There are several types of 3D files available as deliverables from Scansite3D. Which 3D file type (format) works best for your project will depend on several factors, including;
(1) What is the intended “downstream” use for the file (3D printing? Inspection? Design changes using CAD software?
(2) What software will be used to achieve the desired result? If the file is going directly to a 3D printer, then this may not be important. But if the user wants to import the file into a downstream CAD software package, then the type of 3D file format becomes very important. For example: An .stl file format may be perfect if the final downstream use is 3D printing, but of limited functionality when imported into CAD software such as Solidworks.
Cost: There are substantial differences between types of 3D “Deliverables”. For example, a “Natively Parametric” CAD file costs more than a point cloud (raw 3D scan data).