Fuel3D Affordable Point-and-Shoot 3D Scanner To Complement Your 3D Printer, Now on Kickstarter

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When the folks behind Fuel3D say they have a 3D camera scanner, they’re not talking about a simple stereoscopic device; rather the Fuel3D is a “fully 3D surface scanner consisting of a large number of physical and color measurements” including geometric stereo and photometric stereo data, which it then combines to create the image.

The kicker is that the device—which kind of resembles a Roomba--costs under $1,000, and it works just like a point-and-shoot camera. You simply attach a tag called a target to the person or object you want to scan and snap the picture. Then, you can work with the image and export it in a variety of formats.

Fuel3D camera scanner


Fuel3D is designed for everyone from makers to game developers to artists to industrial applications, and it will be ready to go in nine months. The camera should be a boon to 3D printing, as it provides a fast, accurate way to generate an image to be printed.

Fuel3D camera scanner


The team is looking for some help on Kickstarter; they need $75,000 to finalize the product design, optimize manufacturing and price, fine-tune the software, and develop the ability to work with third-party applications. If you want in on the ground floor, now’s the time.
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realneil replied on Wed, Jul 31 2013 7:58 PM

This is cool technology.

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Dave_HH replied on Wed, Jul 31 2013 8:41 PM

We need to get one of these in and pair it with a printer! Just too cool.

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Clixxer replied on Thu, Aug 1 2013 1:26 AM

Great more stuff I want to have. Looks like this goes on the wishlist of things me and a buddy have been wanting with being very close to the top of the list for things to jointly buy is a 3D printer. 

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SalemLowe replied on Fri, Aug 2 2013 10:49 AM

Awesome article. Camera looks neat. Too bad "hothardware" is one of those lame websites that don't provide external links, cause it could be promising. As it is now, I won't be adding this website to my favorites.

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I've just backed these guys on Kickstarter: http://kck.st/13ygzkR - I also own a Form1 3d printer and can't wait to see what i am able to produce using both together. The price through the current KS campaign, although you are required to wait for it's manufacture, is very cheap @ $1,000 which is a discounted price from the $1,500 retail. They were also pretty helpful over Twitter - very happy to answer any questions

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Dude...there's a "Via" link at the bottom of every single article...underneath the social media links.

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