When scanning an object, you need to take into consideration the light and shadow. It is always the best practice to try to place the object in such a way so there are literally no shadows visible. Shadows add problems to your scan and leads to a loss of important structure details. Try to place your object in a way that the wider parts are always more visible and can be scanned easily.
If in the event you are seeing high levels of shadowing, then it is acceptable for you to add additional light to reduce the shadow that is being cast on the other parts. If you are using an overhead light, or a lamp, be cautious of any shadow that may be caused by using this method. Light has to be shone over the object with equal levels, having more light shine on certain parts will leave the results lacking in quality, parts that had less light on it will appear darkened in the completed project by the scanners.
It is smart to practice and move around exploring the effects that the surrounding environment has on the scan. By doing this it will help you produce a higher quality project when the time comes to go ahead with the final scan.
Laser scanner equipment is there for you to enjoy, and to explore. Take the time needed to get to know the ins and outs of how the machine functions. Learn how to adapt and change your surroundings in order to get higher quality results.
The resources available that can help you understand the 3d scanning process are endless. Projects are only limited by your own imagination, get creative, hone in your skills and create new designs, or exact replicas of pre-existing designs. Allow your full potential to be accessed and let 3d scanning take you on an exciting innovative adventure.