Matterform’s portable 3D scanner render (via Matterform)

There are a host of 3D scanners on the market that allow users to digitize real-world objects on the fly, such as Makerbot’s Digitizer and PrimeSense’s Kinect-like IIIDScan, and while they are great in their own right, they are rather pricey. It’s on that note that Matterform has highlighted their new, more affordable 3D scanner, which also happens to be compact, lightweight and portable to boot. The scanner was first unveiled on Indigogo where it was successfully crowd-funded, managing to garner almost 5-grand with a meager goal of only $81,000. Matterform designed their device around a high-definition camera, which is comprised of a CMOS sensor and dual lasers capable of rendering an object (at a maximum size of 190mm X 190mm X 250mm) within 0.25mm of both the size and detail of the original subject. Depending on the detail of the object, a complete scan can range in time from 5-minutes up to 45-minutes in duration, which isn’t very long when compared to other scanners currently on the market. Scanning an object is done by simply placing the subject on the rotating pedestal and starting the scan process. Once done, the files can be saved in any number of formats, including .STL, .OBJ and .PLY files, which is convenient to say the least. The scanner is also compatible with almost every 3D printer on the market today, which is great for existing users and those looking to buy their first printer. An interesting feature about the scanner is its ability to be folded into a tote the size of a small briefcase, which makes the unit ultra-portable and handy when the object you want to scan is at a different location. Matterform has set a price of $579 for their scanner, making it one of the more affordable units users can by at this point, and is expected to hit the market sometime early this year.


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