Saturday, June 3rd, 2023 Posted by Jim Thacker

Epic Games releases RealityScan 1.1

Epic Games has released RealityScan 1.1, the latest version of its free iOS photogrammetry app, which turns photos of real-world objects into textured 3D models for use in AR, game development or general 3D work.

The release, the first major update to RealityScan since its release last year, improves workflow when removing unused images, deleting projects, and exporting models to Sketchfab.

Free iOS app makes photogrammetry available to anyone with a smartphone
Released last year, RealityScan is intended to make the 3D scanning capabilities of tools like RealityCapture, the photogrammetry software that Epic acquired in 2021, accessible to hobbyists as well as DCC pros.

Data is processed in the cloud, from where the resulting 3D model can be exported to Sketchfab, Epic’s model-sharing platform, and downloaded in FBX format for use in other DCC applications and game engines.

Files uploaded to Sketchfab are automatically transcoded into glTF and USDZ formats, supported in applications including 3ds Max, Blender, Cinema 4D, Maya, Unity and Unreal Engine.

RealityScan 1.1: workflow and performance improvements
RealityScan 1.1 is primarily a workflow and performance update.

The UI has been reworked to make it easier to remove unused images, and to manage projects, including the option to select and delete multiple projects from the Project Library.

It is also now possible to name and add descriptions to models before exporting to Sketchfab, and to preview the final model in the embedded Sketchfab viewer.

Since the original release, Epic has also switched from JPEG to HEIC format for source images, reducing file sizes – and therefore upload times – by “around 50%”.

In addition, the Smooth preset, which generates a smoother, if less detailed mesh, is now the default. It is “around 3-4x faster” than the Detailed preset.

System requirements and availability
RealityScan 1.1 is available free for iPhones and iPads running iOS 16.0+ and iPadOS 16.0+. An Android version is due “in 2023”.

Basic Sketchfab accounts are free. You can find pricing for paid Sketchfab accounts here.

Download free iPhone 3D scanning app RealityScan from the App Store