Making a high-quality 3D model with a drone has never been easier

Creating a drone-generated 3D model has always been part art and part science. But at DroneDeploy it’s our goal to make it simpler for anyone—no matter their skill level—to make high-quality maps and 3D models using our software. That’s why we’re excited to announce our Structures Mode.

3D Models. Simplified.

Structures Mode is designed to simplify the data capture process for anyone who wants to make a good 3D model.

So how does it work? Structures Mode captures oblique images from the perimeter of your mission plan, facing towards the center of your subject— while making sure not to include the horizon in the shots.

The best part? Structures Mode automatically collects the lowest number of images required to make a good model. Instead of needing hundreds of images, you can now get crisp models with dozens of photos. This means that your model will process faster in the cloud and you won’t have to wait as long for a finished product.

How to Use Structures Mode

Using Structures mode is easy. In the app’s flight plan settings, enable “Structures Mode” with a flip of the toggle. This allows you to automatically capture predefined photos of a structure located at the center of your map during flight.

Enable Structures Mode when planning your flight in DroneDeploy.

Here is an example of a recent model we made of our office. This model was made with just 40 images captured in less than ten minutes.

This high definition 3D model was made using just 40 images collected using the new Structures Mode.

Supported Hardware

We built this feature for recent DJI Drones, released since the Phantom 4. Please take a look at our list of Supported Drones to learn more about the compatibility of your drone and the DroneDeploy flight app.

So what are you waiting for? Give Structures Mode a try during your next flight.

Where to Learn More

  • Learn more about Structures Mode and making 3D models with DroneDeploy here.
  • Read our blog post to get expert tips on making accurate 3D models with your drone here.
  • New to drone mapping? Read our top 10 tips for making your first map with DroneDeploy here.
  • Don’t forget to check out our online resources and webinar series to get expert tips and advice for putting drones to work in agriculture, construction, and more!

Get Started with DroneDeploy

Want to learn how DroneDeploy can help your business? Visit to start your free trial or request a consultation with one of our team members. The DroneDeploy mobile application is available for free download for both iOS and Android devices.

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