Fuel3D Scanner ready to turn objects into 3D printer files in a snap

Fuel3D has unveiled the first images of the final design for its handheld 3D scanner that aims to make object digitisation as easy as a point and shoot camera.

The Fuel3D Scanner project has raised more than $300,000 on Kickstarter and will be shown off in prototype form at the 3D Printer World Expo in California this week.

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The square design was chosen for its ability to offer maximum stability when shooting objects. This will result in the most accurate colour 3D model of the object which can be viewed live via a tether to a computer. The final design also incorporates a target-finder application that uses flashing LED direction indicators to provide a guide for the user during capture.

Fuel3D is the world’s first mobile 3D scanner to combine pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging to capture and process a 3D model in seconds.

The scanner can be pre-ordered now from £830 - which is really reasonable for this type of technology - and will ship in September 2014.

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