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  1. Just sent you it via DM. For anyone else reading this thread, I did want to note that while we're still offering a promo code to try Canvas's Scan To CAD service, we've changed our pricing model since I made my initial post. Instead of charging on a "per scan" basis, we now charge by the square foot - $0.15/square foot (referring to the floor area, not the square footage of scanned walls, etc). If you're interested in trying Canvas's Scan To CAD service, I'm able to share a code for $30 off your first use, which will cover 200 square feet.
  2. My apologies for not replying sooner, I'm just seeing this now. Canvas's Scan To CAD service only works on scans captured by the Canvas app itself. Our process relies on data captured with the app, so at this time, we're unable to process any point cloud or 3D mesh data captured with other devices/platforms.
  3. Thanks for your questions. In terms of cost effectiveness, we charge $0.15/square foot for Chief Architect files. So, a 2,000 square foot home would cost $300. Accuracy is about 99% - you can read about that here. However, you do have the ability to supplement the scan with laser measure readings for critical measurements by emailing our support team after submitting your scan to Scan To CAD - you can read more about that process here. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
  4. Hi Mike, We are still working on it and don't have an updated ETA. It is important to note that currently there are only a few Android devices that have a depth sensor (known as a Time of Flight sensor in the Android world) - the Galaxy S20+ and S20 Ultra. Canvas's 98-99% accuracy depends on using a depth sensor, such as Apple's LiDAR sensors on the iPad Pro and iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max. To properly set your expectations, unless you own an Android device with a ToF sensor, accuracy will be closer to 95%. If you are interested in using Canvas in your professional workflow, we strongly r
  5. I wanted to share a case study we just completed with Thornton Weiler, an architect in the San Francisco Bay Area. Thornton uses Canvas's Scan To CAD service to create Chief Architect as-builts. He credits Canvas with driving a 25% increase in revenue, increasing his schematic design profit by $1,500 - $2,000 per project, and saving about 14 hours in labor per project. Please reach out to me at if you're interested in trying it out for yourself. I'm happy to share a code for up to $30 off your first Scan To CAD order, which will cover 200 square feet. Canvas
  6. Congrats on your first scan. And thanks for bringing up our revised pricing structure. Most of our customers are used to thinking in square feet, so if you know you're going to be scanning a 2,000 square feet house, it's easy to calculate the cost of your Scan To CAD order (2,000 x $0.15 = $300). Please share your experience with the community. And don't hesitate to reach out if I can be of help in any way!
  7. I'm glad you're interested! Send me a PM on the board or send me an email at and I can share a code with you for a free scan. I do want to let you know that it'll likely take way less than 90 minutes, unless you're scanning an enormous home. While Canvas isn't designed to scan exteriors, we do have customers who do it. The caveat is that the range of the LiDAR sensor is about 15 feet, so you'll encounter challenges scanning anything above the first story of a building. Here's more information from our FAQ about using Canvas outdoors.
  8. I'm sorry to hear you had issues with your Canvas scan! That certainly shouldn't happen -- it's possible we weren't able to recognize the door properly due to it not being captured fully in the scan, the door being opened in the middle of scanning it, or something else. Hard to say, but I'd absolutely be happy to look into it for you because I wouldn't want you to walk away with the feeling that that just happens Feel free to message me privately, email me at, or engage here if you'd like to discuss the errors in your Chief Architect file.
  9. Thank you for the suggestion about incorporating critical measurements during the scanning process. We are already working on implementing an easier method to add manual measurements, but seeing your comment helps validate our decision to do so. At this point, we don't support devices other than iPads and iPhones, but are working on supporting Android devices.
  10. We actually are already working on bringing our tech to Android! We don't have an exact ETA to share, but that's the next step for us in terms of platform. We also do have plans to incorporate laser distance meter measurements as a means of augmenting the flow I described above for adding critical dimensions: We have many customers who are Windows users - they use Chief Architect (or one of our other output formats) on that platform, but have purchased the $799 iPad Pro for scanning, as they find that it's a re
  11. Totally fair to call out that that kind of tolerance won't work for every project and use case. Like any other tool, 3D capture has uses where it's a game-changer on its own, uses where it needs a bit of help, and uses where it's not the right fit at all. For example, if you're ordering and installing custom cabinetry and have a super tight (1/16") tolerance, you're probably going to want to take those measurements manually. But that would be true of most 3D scanning solutions outside of the super-high-end tripod scanners, usually in the $5K or even $10K+ range, and usually, they take hours mo
  12. Thanks for the question! You can read more about accuracy here. But, here’s the short answer: If you are using Canvas with a LiDAR-enabled iPad or iPhone (includes most Pro models launched since 2020), most measurements should be within 1-2% of what's verified manually with a tape measure, laser distance meter, or existing blueprint.
  13. Hi, I'm Ben with Canvas. Canvas is an app that turns your iPad or iPhone into a power tool: you can scan rooms in seconds, entire homes in minutes, and capture every measurement in a space. You immediately get an accurate 3D model of the space on your device that you can refer to anytime, share with others, and get any measurement on demand. Remodelers and architects renovating existing spaces can then use our Scan To CAD service to get design-ready, professional-grade, and editable files in two business days. Our existing customers call this "the easy button" for creating as-builts.