Browser-Based 3D Scanning to Unleash the Potential of 3D Printing?

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Yesterday we mentioned the importance of 3D scanning technology’s role in unlocking the creativity within the 3D printing industry and told you about Fuel3D, a handheld 3D scanner project that had just launched on Kickstarter and which promises to delivery very high quality 3D models of the real-world objects around you for just $1000.  That project is now 120% funded with $90,729 raised.

Today, and even simpler and more affordable solution, The 3D Scan-to-Print Web App, launched on Kickstarter with a service that uses inexpensive depth sensors (the same kind used by Xbox Kinect) to stream data to a cloud-based service that quickly produces 3D textured models suitable for 3D printing.

That’s the promise of 3D scanning: the ability to scan an object just like you would scan a document. If we could do that, we could unlock the full creative potential of the objects around us.

It works as a combination of inexpensive sensor hardware and sophisticated cloud-based software.  Log in to their web service, plug in a $300 depth sensor via USB, walk around the object you want to scan, wait for processing and then click “print” to get a clone either via an online printing service or on your own 3D printer.

Check it out on Kickstarter

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