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How much would it cost to run a 3D figurine business without Twindom?

When people are evaluating full body 3D scanners for starting 3D figurine businesses they often overlook the time cost for setting up their full body 3D scanner, managing 3D scan files and keeping track of which scans belong to which customers.  This is not a problem when you only scan a few people but, for successful scanning  businesses that scan hundreds to thousands of people, you better have a scan solution that takes this into consideration.

Below is a table comparing the upfront, monthly and time costs for operating a 3D avatar business: 

Without Twindom With Twindom
Upfront Costs
Full Body 3D Scanner

$40,000 to $250,000

Scanner Software Development (if DIY)
$50,000 - $150,000

Computer (w/ good graphics card)
$1,500 to $8,000

3D scanning software
$200 to $3,800 (ex/ zBrush)


Total: $41,700 to $411,800

Twinstant Mobile Full Body 3D Scanner


  • Full body 3D scanner
  • Laptop computer for the full body 3D scanner
  • Twinstant Scanner App
  • Bounding area rug
  • Assembly kit
  • Spare parts kit
  • 1 year parts warranty
  • Customer support

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Total: $44,995 + cloud platform


Monthly Software Costs  

Online Store
$30 /month (ex/ Shopify)

Online 3D Viewer
$30 /month (ex/ Sketchfab Pro)

Order Tracking and Fulfillment
$25 to $60 /month (ex/ Shipstation)



Total: $75 to $110 /month

Twindom Cloud Platform

  • Automated 3D scan processing
  • Automated 3D printability checks
  • 3D file storage
  • Custom branded online store
  • Online 3D viewer
  • Order tracking and fulfillment
  • Social media integration
  • Bulk email tools
  • Customer relationship management system
  • Customer support

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Total: $299 to $499 /month


Time Costs

Setup Time
Most other full body 3D scanners take 6-12 hours to setup and can’t be moved without multiple people and large truck.

Time to take a 3D Scan

  1. Open spreadsheet and record customer’s name/email/phone (30 seconds)
  2. Manual calibration of cameras in 3D full body scanner (1-2 minutes)
  3. Take 3D scan (instantaneous)
  4. Download photos from cameras (1-2 minutes)
  5. Group photos into folder and record folder name on spreadsheet with customer name (30 seconds)
  6. Load photos into 3D scanning software and set the correct settings (2 minutes)
  7. Wait for scan to finish processing (30 minutes to 8 hours)**
  8. Save 3D scan to computer (30 seconds)
  9. Upload scan to Sketchfab (1 minute)
  10. Wait for Sketchfab to load model (1-2 minutes)
  11. Input Sketchfab iframe into Shopify (30 seconds)
  12. Email link to customer (30 seconds)

Total person time to run one 3D scan
8.5 minutes to 11 minutes

Total person time to run 100 3D scans (ex/ at mall/event/tourist location)
14 - 18 hours

Computer processing time for 100 3D scans
50 hours to 800 hours

Every time a 3D scan finishes you will need to manually queue the next one on the computer you have plugged in to your 3D scanner. Without automation this means that even after a small event you may be spending days just processing the 3D files into something your customers can see.

Setup Time

The Twinstant v3 Scannere can be setup in 15-20 minutes by 1 person and fits in the back of a regular sedan with the seats flipped down.

Time to take a 3D Scan

  1. Enter in customer details in Twinstant Scanner App (30 seconds)
  2. Auto calibration of cameras (5 seconds)
  3. Take 3D scan (instantaneous)
  4. Auto download photos (5-10 seconds)
  5. Submit photos for processing (5 seconds)
  6. Processing time for 3D scan preview (5-10 minutes)**
  7. Auto email customer link to view 3D scan in online store (0 seconds)


Note: Due to the 5-10 minute processing time for 3D scans on the Twindom Cloud Platform, it is also possible to show a customer their 3D scan on location in the Twinstant Scanner App.

Total person time to run one 3D scan
45 seconds to 55 seconds

Total person time to run 100 3D scans (ex/ at  mall/event/tourist location)
1.5 - 2 hours

Computer processing time for 100 3D scans
0 hours, this is automatically done by the Twindom Cloud Platform, there is no manual queueing of scans.

  **One of the big advantages of the Twindom Cloud Platform is our process automations.

By automatically queueing scans on high-powered cloud servers, there is no need to wait for a 3D scan to finish processing to start the next one.


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