I'm in the same boat, except I didn't buy both. I have a nextengine scanner and i only got the minimum basic package, not the additional $2,500 worth of software. I have not been able to use it effectively. My part is too big to spin so I'd like to scan in sections and align the sections together.
It seems like it's good scanning surfaces normal to the laser, but if the surface isn't normal, then it doesn't even show up. I got the white hairspray on the part.
I suspect I'd get better results if I could spin the part?
I would really like to befriend somebody that's mastered one of these and wouldn't mind a phone call or two from me.
the microscribe reminds me of a Faro Arm. I've seen Faro arm demos and they seem to work magnificently for creating full and complete surfaces. So I though all scanners were this great.
My first plan was to get a used Faro arm that was in my price range. So I did the ebay craigslist route and lined some stuff up. Got the model numbers and sent an email to Faro support asking if they would support something like this. The response I got was that Faro does not feel obliged to support product that is no longer part of their current product line!
Looks like they're creating a great opportunity for somebody inclined to start "Faro Obsolete, Inc." to fill the support void this policy would create?