The Matterform 3D Scanner was shared with the public at CES 2014 with the official launch occurring next month. The Matterform 3D Scanner claims to be the world’s first affordable high-resolution 3D scanner. The device wants to provide designers, small businesses, makers, hobbyists and creative families the ability to capture and manipulate physical objects and share the resulting 3D images right from their studio, office, and home.
Matterform raised funds via one of the most successful Indiegogo tech campaigns ever in 13th place as of today. Created by two friends both located in Toronto, Ontario, 1160 backers contributed $471,082 CAD to this campaign which had a funding goal of only $81,000. The two partnered with Trevor Townsend to aid in their highly successful campaign. Originally scheduled to ship this past November in a Reddit AMA Trevor shared the first batch for Indiegogo supporters are scheduled to ship later this month as they pass certification and production ramps. Backers were originally able to get the hot device for $349.00, a significant discount versus the pre-order price of $579 listed on the Matterform site today.
The Matterform 3D Scanner claims to be capable of color scans rivaling those produced by much more expensive and harder-to-use 3D scanners. It works with any 3D printer or online printing service, and allows users to scan solid items to create intricate, high-resolution, 3D representations in as little as five minutes.
“We thought it would be popular with the hacker/maker crowd,” said Brandejs, “but the applications are much broader than that. We’ve had interest from designers, artists, archeologists, dentists and even parents who want to scan their kids’ artwork.”
At the heart of the Matterform’s technology is a high-definition camera that produces accurate, detailed color scans at resolution qualities that match or top what the more expensive scanners can achieve. Artists, inventors and hobbyists will be able to upload their scanned images to Matterform’s community platform to showcase and share with a growing collective of 3D designers, artists and makers.
“I love working in real clay to sculpt characters,” said Jonathan Paine, a sculptor and character modeler on films like Pixar’s The Incredibles and Ratatouille, “but it’s been prohibitively expensive for me to use a 3D scanner at my home office. The Matterform lets me scan my pieces with ease and be pleased with the quality of the scan. It’s as simple as turning it on and pressing a button, making it easy for me to sculpt, scan, and model.”
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