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A Cheap 3-D Scanner Attempts To Bring 3-D Printing To The Masses

A day into its Kickstarter campaign, Fuel3D has almost reached its funding goal for a high-quality 3-D scanner that you use like a point-and-shoot camera.

  • <p>Funding for the 3-D scanner on Kickstarter began yesterday. Since then, Fuel3D has already nearly reached its $75,000 goal.</p>
  • <p>Although 3-D scanners need to take many thousands of measurements to produce high-quality images that go to the printer, Fuel3D claims its scanner is as easy to use as a point-and-shoot camera.</p>
  • <p>A sampling of the kinds of detail the Fuel3D scanner is capable of capturing.</p>
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    | Fuel3D 3-D Scanner

    Funding for the 3-D scanner on Kickstarter began yesterday. Since then, Fuel3D has already nearly reached its $75,000 goal.

  • 02 /05
    | Point-And-Shoot

    Although 3-D scanners need to take many thousands of measurements to produce high-quality images that go to the printer, Fuel3D claims its scanner is as easy to use as a point-and-shoot camera.

  • 03 /05
    | High-Quality Image Capture

    A sampling of the kinds of detail the Fuel3D scanner is capable of capturing.

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The quality of a 3-D printed object depends on the quality of the 3-D images the printer uses as a base model. But the 3-D scanners required to capture those images are often too expensive for hobbyists or independent makers, usually weighing in at several thousand dollars.

A company called Fuel3D is attempting to bring 3-D scanning to the masses by Kickstarting a lightweight 3-D scanner. It acts like a point-and-shoot camera, but the company promises it will deliver high-quality 3-D images for under $1,000. The campaign has raised more than $68,000 of its $75,000 goal since it began yesterday.

Fuel3D says its scanner is capable of extremely high-quality shape and color capture and is nuanced enough to discern the fine lines of a face, the intricately carved grooves of a sculpture, or the feathery petals of a flower.

[Images: Fuel3D]

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