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    « The Giz Wiz, Week of Oct 23rd 2014, Show # 1491 | Main | Freewheel, something new and quirky, from Quirky. »

    There are a lot of 3D Printers, here's a new 3D Scanner.

    I don’t know much about 3D Scanners. I only reported on one, the Cubify, a $460 device that’s handheld. I learned about another one at the GetGeeked event. It seems two designers couldn’t afford a high-resolution 3D scanner, so they built their own. When 2000 people backed them on Indiegogo (they anticipated 150), they founded a company, Matter and Form Inc. (formerly Matterform). The company has just delivered its first 2000 3D scanners to designers, artists, gamers, engineers, teachers and creative families all around the world and secured $2 million in investment. Now it's gone into a 2nd production run with 3D scanners from this run slated to start arriving on doorsteps at the end of the October 2014. Matter and Form says their scanner is easy to use right out of the box and capable of color scans rivaling those produced by much more complex and expensive 3D scanners. It works with any 3D printer or online printing service and can scan solid items to create 3D representations in as little as seven minutes. Higher quality scans of larger objects can take as little as 45 minutes. It scan items up to 18cm (7.0 in) diameter x 25cm (9.8 in) height and can capture approximately 2000 points per second for (what they say is) amazing surface detail. Save to .STL, .OBJ, and point cloud .PLY formats. Matter And Form says their $579 retail price tag makes it significantly more affordable than many of its competitors. I’ll be relying on Chad a lot when I talk about this gadget since he’s far more up on 3D scanners than I am. 


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