Archives for the category: 3D scanners

August 25, 2015

MobileFusion: Research project turns regular mobile phone into 3D scanner

A new Microsoft Research project lets people to create high-quality 3D images in real time, using a regular mobile phone, with about the same effort it takes to snap a picture or capture a video. [Inside Microsoft Research Blog via TheNextWeb]

quotemarksright.jpgWhat this system effectively allows us to do is to take something similar to a picture, but it's a full 3D object," said Peter Ondruska, a Ph.D. candidate at Oxford University who worked on the project while he was an intern at Microsoft Research.y/p>

The researchers say the system, called MobileFusion, is better than other methods for 3D scanning with a mobile device because it doesn't need any extra hardware, or even an Internet connection, to work. That means scientists in remote locations or hikers deep in the woods can capture their surroundings using a regular cell phone without a Wi-Fi connection.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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November 15, 2013

Rubicon 3D aims to bring fast, simple 3D scanning to the masses


A simple, yet powerful 3D scanner, the Rubicon 3D uses a webcam and some lasers to turn objects into 3D models. The Guardian reports.

quotemarksright.jpgIt's available for $320 on Kickstarter, having previously lead a successful funding round on Indiegogo and already smashed its $8,000 funding target on Kickstarter.

The Rubicon 3D is powered by a arduino and takes about three minutes to complete a full scan of an object.

The Rubicon 3D can only scan objects up to 160mm in diameter and 250mm tall, which means larger objects can’t be scanned easily by the current set up. It also requires that you provide your own webcam, which can affect the resolution and therefore quality of the scan.

Compared to most other 3D scanners on the market, including the MakerBot Digitizer, the Rubicon 3D is one-quarter of the cost, while operating faster and with a similar accuracy. It is also compact and simple to use, making 3D object scanning quick and easy.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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September 18, 2013

The World’s First 3-D Scanner For iPad Is Blowing Up On Kickstarter

Scanning and reproducing objects just got a lot easier now that you can take your iPad out into the world and record the dimensions of just about anything. FastCompany reports.

quotemarksright.jpgOne of the most interesting applications for 3-D printing is duplicating things you have around the house or office. But to duplicate something, you need a 3-D scanner, not just a printer. While hackers have answered the 3-D-scanning challenge by repurposing a Kinect to take 3-D printer-quality scans, it’s still chained to your desk. But no more! Occipital’s Structure sensor device turns your iPad into a mobile 3-D scanning beast, letting you roam around the world and scan things in the wild to 3-D print later.

If you need more convincing than the extensive testimonials in the Structure’s Kickstarter video, consider its crowdfunding progress: Since launching this morning, it’s made $40,000 out of its $100,000 goal.quotesmarksleft.jpg

[via FastCompany]

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August 23, 2013

Makerbot Digitizer: Desktop 3D scanner goes on sale

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The BBC reports on Makerbot's new desktop device that can quickly scan objects so they can be replicated using a 3D printer has gone on sale.

quotemarksright.jpgThe Makerbot Digitizer, which costs $1,400 (£900), will be shipped to the first buyers in October.

Demand for the machine appeared to overload the company's store when it went on sale on Thursday evening.

The Digitizer is the latest product looking to bring 3D printing to mainstream technology users - but experts are sceptical.

The machine is designed to allow the replication of objects without any need for the user to learn any 3D modelling software or have any other special expertise.

It works by pointing several lasers at the object and detecting contours in the surface.

It also allows users to upload their 3D designs directly to Thingiverse, a website where 3D designs can be shared.

The time it takes to scan an object varies, but one demonstration involving a small gnome was said to take around 12 minutes.

"The MakerBot Digitizer is for early adopters, experimenters, and visionaries who want to be pioneers in Desktop 3D Scanning," the company says.

"This includes, but is not limited to, architects, designers, creative hobbyists, educators, and artists."

However, Makerbot has made it clear that the scanner is not suitable for intricate designs and that users should not expect "too much" from the machine.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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August 16, 2013

3D scanners are getting cheap so fast, the age of 3D piracy could soon be upon us

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Quartz on the rise of cheap 3D scanners and copyright violations surely looming ahead.

quotemarksright.jpgJust two weeks ago we wrote about the Fuel3D, a device for scanning 3D objects so you can replicate them on a 3D printer, with a proposed price tag of around $1,000. Now MakerBot, the leading maker of desktop 3D printers, is launching its own 3D scanner next week, which is estimated to retail around $500.

At such prices, we could be about to enter an era that pundits have been wringing their hands about for some time: the age in which it’s possible to rip, mix and print physical objects with the same ease that was once reserved for music and other media. Indeed, US copyright czar Victoria Espinel has warned that it could lead to an increase in counterfeit and pirated goods.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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August 5, 2013

Two inexpensive 3D handheld scanners

One of the biggest obstacles to at-home 3D printing is the difficulty of designing objects to print, but the days of struggling to learn CAD or trawling for templates online may be over. [via Quartz via nextgov]

quotemarksright.jpg 3D scanners aren’t new, but other handheld devices cost upwards of $15,000. But now, Fuel3D as just launched (and, in one day, successfully funded) a Kickstarter for a handheld, point-and-shoot, full color 3D scanner. That means you can now print anything you can take a picture of—for about $1,000.quotesmarksleft.jpg


Another scanner, spotted on PSFK, is Matterform’s Photon 3D scanner, a lightweight, portable scanner that can scan physical objects and create digital files ready for 3D printing.

quotemarksright.jpgThe Photon allows anyone to take a physical object and turn it into a digital 3D model on your computer. From there, users can print their file on any 3D printer or online printing service, or use the model you created in an animation or video game.

It’s lightweight, portable, and compact, making it easy to integrate into any home workspace. The product, which was successfully backed on crowdfunding site Indiegogo will retail for approximately $575.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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Product page on Fuel 3D. Video demo of the Photon.

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March 23, 2013

This Ear-Canal Scanner Lets You 3-D Print the Inside of Your Head

screen-shot-2013-03-22-at-9-05-32-am.png Lantos Technologies, a small startup spun out of MIT, has created the first FDA-cleared digital ear-canal scanner. Wired reports.

quotemarksright.jpgIn place of messy resins, the Lantos Scanner inserts a small video camera into the ear. A flexible membrane surrounding the camera is filled with a specially formulated dye and conforms to the ear canal while the camera captures hundreds of images, including pictures of the ear canal in movement, that are stitched together to create a topographical map of the ear canal suitable for 3-D printing.

The data is then sent to a manufacturer and a hearing aid is produced, or potentially 3-D printed onsite as that technology continues to mature.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 8:34 AM | permalink

March 9, 2013

MakerBot unveils desktop device that can scan small three-dimensional objects

130308180856-makerbot-scanner-gnomes-story-body.jpg Bre Pettis, co-founder of Makerbot, at SXSW on Friday unveiled a desktop device that can scan small three-dimensional objects. Called a MakerBot Digitizer, it's meant to complement the company's Replicator printer. CNN reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe Digitizer uses two lasers and a webcam to scan objects up to about 8 inches in diameter (Pettis brought a small plastic garden gnome as an example.) The process takes less than three minutes.

The scanner will hit the market this fall. Pettis did not say how much but it should be within reach of most small-business owners.quotesmarksleft.jpg

You can sign up to get information and find out when the MakerBot Digitizer will go on sale. In the signup form.

Read full article and full press release.

emily | 8:28 AM | permalink

February 25, 2013

Now you can use iPhone as a 3D Scanner

Three-dimensional scanners are expensive – thousands of dollars for industrial models. Now there’s a 3D scanner for your phone, which does many of the things industrial models do for only $300.

quotemarksright.jpgThe app, Moedls, runs on an iPhone and iPad and uses a consumer-quality laser, a turntable and a simple box to do professional-level 3D scanning. It was invented by John Fehr, an inventor with a number of Kickstarter projects under his belt.quotesmarksleft.jpg

[via Mashable]

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January 5, 2013

Open source D3D scanner from 3D Creations

3D Creations, a US reseller of affordable 3D printers and 3D scanners, is currently developing a low-cost open source 3D scanner called D3D 3D scanner.

[via @3DersOrg. Watch D3D Scanner Instructional Video]

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