Scan objects using the Kinect sensor with Microsoft's 3D Scan app for Windows

Microsoft has released a new app for Windows 10 called 3D Scan. As the name suggests, this new app enables owners of an Xbox One and a Windows 10-powered PC to scan 3D objects. Once said objects have been scanned, it's possible to use the resulting files in 3D Builder to create and print 3D models.

You'll need to utilize your Xbox Kinect sensor in order to be able to scan in objects. (No, that $15 webcam from Target will not play ball.) Interested to learn more? Head to Microsoft's website (opens in new tab) for more details on all things 3D.

Download 3D Scan for Windows 10 (opens in new tab)


Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • Universal App than? Would like to see more things being ported over to Xbox or from the xbox to desktop and mobile - Looking at you Amazon!
  • I think the first Kinect is dead to Windows 10, right? (I know that it can be used to other projects, but to the new things that Windows 10 an do, it's dead)
  • Now I can scan my di.. no. Almost going there.
  • Yes.. than you can do a 3d print of it and do whatever floats your boat 
  • I didn't know that kinect was a microscope :) Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It can't scan at microscopic resolution, Hadrian. Lol
  • Will it work with an Intel RealSense camera? Because it should. Instead of the cheap webcam joke you could have added relevant information...
  • By that thinking, would it also work on the Lumia 950/XL?
  • The phones use an Iris scanner rather than a 3D Camera
  • Kinect 1 or 2?
  • Since it mentions about the Xbox One I'm going to assume Kinect 2 (Kinect for Xbox One).
  • Just a w e s o m e !!!!
  • This has been on the front page of the store for a while now, it looks interesting but pretty sure you need the PC adapter to connect your Xbox One Kinect to your PC to use it, so I haven't gotten around to trying it yet.
  • Cool, so we could potentially use the x1 to make 3D Scans. The first thing I'll scan is the x1 itself just to see how it works lol.
  • I wish Microsoft would just pull the trigger and release this for the Xbox one. I understand they have an artificial line in the sand saying the Xbox one isn't a PC, but this would be a nice use of the Xbox given it has all the necessary hardware. If released for the Xbox it would be one of the cheapest 3D scanners you could buy and it does a whole lot more than just scan.
  • "this new app enables owners of Xbox one and PC to" edit- the only place that says it works on Xbox is here at Windows central. Neither wmpu our the Microsoft both mention it
  • Does not work with the Intel RealSense cameras which blows my mind....
  • Does this work with Kinect for Windows v2?