was only possible with very complicated, time-consuming, and expensive equipment like $50,000+ tripod-based scanners. Then, in 2016, combining accessories like Structure Sensor with an app experience like Canvas brought the capability to a prosumer price point. Now, in 2020, with embedded 3D sensors, it’s not just affordable and possible — it’s easy. Just download and start scanning.”
“This is a huge enabler because it’s no longer an extra device or tool to bring with you,” said Alex Schiff, VP Product, Consumption. “Your phone or tablet just became a new kind of power tool — one that’s always with you that can measure entire rooms in seconds, and kick off as-built 3D models and 2D drawings via our Scan To CAD service.”
Scan To CAD is Canvas’ semi-automated service that processes your 3D scans into editable, professional-grade CAD files. Users simply upload their scan data and receive design-ready files for SketchUp, Revit, Chief Architect, AutoCAD, 2020 Design Live, and more. These files use native elements from the target program — i.e., windows in Revit are in the “Window” family and are separate from the wall — and intended to behave the same as if you created them from scratch.
“You can use your 3D scan to measure and share your scan right away, but Scan To CAD is really what allows remodelers, architects, and designers to skip ahead to the parts of the project they enjoy most: design, planning, and working with clients on turning that space into something new,” said Schiff. “Scan To CAD allows you to bring that 3D scan data into the tools you use to do that work.”
Canvas is available on iPad under “Canvas: iPad 3D Room Scanner” and iPhone under “Canvas: Pocket Room Scanner.”
Stop by our booth, located at canvas.ibsxvirtual.com, during the show, which runs February 9th through 12th.
Canvas is a product by Occipital, a computer vision company that builds hardware and software that allow mobile devices to see and understand the world in 3D. Occipital also makes Structure Sensor, Structure Core and Structure SDK.