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Guide to the Ideal 3D Scan

Part III – Scan in a Box PC settings

This guide defines the settings that must be chosen on the PC to guarantee that Scan in a Box will work properly.


In the panel “Screen resolution” (right click on the Desktop background, screen resolution), the right settings for the projector are “Resolution: 1280x800” and “Multiple displays: Extend these displays” (ref. fig. 62).

risoluzione del secondo monitor
Figure 62: second monitor resolution setting.

Select “Make text and other items larger or smaller” and then “Let me choose one scaling level for all my displays” and the character “Smaller – 100%” (ref. fig. 63)

personalizzazione dello schermo
Figure 63: display appearance and personalization.

To make these changes effective, sign out from the user account and then login again. In Windows 10, the sign out must be done explicitly whereas in older versions of Windows it will be proposed automatically by a popup window.


Correct recognition of the cameras
In order to check the cameras connection and their correct recognition, open the “Device manager” and by expanding “USB Controller (Universal Serial Bus)” two device “uEye UI-154xLE Series” must be listed (ref. fig. 64).

gestione dispositivi
Figure 64: cameras recognition into “Device Manager”.

If the cameras are not listed, there are connection problems. Some possible causes are:
  • not suitable USB subsystem;
  • incorrect driver installation;
  • USB cables not properly connected or faulty;
  • faulty cameras.
If this situation will occur, verify that the PC satisfies the requirements for the USB subsystem (500 mA power delivering) that is often the case for laptop PCs; execute a complete installation of IDEA, so that all the required drivers will be installed; in case that the problem persists, please contact the Scan in a Box support.
Optimal camera settings
The USB controller installed on some PCs does not allows to reach the best performances during the image acquisition, causing slow downs both in scanning and in live mode. In this situations, it may be useful to follow these steps to optimize the data transfer between the PC and the scanner.
In order to guarantee an optimal power delivery to the cameras, open the “Power options” panel through the start menu and follow the configuration steps as shown in these figures (ref. fig. 65 to 69):

ricerca opzioni risparmio energetico
Figure 65: “Power options” search into the start menu.

impostazioni risparmio energetico
Figure 66: change power options.

 impostazioni avanzate di risparmio  energetico
Figure 67: change advanced power settings.

impostazione selettiva USB
Figure 68: USB selective suspend setting.

parametro da disabilitare
Figure 69: set the drop down menu to “Disabled”.

Change the parameter in the drop down menu to “Disabled” and confirm the operation by clicking on the “Apply” button.

Data transfer optimization
Open the Windows file explorer and go to the following directory:

Cartella System32
Figure 70: System32 directory in File explorer.

On the up-right search bar, write “IdsCameraManager.exe” (ref. fig. 71).

Ricerca di IdsCameraManager
Figure 71: search for IdsCameraManager.

By double clicking on the icon, the program will start and a window, in which there is a list of the cameras connected to the system, will appear (ref. fig. 72).

Figure 72: IdsCameraManager.

Select “Additional functions” and check the two options “Disable (battery power)” and “Disable (mains power)” in the “CPU Idle states” box. Set the “Bulk transfer size” to 128kB (ref. fig. 73).

Impostazioni avanzate  trasferimento dati
Figure 73: data transfer advanced settings.

Restart the PC to make these changes effective.

Graphic card

Nvidia graphic cards
The following configuration is valid only for Nvidia graphic cards. It is advised to use the latest stable release of the graphics drivers for 3D applications (WHQL certified drivers). Open the Nvidia control panel (right click on the desktop background) (ref. fig. 74).

pannello Nvidia attivato da menù contestuale sul desktop
Figure 74: the Nvidia control panel activated by the desktop context menu.

In the tab “Manage 3d settings” select “Add” to create a new personalized profile for IDEA the Software using the following settings (ref. fig. 75):

gestione delle impostazioni 3D
Figure 75: manage 3d settings.

add the software indicating the path where “IDEA The Software” has been installed, usually
C:\Program Files\IDEA 1.0 (ref. fig. 76)
 programma in un nuovo profilo personalizzato
Figure 76: add an application in a new personalized profile.

If IDEA has already been run previously, it may already be present in the program list (ref. fig. 77).

Scelta di IDEA nel profilo personalizzato
Figure 77: IDEA choice in the customized profile.

Otherwise, select “IDEA.exe” and confirm by clicking on “Open” (ref. fig. 78).

Scelta di IDEA nel profilo personalizzato
Figure 78: choice of IDEA by indicating the path on the disk for the personalized profile.

Set the preferred graphic processor to “High performance Nvidia processor” and confirm by clicking on “Apply” (ref. fig. 79).

 Associazione ad IDEA del processore Nvidia ad alte prestazioni
Figure 79: association of the high performance Nvidia processor to IDEA.

In order to have a proof that the process has been executed correctly, launch IDEA. In the “Rendering” menu (Tools Options Rendering) check that the dedicated graphic cards is properly shown in the panel (ref. fig. 80).

Pannello delle opzioni di resa in IDEA
Figure 80: rendering option panel in IDEA.
Other brands graphic cards
It is not recommended to use graphic cards other than Nvidia. If visualization problems will arise, unselect “Use advanced rendering” from the “Rendering” options panel in IDEA (ref. fig. 80).