Creaform announced the latest generation of its automated inspection solution, the MetraSCAN 3D R-Series, which features drastically improved cycle times to further support industrial production control.

With seven built-in laser crosses, the system can now pick up to 480,000 measurements/second on complex surfaces with high reflectivity, providing faster data acquisition than ever before. Attuned to the needs and requirements of high-volume manufacturing operations, the robot-mounted optical-based 3D scanners seamlessly integrate within any working environments and without impeding the production workflow.

“By extending our optical-based 3D scanning technology to automated quality control processes, Creaform meets the market’s call for turnkey inspection solutions that can be seamlessly integrated right into the manufacturing stage,” explained Jérôme-Alexandre Lavoie, Product Manager at Creaform. “Along with enhanced shop-floor performance, the new MetraSCAN 3D R-Series enhancements capitalize on several application-oriented key features, such as an optimized robot reach to enable fast measurements of large parts with complex geometries. Its small shop-floor footprint and shop-floor-ready accessories provide easy control of the scanner parameters for maximum operator safety. Along with TRUaccuracy, it is also compatible with a turntable. This advancement in automated 3D metrology is a big step forward in informed manufacturing and production, and underscores Creaform’s core values: versatility, flexibility and ease of use.”

In addition to its rugged new design, the MetraSCAN 3D R-Series also features new glass-protected positioning targets that can withstand harsh environmental conditions and ensure overall improved durability in shop-floor environments, such as airborne dust or dirt, that could impact product lifecycle and require unnecessary and repetitive calibrations.

The MetraSCAN 3D R-Series is now available for ordering.

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com/en/metrology-solutions/robot-mounted-optical-cmm-scanners-metrascan-r

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LMI Technologies is pleased to announce the official launch of the HDI Advance R4x 3D scanner. Designed for industrial metrology customers who need a versatile measuring solution, the HDI Advance R4x is a high-precision scanner that quickly generates 3D models and offers unmatched flexibility for scanner setup.

The HDI Advance R4x's new industrial design and improved performance make it the ideal scanner for the industrial metrology market. Compared to the R3x, the R4x's accuracy has been increased by 20% with higher resolution cameras and projector.

Notable features include a highly stable carbon-fibre bar for mounting cameras (and DLSR) that allows customers to use the scanner over extended periods of time without the need for recalibration; the ability to set the cameras at fixed positions and angles and scan objects with various fields of view and measurement ranges using the same scanner; and a high end scanning engine (FlexScan3D) that automatically aligns scans, edits 3D models, exports the 3D models into various industry formats and automates the user's processing workflow through a powerful and easy-to-use scripting environment.

“With the HDI R4x we’ve delivered a more accurate and flexible scanner for industrial metrology applications like automotive and aerospace parts inspection, including wear and tear analysis for mechanical parts such as pumps and valves, and reverse engineering for CAD model reconstruction” said Chi Ho Ng, Director Product Management at LMI Technologies.

The release includes an update to the HDI's FlexScan3D software to version 3.3.5 to fully support the HDI Advance R4x higher resolution cameras and projector. Also, all Nikon models and Canon EOS Rebel Tx family DSLR cameras for color texture are now fully supported in FlexScan3D 3.3.5.

For more information, visit: www.lmitechnologies.com/products/hdi-advance

Published in LMI Technologies

For more than 20 years Perceptron has pioneered the use of laser scanners on portable and fixed coordinate measuring machines. With the fast-growing application of 3D laser scanning for reverse engineering, production-part dimensional inspection, and as a compliment to 3D printing, Perceptron has introduced the world’s first green laser-line metrology scanner. Highly reflective materials such as machined aluminum and carbon fiber composites have always been a challenge for laser scanners, requiring part spraying with a powder coat, which severely inhibits its practical use on repetitive production parts.

The new generation of ScanR CMM Laser Scanner represents a technological breakthrough solving many of the age-old application problems associated with laser scanning and provides the following enhanced performances:

  • Enhanced dynamic range (Wider coverage of color spectrum and reflectivity)
  • Improved material coverage (Carbon fiber, polished metal, plated metal)
  • Increased accuracy (Thinner laser line with higher signal to noise ratio)
  • Improved edge detection (Sub-pixel optimization)
  • Adjustable data acquisition rate for HQ (high quality) and HS (high speed) operation
  • Large field of view and depth of view
  • Universal adaptability for any brand of CMM or PCMM
  • Laser and electronics package fully contained in the scanner head


ScanR is seamlessly integrated into Perceptron’s TouchDMIS™ metrology software, offering a simple one-touch scanning interface and allowing initial user set-up using tactile-probe with subsequent sharing of the generated part coordinate system. Feature extraction from the generated point cloud allows automatic inspection of part features against nominal feature definitions selected from CAD. Production parts can be programmed to be inspected automatically with scanning zone and parameters adjusted per feature for data acquisition and cycle time optimization.

For more information, visit: www.perceptron.com

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Artec 3D, a developer and manufacturer of professional 3D software and hardware, announced the launch of its latest professional-grade handheld 3D scanner, the Space Spider. The new high-resolution scanner is the first important upgrade of the Spider scanner, named best hardware at this year’s Solidworks World, since its launch in 2013. Space Spider was inspired by the space industry; it is equipped with an enhanced cooling system that allows it to operate at a constant temperature throughout the entire scanning process, guaranteeing maximum accuracy and a better user experience.

The Space Spider’s advanced cooling system keeps it from becoming overheated, a common problem for electronics in space stations, but also on Earth, especially in hot geographic areas, industrial laboratories, and other places with important variations in temperature. The heat buildup can cause a number of operating problems and safety concerns. However, Artec 3D’s Space Spider design resolves this problem, eliminating the need for human intervention to prevent overheating.

“Imagine the potential of using 3D scanning technology on the international space station paired with a 3D printer,” said Artyom Yukhin, president and CEO of Artec 3D. “The Space Spider boasts an enhanced cooling system that allows the user to capture accurate 3D data more rapidly. This handheld scanner can endure some of the most difficult situations on Earth and has been engineered to perform in nearly zero-gravity environments when called upon.”

Using blue LED lights, the Space Spider can precisely scan a variety of objects of all sizes, even those with sharp edges, moving parts or textured surfaces, in high resolution. It captures objects with an accuracy of up to 50 microns and resolution of up to 100 microns, making it ideal for CAD as well as reverse engineering and additive manufacturing. The scanner is delivered ready to use and requires no recalibration.

Space Spider retails for $27,600 and will be sold alongside Artec 3D’s two other high-quality handheld scanners, the Artec Spider and Artec Eva.

For more information, visit: www.artec3d.com/hardware/artec-spider

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Fuel3D, a developer of 3D scanning solutions, announced the launch of SCANIFY, a handheld, point-and-shoot 3D scanner built to enable consumers and professionals to 3D scan objects in high-resolution shape and color in under a second.

SCANIFY is designed for a range of 3D applications, such as 3D printing and personalization, as well as on-screen applications like 3D art and animation. Without the ability to transform real-world objects into high-quality 3D models quickly and cost effectively, consumers cannot fully realize the potential of 3D printing. SCANIFY puts the power of 3D creation directly into consumers’ hands.

“When we set out to create SCANIFY, our goal was to democratize the 3D movement for consumers and, in particular, to allow for the personalization of their creations,” said Stuart Mead, CEO, Fuel3D. “SCANIFY allows consumers to transform highly-complex subjects – such as the human face – into high-detail, full-color 3D scans as quickly as they could take a photo using a digital camera.”

Since generating worldwide attention through a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013, Fuel3D has secured millions in private investment and signed retail and distribution partners across the world in preparation for the launch of SCANIFY. Based on technology developed at Oxford University, SCANIFY breaks down the cost and technical barriers that have limited consumer adoption of 3D scanning and printing.

SCANIFY is groundbreaking in three key ways:

  • Speed: SCANIFY combines pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging to capture a 3D image in a tenth of a second. This rapid speed of capture gives SCANIFY a unique ability to scan subjects that may move during capture.

  • Ease of Use: SCANIFY mimics the intuitive point-and-shoot technology of digital cameras while delivering fast, high-resolution shape and color capture for a range of 3D modeling applications.

  • Affordability: Able to capture color detail down to 350 microns (0.35mm), and priced at $1,490.00 (excluding tax), SCANIFY is less than one tenth the cost of professional handheld 3D scanning systems that capture a similar level of detail.

SCANIFY comes with Fuel3D Studio software, which allows scans to be manipulated and exported to popular file formats for 3D printing and on-screen applications. This allows consumers to capture everyday objects as accurate, 3D models (with color) for printing, animation and other applications.

SCANIFY is currently available to U.S. consumers for preorder via the Fuel3D online store, with shipment expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015 and general retail availability expected in the second quarter of 2015.

For more information, visit: www.fuel-3d.com

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Fuel3D, a developer of 3D scanning solutions, announced that it has closed a funding round totaling $6.4 million (£4 million). This funding builds on the company's initial $2.6 million (£1.6 million) funding secured earlier this year and paves the way for the commercial launch of the company's consumer scanner product in 2015.

The funding round was led by Chimera Partners and will be used to ramp-up Fuel3D's production, customer support and international retail distribution after it delivers on its Kickstarter and pre-order commitments.

In addition, Fuel3D will use the funding to expand the scope of the company's technology to address commercial opportunities in a range of vertical markets through its Fuel3D Labs division, including biometrics and eyewear.

"The initial interest shown by investors in Fuel3D has only been increased since the first funding round and we are very pleased to have been oversubscribed in this round of fundraising," said Ben Gill of Chimera Partners and Chairman of Fuel3D. "The company continues to impress with its commitment to product development goals and has also made very significant inroads into developing new commercial applications and relationships."

In 2013, Fuel3D raised over $300,000 for the development of an affordable, high resolution handheld 3D scanner through its successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The company has expanded rapidly in response to global demand and now has distributors in 23 countries around the world as well as manufacturing operations in Asia.

With its commercial launch expected in early 2015, the Fuel3D scanner is currently in beta-testing with the company's Kickstarter backers.

"This funding round will take Fuel3D through the full commercial launch of our scanner next year, and will allow us to invest in new talent and infrastructure, including growing our operations in the United States," said Stuart Mead, CEO, Fuel3D. "In tandem with our consumer product development, we will also be using the funding to further develop our intellectual property so that we can capitalize on the ongoing interest we receive from international brands in applying our technology in new verticals beyond 3D printing."

Fuel3D has developed an affordable handheld 3D scanner that delivers fast, high-resolution shape and color capture for a range of 3D modeling applications, such as 3D printing, as well as on-screen applications like 3D art, animation and game development. The scanner's ability to accurately capture color 3D models of the human form is ideally suited to the rapidly growing trend of personalization.

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

Fuel3D is a developer of advanced 3D scanning systems and solutions. Originally developed for the medical imaging sector, the Fuel3D technology has been adapted for the broader 3D market, with the goal of bringing the benefits of point-and-shoot 3D imaging to consumers, professionals and businesses. Since raising more than $300,000 and generating worldwide attention through its successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013, the company has gone from strength to strength, raising a further $2.6 million in private investment and signing retail and distribution partners across the world.

Based on technology developed by Professor Ron Daniel, Lecturer in Engineering Science at Oxford University, Fuel3D is today led by Stuart Mead, CEO, a veteran of several successful global technology ventures, and supported by an expert team of hardware and software engineers and scientists.

For more information, visit: www.fuel-3D.com

Published in Fuel3D

XYZprinting announced that its da Vinci 1.0 AiO (all–in-one) 3D printer plus scanner is now shipping in the U.S. market. Priced at just $799, XYZprinting has drastically reduced the barrier to entry to 3D printing through simplifying the printing process and offering this combo unit at a consumer and SMB-friendly price-point.

“With 3D printing continuing to gain traction across a variety of markets, including education, design, fashion, medical and automotive, the possibilities are just beginning to be realized,” said Simon Shen, CEO of XYZprinting. “The Da Vinci 1.0 AiO was designed with quality and affordability in mind, to enable the continued discovery of applications and usages for 3D printing.”

Da Vinci 1.0 AiO 3D printer features Include:

  • Built-In Hi-Res Scanning: Objects are scanned with an industrial grade 0.5mm resolution in just 5 minutes, and saved in .stl format
  • Effective Design: Diagonally placed laser sensors combined with a turntable work together to ensure a comprehensive scan, even from the most difficult angles
  • Patent-Pending Algorithm: XYZprinting’s proprietary scanning algorithm automatically fills in voids with appropriate texture and curves to provide a seamless printing experience
  • Large Build Size: Da Vinci uses fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology and prints items at 7.8’’x7.8’’x7.8’’
  • Easy Scanning with XYZScan: Just set the scan, click once to preview and edit as necessary, and send for printing
  • Scan-to-Design Function: Any scanned item can instantly be saved as a design so you can replicate this print in the future, and share with others
  • Cloud Database: XYZprinting’s design gallery is an open-sourced cloud database with thousands of 3D models for consumers to choose from and upload to

It also shares the same innovative and user-friendly features of XYZprinting’s current award-winning and top-selling printers, such as smart filament cartridge system, nozzle cleaning, and one-year limited warranty at no cost.

Da Vinci 1.0 AiO can be purchased through Amazon, Micro Center, NewEgg and Studica for $799.

For more information, visit: www.xyzprinting.com

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Artec Group, a leading developer and manufacturer of professional 3D software and hardware, announces the debut of its Shapify Booth in the USA. This first-of-its-kind booth creates a full scan of a person or object in just 12 seconds and automatically produces a detailed 3D model from this data, which is then used to 3D print a full color replica mini-me figurine called a "Shapie." Shapies are the perfect gift or keepsake, similar to a photograph.

Every Shapify Booth is equipped with four wide view, high-resolution Artec scanners, which rotate around the person to scan every angle. The high powered scan and precision printing is able to capture even the smallest details, down to the wrinkles on clothes. This process generates 700 captured surfaces, which are automatically stitched together using Artec's advanced algorithms to produce a printable file ready for 3D printing.

"The Shapify Booth will be the first experience many people have with 3D scanning and printing technology," said Artyom Yukhin, president and CEO of Artec Group. "As a kid you may have gotten into a photo booth with your friends and had a strip of pictures printed out to commemorate the occasion. Our goal is to have this generation do the same thing, but add another dimension and in the end have a 3D printed figurine to solidify the memory. In a short time, we've already seen people use the booth to capture their pregnancy, to create a figurine for their grandparents, to make wedding cake toppers, and more. The possibilities are endless."

The booths are ideal for large retail stores, amusement parks, airports and other locations with high foot traffic. The Shapify Booth is user-friendly and simple to operate for all ages. It can also be easily moved to different locations. Partners can use the booth to sell hundreds of figurines every month and attract new and returning customers.

The Artec booth will be on display and demoing its technology at the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo (booth #207) on October 21-23 in Santa Clara, California. After the event, the booth will be in Artec's showroom in Palo Alto, California, where anyone can use it to create a Shapie of their own.

For more information, visit: www.shapify.me/partner/booth

Published in Artec Group

LMI Technologies (LMI), a leading developer of 3D scanning and inspection technologies, announces the official release of the HDI 109 3D Scanner. It is the latest addition to the HDI 100 series of compact, pre-calibrated 3D scanners manufactured by LMI. The scanner has the ability to scan small parts at a high level of accuracy. The HDI 109 is an automatable turnkey solution that delivers a seamless 3D scanning experience from acquisition to post-processing of scans into a full digital 3D model.

With a solid aluminum body that is dust proof and water resistant (IP67 housing), the HDI 109 measures only 49 x 100 x 155 mm to become the smallest advanced 3D scanning system using blue LED projection technology. The scanner’s compact design and portability makes it suitable for fitting into confined spaces, perfect for integrating or embedding the scanner into machines or devices.

“HDI 109 3D Scanner was developed specifically for companies that are looking to design their own systems or devices and require integrated or embedded 3D scanning capability for scanning small parts”, said Chi Ho Ng, Product Group Manager of LMI Technologies. “By leaving the scanning to the HDI 109, companies can save valuable R&D development resources and budget so they can focus on their core developmental strengths instead of developing the 3D scanning technology internally. This substantially minimizes time-to-market so products can reach the market at a faster pace.”

The HDI 109 is ideal for systems integrators or device manufacturers who need 3D measurement, visualization or inspection of small parts for medical, dental, or manufacturing applications. The system is pre-calibrated and integration ready to produce repeatable scanning results. The simple-to-use software development kit (SDK) and connectivity options give developers complete control over all aspects of the 3D modeling process—from capture to alignment to the final model. The scanners can output into a variety of output formats (PLY, OBJ, STL, ASC, FBX) to accommodate different systems with ease.

The HDI 109 is available for order today.

For more information, visit: www.lmi3d.com/products/hdi/100-series

Published in LMI Technologies

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that its iSense™ 3D scanner for iPad is immediately available for pre-order on Cubify™ and through affiliated retailers, resellers and distributors with commercial shipments to commence in the second half of July. Previewed at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, the iSense is ideal for physical photography on the go, empowering users to easily capture and readily 3D print their memorable moments. Powered by 3DS’ popular Sense 3D scanning software, the iSense scans wirelessly in seconds for an easy capture experience.

As the newest addition to 3DS’ consumer offering, the iSense fully integrates with the Cube® family of consumer and prosumer 3D printers and also offers direct upload options to Cubify for cloud printing in a range of materials including Ceramix, Aluminix and Clear.

Powered by 3DS’ popular Sense software, the iSense gives you the freedom to scan anything and you don’t have to stand still or place an object into a box as required with other 3D scanners. Users simply attach the iSense to an iPad, walk around and scan entire objects or environments obtaining a digital copy of the real thing.

iSense Features:

  • Physical photography for the iPad - Discover the power of mobile 3D scanning on your iPad or iPad mini with the new iSense. Its integrated design makes it easy to capture every dimension of your favorite moments on your iPad. Scan your family and friends, everyday-events and adventures, all on your iPad, all in 3D.

  • Upgrade your iPad and get inspired on the go - The compact snap-on design of iSense instantly transforms your iPad into a 3D scanner, giving you the freedom to scan spontaneously where ever you are. Take it with you and allow your physical world to spark your creativity.

  • Big or small, scan it all - From shoes to SUVs, iSense has the most versatile scan range in its class with auto-optimized settings for objects large and small.

  • Zero-in on what matters - Automatic object recognition extracts precise targets from the busiest of backgrounds.

  • Edit with ease - With quick cropping, enhancement and solidifying tools, iSense can prepare 3D printable files within minutes.

  • Scanned for 3D printing - Physical to digital, and back again. Fully integrated with Cubify and your Cube 3D printer, the iSense allows you to upload scans directly for 3D printing, either at home or through the cloud.

For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/Products/iSense

Published in 3D Systems

Creaform, a worldwide leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and 3D engineering services, announces the launch of the next generation of HandySCAN 3D laser scanners, which have been completely re-engineered for optimum speed, accuracy and portability.

The new HandySCAN 300 and HandySCAN 700 provide ground-breaking accuracy, resolution and substantially higher measurement rates—all in truly portable device. The benefits of the metrology-grade HandySCAN 3D’s are truly compelling:

•    40% more accurate with a volumetric accuracy of 60µm/m.
•    25 times faster than former generation.
•    TRUaccuracyTM feature ensures accurate measurements in real life operating conditions
•    Unmatched versatility: Limitless 3D scanning possibilities, regardless of the part size, complexity, material, or color.
•    Quick set-up: Get up and running in less than 2 minutes.
•    Automatic mesh output: Get ready-to-use files as soon as data acquisition is complete—and integrate within your workflow without any post-processing.

Handyscan 3D scanners can be used at all stages of product lifecycle management, including:

•    Concept: Product requirements as well as concept design and prototyping
•    Design: CAD designs, prototyping, and testing, simulation, and analysis
•    Manufacturing: Tooling design, assembly/production, and quality control
•    Servicing: Documentation, MRO, and replacement/recycling

Creaform also announced the launch of two completely new versions of the Go!SCAN 3D scanner. Both versions provide unmatched fast and reliable 3D measurements, while offering the easiest portable 3D scanning experience on the market.

The Go!SCAN 50 was designed to measure the shape of medium to larger parts and offers optimal flexibility. The Go!SCAN 20 delivers maximum resolution and is dedicated for use with smaller objects with intricate details, making it the perfect companion for 3D printers. Customers will attest to the Go!SCAN 3D’s multitude of benefits:

•    High speed: Typical objects are scanned in five minutes or less.
•    Professional-grade measurements: The Go!SCAN 3D provides an accuracy of up to 0.1 mm (0.004 in.) and resolution of up to 0.2 mm (0.008 in.).
•    Full-color 3D models: Users can easily and simultaneously capture of high-quality geometry and colors.
•    TRUsimplicity™: Extremely simple scanning process.
•    Point and shoot: No preparation or complicated setup is required. The scanner is up-and-running in less than two minutes.

Go!SCAN 3D scanners are tailored to the unique needs of:

•    Product development engineers and technicians from all industries
•    Engineers who use CAD and 3D printing professionals
•    Museology, heritage preservation, restoration, digital archiving, 3D scanning for research, analysis and publishing, multimedia, entertainment, computer graphics and special effects

“Thanks to this latest Go!SCAN 3D release, 3D scanning has never been easier,” explained François Leclerc, Product Manager. “With the addition of color and the intelligent hybrid positioning system, the Go!SCAN 3D are the professionals’ go-to all-around solution for professional-grade 3D scanning capabilities.”

At the same time as the Go!SCAN 3D release, Creaform launched the revolutionary new HandySCAN 3D scanner, which has been completely re-engineered for optimum speed, accuracy and portability. In addition, Creaform released the VXmodel, a Scan-to-CAD software module that integrates directly into Creaform’s 3D software platform, VXelements.

In addition, Creaform released VXmodel, a Scan-to-CAD software module that integrates directly into Creaform’s 3D software platform, VXelements.

For more information, visit: www.creaform.com





Published in Creaform

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of the Sense™ 3D scanner. Sense is flexible with scan size and can capture everything from a cupcake to a full-body, processing data in seconds for an instantly 3D printable file. Sense comes with an intuitive user interface with easy and automated zoom, track, focus, crop, enhance and share tools. Sense printables can be sent to Cube® and CubeX™ 3D printers, or directly uploaded to Cubify.com for cloud printing in a range of materials.

The Sense is priced at $399 and immediately available on Cubify.com. The Sense will also be available on Staples.com and in hundreds of Staples retail stores nationwide starting November 18, 2013.

"The Sense is the first ever 3D content camera for everyone, making it possible to capture people, objects and places on the go," said Rajeev Kulkarni, Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Products, 3D Systems. "I anticipate that the Sense's intuitive nature, portability, range, unmatched quality and powerful user interface and user experience will spur a new social movement around 3D sharable and printable physical photography."

Product Features:

  • For your life on the go: hand-held mobility gives you the freedom to scan spontaneously, everywhere you go. The Sense is mobile scanning compatible with the Microsoft Surface™ Pro 2 tablet.

  • Scan small, scan large, scan it all: Sense small and large objects, people and scenes. The Sense has the most diverse scan range in its class with auto-optimized settings for small and large objects like a book or a motorcycle, heads to full bodies and scenes as large as 10 feet tall and wide.

  • Zero-in on what matters: automatic object recognition extracts precise targets from the busiest of backgrounds, scanning only the object you want.

  • Edit confidently: Sense software is intuitive, fast, accurate and easy to use. Scans process in seconds and can be cropped, enhanced and solidified for printables in just minutes. No design experience is necessary.

  • Mash-up your world: merge your scans in Cubify Sculpt™, the ultimate consumer software for editing STLs, mash-ups and organic modeling. Full integration between the Sense and Cubify Sculpt gives you the creative freedom to import your scans and combine them with other favorite designs.

  • Physical to digital and back again: Sense is fully integrated with Cubify.com and your Cube 3D printer. Scans can be uploaded directly for cloud printing with a variety of materials on Cubify.com, or sent directly to your 3D printer.

Sense is powered by Geomagic® software, making the Sense unmatched in quality, scan speed and easy editing capabilities for consumers. Sense delivers professional performance at an affordable consumer price and guarantees an awesome user experience.

For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/sense

Published in 3D Systems

What's black and white and has lasers? The MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner! The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is a fast and easy way for anyone to create 3D models. Pre-orders are being taken now, with shipping expected mid-October.

"Bringing the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner into the world has been a big goal of ours this year," stated MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis. "We are really excited about the MakerBot Digitizer. This is another innovative product for visionaries, early adopters, experimenters, educators, creative hobbyists, 3D sculptors, organic modelers, designers, and architects who want to be the first to become an expert in Desktop 3D Scanning."

The MakerBot Digitizer takes a real-life object, scans it using a camera and two lasers, and creates a 3D digital file — without any need for design or 3D software experience. The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is optimized for and works seamlessly with MakerBot's Replicator Desktop 3D Printers and MakerBot Thingiverse. The MakerBot Digitizer can be used in the office, manufacturing space, workshop, classroom, or in the home to jumpstart the modeling and prototyping process and create artworks, sculptures and figurines, as well as memorializing keepsakes and archiving. Just connect the MakerBot Digitizer to a laptop or computer and you are ready to digitize.

The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner offers:

  • Simple, yet sophisticated software to create clean, watertight 3D models with just two clicks
  • A 3D digital design file in just minutes
  • No design skills, 3D modeling or CAD expertise required to get started
  • Outputs standard 3D design file formats that can be modified and improved in third-party 3D modeling programs, like Autodesk's free software MeshMixer
  • Creates a 3D digital file to be printed on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer and on other 3D printers
  • Easily upload scans directly to MakerBot's Thingiverse.com, the community for discovering and sharing 3D printable things with more than 100,000 members.
  • Ability to digitize physical objects up to 8" in diameter and 8" tall and up to 3 kg (6.6 lbs.)

"We believe that the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is an innovative technological breakthrough that sets the standard for affordable desktop 3D scanning," noted Pettis. "We focused on making the MakerBot Digitizer super easy to use, intuitive and simple. The MakerBot Digitizer is powered by MakerBot MakerWare software, and we plan to offer in the future additional software updates that are expected to add even more features and capabilities."

For more information, visit: www.makerbot.com/digitizer

Published in MakerBot

LMI Technologies (LMI), a leading developer of 3D scanning, measurement, and data visualization technologies, announces the official release of the next generation of the HDI Advance 3D scanning system. This is the first HDI product launch since the acquisition of 3D3 Solutions earlier this year.

The purpose of the redesign is to push the limits of the scanner’s hardware by improving scanning repeatability and ease of use. The new HDI Advance now uses USB 3.0 cameras for both faster and simpler connectivity to a computer. The scanner also features new lenses that produce higher accuracy scans with less scan distortion compared to its predecessor. The sleeker mount design delivers better repeatability in scan results and offers more stability while scanning.

“The HDI Advance is a great 3D scanning solution for the computer graphics industry,” said Terry Arden, CEO of LMI. “Our system provides great flexibility for scanning people and objects. Gaming, animation and movie studios have used the HDI Advance for 3D modeling and CGI in major motion pictures and top selling video games. The scanner generates high resolution digital 3D models accurately and quickly in color. With the release of the new generation of HDI Advance, we offer the best 3D scanning system in terms of speed, accuracy, and performance at an affordable price.”

The system is also valuable to companies for various applications including 3D visualization, 3D inspection, reverse engineering, or rapid prototyping. The new HDI Advance is available in two performance models, HDI Advance R1x and the R3x. The systems are available for order today.

For more information, visit: www.3d3solutions.com/products/3d-scanner/hdi-advance

Published in LMI Technologies

Fuel3D Inc. announced the start of a crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter that will bring the Fuel3D scanner to the world. Fuel3D is an affordable handheld 3D scanner that delivers high resolution shape and color capture for a range of 3D modeling applications, such as 3D printing, 3D art and 3D game development.

In a special offer only available through Kickstarter, pledgers will be able to access the first production units for less than $1,000. Today, a buyer could expect to pay over $15,000 for a handheld scanner that provides similar quality results to Fuel3D.

"The explosion of 3D printing and the continued expansion of the games market means that there is an increasing demand for 3D scanning products that capture high resolution 3D data," said Stuart Mead, CEO, Fuel3D Inc. "With Fuel3D, our goal is to bring high quality 3D scanning to a wider market by making it available at an affordable price-point."

Fuel3D is the world's first 3D scanner to combine pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging to capture and process a 3D model in seconds. Fuel3D's ability to capture color in addition to geometric shape means that the product is also particularly well suited to on-screen 3D applications, such as game development, animation and 3D art.

In order to enhance the Fuel3D product offering, the company has teamed up with 3D design software company, Uformia, another Kickstarter success story. For Fuel3D, Kickstarter pledgers will have the opportunity to get their product bundled with Uformia's MeshUp software, the first real volume modeler for meshes, allowing any creator to make sure their models are always ready for 3D printing.

"Fuel3D's scanner promises to change the game in the 3D scanning and modeling space," said Cherie Stamm, CEO, Uformia. "For the first time, professional level handheld scanning is in the price range of the average computer user or 3D modeling and printing enthusiast, at a quality that even surpasses devices costing tens of thousands of dollars. Uformia is very excited to partner with Fuel3D on their Kickstarter campaign, as our upcoming product MeshUp is a perfect tool to use together with Fuel3D's scanner to creative an infinite number of possibilities by scanning and remixing the world around you."

The technology behind Fuel3D was originally developed within Oxford University and was, at first, developed for medical imaging applications.

"With Fuel3D, we plan to adapt a technology that has already been proven in the medical sector to deliver a new 3D scanning option to professionals and consumers with a passion for 3D creativity," said James Paterson, CTO Fuel3D Inc. "The unique technology that we have developed allows us to offer what is literally a point-and-shoot approach to capturing both 3D data and color, and we are confident that no one else in the world is able to offer this kind of solution at the price that we can achieve."

Pre-production Fuel3D units will be available in Spring 2014, with full production following soon thereafter.

For more information, visit: www.fuel-3d.com

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Mantis Vision launched its F5-Short Range 3D imager, featuring the widest depth of field and working range available for small object, close-range capture, at the SPAR Europe Conference. Built for maximum mobility and versatility, the F5-SR 3D imager brings together compact, ergonomic design with speed and ease-of-use to effortlessly reach and capture small, intricately detailed objects, in the field and on the move.

Whether digitizing the human form, capturing small, hard to reach manufacturing components, or documenting cluttered crime scene details out in the field, the F5-SR spares no detail. Designed to work alone, or as a complimentary tool to Mantis Vision’s F5 imager, the F5-SR is the ultimate solution to complete hard-to-reach detail in complex large-scale scenes or objects.
 
The F5 Series of handheld 3D imagers is the only 3D scanning solution specifically designed to meet the rigorous demands of field use:

  • The fastest-speed-of scan available today.
  • A true standalone solution designed for field mobility– a single user it all it takes.
  • Exceptional results in any working conditions: outdoors, indoors, direct sunlight or complete darkness.
  • Effortless accuracy - No positioning targets, advanced scene preparation or contamination needed.
  • Battery operated, cable-free, and hassle-free – no gear, laptop or accessories needed.
  • Rugged shell and components withstand the toughest of environments
  • Easy to use – a short training session is all that is needed to achieve great results.

Mantis Vision is celebrating the expansion of the F5 series with a new, highly competitive pricing program, and a special offer for the purchase of the complete F5 series at an attractive bundle price. "Recent advancements in our production technologies have enabled us to significantly reduce pricing for the F5 series, without compromising on the quality or field-readiness that our customers have come to expect," stated Shabtay Negry, VP of Business Development for Mantis Vision. “We are confident that the launch of the F5-SR, together with the new pricing, will significantly expand the scanning capabilities of our customers”.

For more information, visit: www.mantis-vision.com/page/products

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ShapeGrabber, a pioneer in the development of 3D laser scanners for industrial measurement and modeling, today announced the availability of its fastest scanhead to date. The SG156 scanhead delivers a scanning speed gain of 2 to 10 times as compared to previous models, as well as a larger sensing range and greater stability in temperature variations.

Pierre Aubrey, CEO at ShapeGrabber said: “The [SG156 scanhead represents the sixth generation of our industrial 3D scanner technology and features a new design with an improved laser, lens, imager and mounting mechanism. It will enable our existing customers to more than double their output speed. With the addition of field of view compression, the speed increase can exceed a factor of ten. Based on extensive internal testing, a speed increase of 4 or 5 times will be typical. New customers will enjoy the most advanced 3D scanning technology platform on the market today.”

DENTSPLY Implants ATLANTIS division, supplier of digital implant solutions and CAD/CAM abutments, has been using ShapeGrabber scanners for more than 7 years, processing thousands of dental models each week at facilities in Sweden and in the U.S. DENTSPLY Implants is now using the new SG156 scanhead in all its ShapeGrabber scanners.

Per Nilsson, Process Engineer at DENTSPLY Implants, Mölndal Sweden, said: “We originally chose ShapeGrabber 3D scanners for their speed, ease of use, data quality and excellent scan volume. With the new SG156 scanhead, these benefits are now magnified and support our business growth. We have reduced our average scan time, thereby increasing our output capacity while significantly reducing cost-per-scan.”

The new scanhead design features these enhancements:

  • Up to 10 times faster scanning speed than its predecessor, the SG102
  • Variable field of view in addition to depth of field
  • Greater accuracy and tolerance to temperature changes
  • Larger dynamic sensing range to scan wider range of part types
  • A new mounting design allows the SG156 scanhead to be easily installed and removed; and, provides greater precision

The SG156 is backward-compatible with all currently installed ShapeGrabber scanners, with the addition of a new mounting bracket assembly.

ShapeGrabber industrial 3D laser scanners are in use by quality professionals and designers in automotive, aerospace, medical device, dental and other industrial sectors. They are ideal for rapid measurement and inspection of complex-shaped parts such as injection molded plastics, metal castings and stampings, and other parts that have compound curves and multiple features.

For more information, visit: www.shapegrabber.com/sol-products-3d-scan-heads.shtml

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Creaform, leader in portable 3D measurement technologies, is proud to introduce Go!SCAN 3D, a breakthrough in 3D scanning and a revolutionary scanning platform. This handheld white light 3D scanner features intelligent hybrid positioning and yields great results when used towards both industrial and non industrial applications.

Go!SCAN 3D scanner highlights

  • Point-and-shoot: no preparation or complicated setup is required. The scanner is up-and-running in less than two minutes.
  • Affordable and up to 10 times faster than standard 3D scanners.
  • Can be used by anyone without prior experience.
  • The software provides visual guidance throughout the process, ensuring quality results.
  • Handheld and lightweight (1.1 kg), it fits into a carry-on case, so you can bring and use it everywhere.
  • Dynamic referencing means that it is possible to move the part during scanning and that no rigid setup is required.
  • It provides accuracy is up to 0.1 mm, for results you can count on regardless of the work conditions or environment.

"The Go!SCAN 3D comes from our willingness to further expand our reach and make 3D scanning accessible to a much larger group of companies and individuals," said Daniel Brown, Product Manager. We wanted to provide a scanning experience that combined incredibly quick results with real user-friendliness, at a very interesting price point. Thanks to these features and along with its reliable data, we believe that the Go!SCAN will really open up tremendous possibilities for scanning in a wide array of industries."

With the launch of the Go!SCAN 3D, Creaform completes its portfolio of handheld portable 3D scanners, which also includes the Handyscan 3D and the MetraSCAN 3D. While each scanner is unique in its own way, the whole Creaform range shares the same key points: their TRUportability, TRUsimplicity, and TRUaccuracy.

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com/en/metrology-solutions/handheld-portable-3d-scanner-goscan-3d

Published in Creaform

3D3 Solutions, a cutting edge developer of 3D scanning and visualization technologies, announces the official release of the HDI Blitz 3D scanning system. The system is the latest 3D scanning solution from the company that captures digital 3D scans from physical objects in seconds. 3D3 Solutions is demonstrating the HDI Blitz for the first time at TCT Live, the event for additive manufacturing, 3D printing & product development, in Hall 3A, Stand U23.

“With the success of developing advanced 3D scanning systems, we found that there is a strong demand for a simple, easy-to-use 3D scanner without sacrificing the quality of 3D scans,” said Thomas Tong, President of 3D3 Solutions. “The focus of the HDI Blitz is to make 3D scanning technology more accessible. It doesn’t require advanced technical skills to operate the system and it is fast to get the HDI Blitz up and running.”

The HDI Blitz requires minimal amount of setup time. Simply plug in the system, install the 3D scanning software on the computer and it is ready for scanning. The 3D scanner uses white light 3D scanning technology that scans an object without any direct contact to ensure there is no measurement interference. The system captures a 3D scan in one second and generates more than a million data points (two million polygons) per scan. It includes basic post-processing capabilities such as aligning and merging that transforms 3D scans into a complete digital 3D model.

3D3 Solutions continues along the path of developing 3D scanning systems with affordability and flexibility in mind. The HDI Blitz 3D Scanner offers high resolution 3D scanning results at a fraction of the cost of comparable systems. The system is useful for companies and organizations that need complex 3D measurements for various applications including 3D visualization, 3D inspection, reverse engineering, or rapid prototyping.

The HDI Blitz 3D scanning system is available for purchase today.

For more information, visit: www.3d3solutions.com/products/3d-scanner/hdi-blitz

Published in 3D3 Solutions

ShapeGrabber, a pioneering innovator of industrial 3D laser scanners for quality inspection and measurement headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and Shelley Automation, distributors of technologically advanced automation products across Canada and headquartered in Toronto, today announced a distribution agreement.

Shelley Automation will add the ShapeGrabber line of 3D laser scanners to the stable of solutions it offers to Canadian manufacturers. The agreement advances a decade-long relationship between the companies, as Shelley Automation supplies ShapeGrabber with many of the motion control components used in the manufacture of its 3D scanners.

Pierre Aubrey, CEO at ShapeGrabber, said: “We are very pleased to bring on Shelley Automation as a Canadian distributor. We have worked with the company for more than a decade and know what a fantastic, professional organization they are. We’re thrilled to have such an exceptional company represent us and are excited to have new resources to increase our presence within the domestic manufacturing sector.”

Brian Shelley, Co-President and CEO at Shelley Automation, said: “ShapeGrabber’s automated industrial 3D scanners are an excellent addition to our range of products that bring advanced automation to manufacturers. ShapeGrabber 3D laser scanners provide manufacturers with another means to enhance productivity and achieve continuous improvement in the quality control cycle.”

Shelley Automation’s optical offerings already include fully automated, online vision systems. With the ShapeGrabber product line, Shelley enhances another element of its customers’ complete quality control process: the metrology lab. With a higher level of automation and modern optical tools for measurement, manufacturers can use the 3D scanners to dramatically reduce inspection time, provide rapid whole-part inspection, and troubleshoot the really tough quality problems.

Offering many times the speed of traditional dimensional measurement techniques such as calipers, gauges and coordinate measurement machines (CMMs), ShapeGrabber’s 3D scanners are used for industrial quality inspection to measure complex shapes that are otherwise too time consuming, costly or simply impossible to measure. They are particularly valuable for inspecting and measuring complex plastics, metal castings and stamped parts that features compound curves and multiple features.

For more information, visit: www.shapegrabber.com or www.shelley.com



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Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and FARO (NASDAQ: FARO) announced today that they have signed an OEM and distribution agreement for 3D laser scanners. Under the agreement, FARO will provide Trimble with an OEM differentiated product based upon its successful FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D platform. Trimble will offer the OEM product throughout its worldwide survey and building construction distribution networks, serving the needs of surveyors, contractors, engineers and geospatial professionals. As part of the strategic relationship, future versions of the FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D platform will also be made available to Trimble.

“FARO’s revolutionary Laser Scanner Focus3D leverages more than 30 years of disruptive product innovation in the 3D measurement space. We are very pleased to partner with Trimble to further expand the 3D laser scanner platform across a broader range of markets,” said Jay Freeland, president & chief executive officer of FARO.

“FARO has successfully challenged the 3D scanning market with a product that is versatile, compact and competitively priced,” said David Fitzpatrick, general manager of Trimble 3D Scanning. “We are excited to offer this solution as part of Trimble’s portfolio through our strong worldwide distribution network.”

The Trimble OEM product is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2012.

For more information, visit: www.faro.com or www.trimble.com

Published in FARO

In industrial environments automated 3D scanning inspection cells have become an important part of various manufacturing processes. The GOM ATOS ScanBox is constructed and engineered to industrial standards to assure highest safety and mobility. Delivery time is short and setup is plug-and-play. The ATOS ScanBox includes an ATOS Triple Scan digitizer, robot, rotary stage, software, safety house, and more. All the elements in one box to ensure automation success. The ATOS ScanBox made its public debut at Control in May. Since then there have been many installations including OEMs and suppliers such as Daimler, Volkswagen, Rolls Royce, Bosch, Eisenwerk Brühl, Dräxlmaier, Delcam and many more. The true definition of “out of box” solution within a box.

The ATOS ScanBox is a plug-and-play measuring cell for fully automated 3D digitizing and inspection. The ATOS ScanBox combines optimized industrial components, mobility and highest safety in an off-the-shelf 3D measuring machine.

ATOS is the most innovative optical measuring system for three-dimensional coordinate measurement on the market. ATOS measures different object sizes, surface finishes, and complexities giving versatility to 3D digitizing by delivering:

  • Accurate 3D coordinates and high data quality
  • Full-field deviation to CAD, 2D and part-to-part
  • Section-based analysis, GD&T and trend analysis
  • Complete measuring reports

For more information, visit: http://www.gom.com/metrology-systems/system-overview/atos-scanbox.html

Published in Capture 3D

FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement technology, today announced the newest and most accurate addition to its FaroArm lineup, the Prime arm. This six-axis portable measurement arm delivers exceptional value to customers who require a high-accuracy, contact-only measurement solution for everyday inspection and quality assurance routines.

Available in four lengths from six to twelve feet (1.8m to 3.7m), the FARO Prime promises accuracies as tight as .019 mm (.0007 in.). This newest FaroArm is also Bluetooth® equipped, eliminating the need to tether the device to a laptop. An extended-use battery and composite material construction ensure shop floor durability, day after day. Together, these features make the Prime the ideal solution for basic measurements in inspection, reverse engineering, CAD-to-part analysis and anywhere else a high-accuracy, hard-probing measurement solution is needed.  

The Prime joins the Fusion and the Edge, FARO’s flagship and most advanced measurement arm, in the industry-leading FaroArm line. The FARO Edge continues to deliver exclusive features like a touch screen, on-board operating system and the industry’s smallest and lightest handheld laser scanner, the FARO Laser Line Probe (LLP). “Customer need and input is the driving force behind innovation at FARO,” explained Orlando Perez, Director of Product Management for the FaroArm. “Our customers demanded greater accuracy for routine contact measurement applications, without many of the added features or 3D scanning capabilities you’d find in the Edge. The result is the Prime. It’s accurate, durable, easy-to-use and provides the solution that much of the marketplace has been asking for.”

The Prime is compatible with FARO’s CAM2 Measure 10 software and others, and is available now from FARO Technologies. “We’re excited to introduce the Prime to the market. This is the most accurate FaroArm available, offered at an unmatched value,” said Jay Freeland, FARO’s Chief Executive Officer. “This newest FaroArm delivers outstanding performance and makes our innovative technology accessible to a whole new group of potential customers. We think they’re going to love the Prime.”

FARO is the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement technology. The Company develops and markets computer-aided measurement and imaging devices and software. Technology from FARO permits high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and comparison of parts and complex structures within production and quality assurance processes. The devices are used for inspecting components and assemblies, production planning, documenting large volume spaces or structures in 3D, surveying and construction, as well as for investigation and reconstruction of accident sites or crime scenes.

Worldwide, approximately 14,000 customers are operating more than 28,000 installations of FARO's systems. The Company's global headquarters is located in Lake Mary, Fla., its European head office in Stuttgart, Germany and its Asia/Pacific head office in Singapore. FARO has branches in Brazil, Mexico, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Netherlands, Turkey, India, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea and Japan.

For more information, visit: www.faro.com

Published in FARO

The MetraSCAN 3D scanners are the most accurate scanning solutions on the market, whether in lab or on the shop floor. Like Creaform’s entire portfolio of measuring technologies, the MetraSCAN 3D are easy to master and use, and they take only a few minutes to set up.

Featuring Creaform's TRUaccuracy technology, the MetraSCAN 3D ensure highly-accurate dimensional surface measurements, regardless of the measurement environment (instability, vibrations, thermal variations, etc.) or operator skills.

The combination of a MetraSCAN 3D CMM scanner and a HandyPROBE arm-free CMM makes for a complete and powerful measurement system for points and surfaces, and enable geometrical and freeform inspection on the same part, with the same system.

Join us on June 12-13, 2012! Attendance is limited, so book your place today!

  • Discover the indisputable benefits of this complete and powerful inspection and scanning solution.
  • Learn about Creaform's TRUaccuracy technology behind the MetraSCAN 3D line-up.
  • Interact live with our product manager and get instant answers to your questions.

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Published in Creaform

Creaform is proud to introduce the latest improvement to its inspection systems: the C-Link functionality. Through C-Link, it is possible to network up to 4 C-Tracks and operate them simultaneously with a HandyPROBE portable CMM or a MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanner.

Benefits of the C-Link Functionality

  • Makes the inspection process of complex setups, jigs, tooling or prototype faster and easier than ever before.
  • Featuring the TRUaccuracy technology, it generates guaranteed high accuracy results, no matter the measurement environment (instability, vibrations, thermal variation, etc.) or operator skills;
  • Can be used as a mobile measurement solution for complex set-ups;
  • Allows the creation of fixed measurement rooms (virtual CMM with freedom of handheld probe/3D scanner);
  • Can be used for large or complex objects deformation analysis when used with Creaform’s VXtrack software module.

“We were receiving repeated requests from our MetraSCAN and HandyPROBE customers towards a solution that would enable them to carry out demanding and specific applications such as deformation analysis on plane wings and presses or measure car chassis with their Creaform technology, but without having to actually move the CMM, explained Jean-François Larue, product director. The idea of the C-Link functionality was born out of a desire to actually meet this need; our R&D crew figured out a way to build upon our inspection systems’ accuracy, power and dynamic referencing capability and developed C-Link, which also improves the performance of our systems with regards to inspection and QC of large or complex parts.”

Creaform’s technologies upgraded with the C-Link functionality will be demoed at the CONTROL tradeshow in Stuttgart, Germany, from May 8 to 11 (hall 5, booth 5108).

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com

Published in Creaform

Creaform, leader in portable 3D measurement technologies, is proud to unveil its new line-up of MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanners – the most accurate 3D scanners for demanding quality control and reverse engineering applications.

The MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM Scanners

The MetraSCAN 3D scanners are the most accurate scanning solutions on the market, whether in lab or on the shop floor. Like Creaform’s entire portfolio of measuring technologies, the MetraSCAN 3D are easy to master and use, and they take only a few minutes to set up. Featuring Creaform's TRUaccuracy technology, the MetraSCAN 3D ensure highly-accurate dimensional surface measurements, regardless of the measurement environment (instability, vibrations, thermal variations, etc.) or operator skills.

The combination of a MetraSCAN 3D CMM scanner and a HandyPROBE arm-free CMM makes for a complete and powerful measurement system for points and surfaces, and enable geometrical and freeform inspection on the same part, with the same system.

The new MetraSCAN 3D handheld scanners are now offered in two versions:

  • The MetraSCAN 70 offers optimal resolution. It is ideal for projects where geometrical feature definition is key, such as sheet metal and tooling inspection.
  • The MetraSCAN 210 offers increased measurement speed. Its increased stand-off and depth of field make for enhanced scanning flexibility. It is ideal for large surface metrology and large-scale reverse engineering.
  • Both 3D scanners feature the same accuracy and they have been fitted with a new light carbon structure.

“We believe that this expanded and enhanced MetraSCAN line-up fits the needs of our customers now more closely when it comes to quality control or reverse engineering applications, said Jean-François Larue, product director. What’s more, we integrated the know-how acquired on the technology since the launch of the first generation of MetraSCAN in 2010. Among all the inspection systems available on the market, the MetraSCAN 3D scanners remain best at increasing the reliability, speed and versatility of the measurement process.”

The new devices will be presented to the public for the first time during the CONTROL tradeshow in Stuttgart, Germany, from May 8 to 11 (hall 5, booth 5108).

Creaform develops, manufactures and sells 3D portable measurement technologies and specializes in 3D engineering services. The company offers innovative solutions that cover the entire range of 3D applications, including 3D scanning, reverse engineering, advanced surfacing, inspection and numerical simulation. Its products and services are intended for industries such as the automotive, aerospace, 3D body measurement, consumer products, heavy industries, manufacturing, power generation and research & education.

Creaform has developed and sells the Handyscan 3D portable, self-positioning 3D scanners, along with the HandyPROBE arm-free portable CMM and the MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanners. The company also brings photogrammetry to all its technologies with the MaxSHOT 3D optical coordinate measuring system. Moreover, the company offers the Creaform 3D Body Digitizers.

Creaform reached C$37.5 million in sales in 2011. The company employs more than 300 people worldwide, and has offices in Québec City, Montréal, the United States, France, Germany, China, India and Japan. The company’s head office and Quebec-based offices are 9001 : 2008 ISO certified.

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com/en/metrascan/default.aspx

Published in Creaform

3D Engineering Solutions has added another dimension to their 3D laser scanning services with the acquisition of a structured light scanning tool, the Steinbichler Comet L3D, which uses LED blue light technology and can capture up to two million points in 1.5 seconds. 3D Engineering has already used the new technology for turbine blade and impeller inspection, and mold and tool making. The structured light scanner is useful in applications such as 3D scanning, quality control, tool making, reverse engineering, rapid manufacturing and design.

3D Engineering Solutions Vice President Rob Glassburn said, “It’s unusual for a company to have the full range of tools we have to cover different component sizes and accuracies. The Steinbichler tool is great for capturing anything with a lot of sharp edges and detail—even small medical instruments.” 3D Engineering can integrate photogrammetry with the structured light scanning, which increases ability to measure larger parts. “We can capture entire vehicles,” said Glassburn. “We can get accuracies as small as .0003 inches.” In addition to the photogrammetry accessory, 3D Engineering has a 2-axis integrated turn table, which allows for automated inspection.

In addition to increased portability of equipment, benefits of structured blue light scanning over structured white light scanning include a longer-lasting light source and lower temperature influence due to LEDs, the ability to scan a well-lit room, and the ability to filter out other light present when capturing an object. “This technology is about 3D data acquisition with a lot finer detail and greater resolution—especially when working with small parts,” said Glassburn.

Customers rely on 3D Engineering Solutions to design process tooling and fixtures for the automotive, industrial, green energy, nuclear and aerospace industries, using engineering tools such as Unigraphics NX7 Mach 3 CAD platform. Leading edge point cloud software, InnovMetrics PolyWorks, allows a common software platform for collecting data across all of Faro laser-based data collection platforms. In addition to reverse engineering services, 3D Engineering Solutions is registered with the State of Ohio for Professional Engineering and ISO 17025 Certified for third party inspection. In their sixth year of operation, the company maintains a state-of-the-art, climate controlled metrology lab, servicing the Midwest OEM needs for 3D laser scanning, data collection, 3D CAD modeling, FAI / PPAP inspection, and reverse engineering services. 3D Engineering Solutions brings more than 100 years of collective experience to every engineering project.

For more information, visit: www.3D-engineering.net

Bodymetrics, a pioneer in 3D body-mapping, announces a new era of personalized retail and in-home commerce experiences.  In retail Bodymetrics technology digitally maps a person's body allowing them to find perfect fitting clothes before they try them on.  In the near future Smart TVs will have the capability to body-map customers and order perfect-fitting clothing in their own homes, thereby reducing returns and beginning the end of the era of the online sizing chart.

Utilizing PrimeSense 3D sensor solutions, Bodymetrics carefully calculates and maps every contour and curve of the body. Once a Bodymetrics account is created, users can virtually try on garments from partner retailers to determine whether a garment fits and flatters their body.

Until very recently, body-mapping required expensive body-scanners. With the advent of the 3D sensors by PrimeSense, this technology can be installed at any clothing store, big or small, and is also inexpensive enough to be integrated into future Smart TVs.

Jonathan Hull, Vice President Emerging Experiences at Razorfish, says, "What consumers want are incredible digital experiences that are connected across channels. We are very excited to work with Bodymetrics  to help pioneer this new era of retail and personalized TV commerce. It doesn't get more personal than having your body scanned in-store or ordering clothing from your TV, knowing that it will fit perfectly."

Hull adds, "More than 90 percent of customers still shop at stores for clothing. Now they can get scanned in-store, share their looks with friends on Facebook, and continue to shop at home through their TVs, PCs, tablets and mobile devices."

Bodymetrics' pioneering solution, designed to body-map a customer's exact body-size and shape to the exact dimensions of a garment, has a successful seven-year track record in retail at Selfridges in London, voted as the world's best department store.

Bodymetrics makes buying clothes quicker, easier and more fun, both in-store and online. For most people, buying good fitting clothing is a trial-and-error, time-consuming process. Human bodies are different in a million ways, but when clothing companies produce garments they make them to fit an average person. In the real world, however, there is no such thing as an average body.

"When you walk into a clothing retailer or browse an online fashion site, they have no idea of your body size, shape or style," says Suran Goonatilake, CEO of Bodymetrics. "Bodymetrics body-maps you within a few seconds and gets hundreds of accurate measurements and analytics of your shape. Then, we match this data to the exact dimensions of a garment and allow you to  virtually try it on your own body to see whether it is too tight, too loose or just perfect."

Although the online clothing market is the largest e-commerce category, worth $30B in the US, it is still a small part of the total US clothing market of $370B. This contrasts with nearly half of computers  sold online and the virtual disappearance of physical travel agents that sell airline tickets. The key reasons are that customers lack confidence in buying clothes online, and there is too much hassle associated with returning garments back to the retailer if they do not fit. Depending on the type of garment, up to 50 percent of garments sold online are returned -- an enormous financial cost to the  retailer and a process that takes a huge environmental toll due to shuffling of garments back and forth to warehouses.

"With body-mapping, sizing charts and hand-measuring yourself will also become history," says Lainey Sheridan-Young, head of fashion at Bodymetrics. "Because there are no standards in fashion sizing, your size can vary dramatically from brand-to-brand and from country-to-country. Add vanity sizing, where brands give smaller size numbers to garments to boost customer self-esteem, and you have complete confusion. What we need is a simple way to map clothing sizes from one brand to another, from one country to another, based on your body. Bodymetrics will do this," adds Sheridan-Young.

Bodymetrics will preview its 3D body-mapping technology at the 2012 International CES in Las Vegas, January 10 – 13. Visit Bodymetrics at PrimeSense's New Living Room  Experience at Booth #30242, South Hall 3, Upper Level.

Bodymetrics makes buying clothes in-store or online quicker and more fun. The company develops 3D scanners that carefully calculate your size and shape, and allow you to virtually try-on garments on your body to determine whether they fit and flatter you. Once you have created your Bodymetrics account, you can then shop at partner retailers with the confidence that garments you choose will fit and suit your body-shape. The company's 3D-mapping technology builds upon technology developed by PrimeSense, a leader in 3D sensing. Bodymetrics is a London-based, privately-held company that has raised $7m in funding, primarily from its strategic partner, TAL Group (www.talgroup.com), one of the world's largest and most advanced clothing manufacturing groups. Bodymetrics' partner retailers include the London based  department store Selfridges, voted as the 'world's best department store', and New Look, a global clothing retailer. For more information, please visit www.bodymetrics.com.  

Published in Bodymetrics

These days, cars are developed on computers, and to assist with this, designers want processes which generate realistic surfaces such as seat covers. Researchers have now developed high-resolution scanners which copy objects and fabric samples in a few minutes, converting them into virtual models. The light effects are startlingly realistic.

When buying a car, customers are not just interested in its fuel consumption. They rather turn their attention to the car’s appearance. The interior fittings should have a quality look, the pattern on the seat covers should be subtle and understated and the leather-look dashboard should add a sense of luxury. That is why designers want to know at an early stage how a piece of fabric or imitation leather will look in the new car cockpit. Models used to be manufactured by hand, but that was time-consuming. And although computer simulation is faster, it takes time as well: real-world objects must first be scanned at high resolution and then translated to the virtual world. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD in Darmstadt are now hoping to accelerate this process. They have developed two scanners which capture images of real objects with micrometer precision and use the data to generate deceptively lifelike virtual images. The first device, the HDR-ABTF scanner, is specifically designed to capture images of materials such as textiles and leather, lit from different directions, precisely and especially quickly. Computers can then be used to simulate how an object – for instance a car seat – covered in that material will look in changing light conditions. The second device, the meso scanner, captures high-resolution images of three-dimensional objects. Unlike conventional systems, it even records finest surface details with yet unmatched precision.

Both scanners have been developed from established processes which are more expensive or which take longer. “For industrial applications, though, we need fast and affordable devices with high resolution,” explains Martin Ritz, a developer at Fraunhofer IGD. This is what the HDR-ABTF scanner delivers. A single-lens reflex camera installed in the device looks down on the object from above. The material is lit successively by several LEDs arranged in a quadrant arc, so that the surface is lit from various different angles and photographed in varying light conditions. The end result is a series of exposures for each light direction, which can then be integrated on a PC to produce high-resolution HDR images. A vehicle designer can then combine the image data with the computer model of a car seat and observe the material’s behavior when lit from any angle. There are already similar processes that use multiple cameras and considerably more light sources, but working with the equipment developed by Fraunhofer IGD is both simpler and faster. Within the period of just ten minutes, a new material can be scanned and translated to a virtual model.

The meso scanner captures images of small three-dimensional objects. Conventional 3-D scanners project a relatively coarse pattern of stripes onto an object and the software infers the three-dimensional shape from the distortion of the stripes. This innovative new scanner instead projects a much more detailed pattern of black and white stripes onto the object, each of which is just about a third of a millimeter or so across. Using a special lens in front of the projector, this pattern is moved across the object with sub-pixel accuracy, which is to say it is shifted in individual steps of 1/25 of a pixel or less. This means that the object is scanned in much greater detail than before, achieving high resolution. Any hollows or wrinkles can be recorded with a depth measurement which has an accuracy of around 30 micrometers – which is two to three times more accurate than without the lens-shifting system.

As Ritz points out, “The meso scanner isn’t just interesting for car development. There’s also scope for museums to use it to scan rare exhibits such as jewelry or coins with high precision.” Another possible application for the device would be in the computer gaming industry. Researchers will be showcasing the initial prototypes of the new scanners at the booth of the Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance at the Euromold trade fair (Hall 11, Booth C66a) from November 29 to December 2, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main.

For more information, visit: www.fraunhofer.de

Published in Fraunhofer

Creaform, leader in portable 3D optical measurement technologies, today presents the technological fundamentals behind its 3D laser scanners product lines.

“As a developer of innovative metrology-grade measurement technologies, we have based our research and development work on well-defined and innovative technological principles, which has led to the release of several successful and highly accurate, reliable 3D optical measurement technologies over the years”, said Marco St-Pierre, vice- president, Innovation & Technologies at Creaform.

In a nutshell
3D optical sensor technologies can capture a huge number of data observations at very high rates, on the surface of objects. Based on that huge number of data observations, Creaform has developed a new framework to generate very accurate points. Thanks to this technological advancement and based on the concept of intelligent measurement, it is now possible to deliver a very accurate high density set of points, in real time and without noise.

Intelligent measurement process, data framework, real-time processing, calibration and acquisition model are a few keys elements of Creaform’s technological fundamentals that make for more accurate systems in 3D optical metrology.

Journal of the CMSC
Creaform’s president Charles Mony first introduced our technological fundamentals in a presentation he made during the 2011 Coordinate Metrology Society Conference last July in the United States. We received great feedback from our fellow metrologists, and the related technical paper was eventually selected by the Journal of CMSC’s editorial team to be published in the fall edition of the magazine - now available.

The technical fundamentals paper is available at: www.creaform3d.com/en/products/technological_fundamentals/default.aspx

Published in Creaform

University of California, San Diego students preparing for a future archaeological dig to Jordan will likely pack a Microsoft Kinect, but it won’t be used for post-dig, all-night gaming marathons. Instead, the students will use a modified version of the peripheral Xbox 360 device in the field to take high-quality, low-cost 3D scans of dig sites.

Jürgen Schulze, a research scientist at UCSD’s division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), along with his master’s student, Daniel Tenedorio, have figured out a way to extract data streaming from the Kinect’s onboard color camera and infrared sensor to make hand-held 3D scans of small objects and people.

Currently, the researchers can use scans of people made with the modified Kinect to produce cheap, quickly-made avatars that could conceivably be plugged right into virtual worlds such as Second Life.

Schulze’s ultimate goal, however, is to extend the technology to scan entire buildings and even neighborhoods. For the initial field application of their modified Kinect – dubbed ArKinect (a mashup of archaeology and Kinect) – Schulze plans to train engineering and archaeology students to use the device to collect data on a future expedition to Jordan led by Thomas Levy, associate director of the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture, and Archaeology (CISA3).

“We are hoping that by using the Kinect we can create a mobile scanning system that is accurate enough to get fairly realistic 3D models of ancient excavation sites,” says Schulze, whose lab specializes in developing 3D visualization technology.

The scans collected at sites in Jordan or elsewhere can later be made into 3D models and projected in Calit2’s StarCAVE, a 360-degree, 16-panel immersive virtual reality environment that enables researchers to interact with virtual renderings of objects and environments. Three-dimensional models of artifacts provide more information than 2D photographs about the symmetry (and hence quality of craftsmanship, for example) of found artifacts, and 3D models of the dig sites can help archaeologists keep track of the exact locations where artifacts were located.

As of now, the modified Kinect system relies on an overhead video tracking system, limiting its range to relatively small indoor spaces.

However, Schulze notes, “In the future, we would like to make this device independent of the tracking system, which would allow us to take the system outside into the field, where we could scan arbitrarily large environments.”

“We can then use the 3D model, walk around it, we can move it around, we can look at it from all sides.”

“There may be experts off site that have access to a CAVE system,” he adds, “and they could collaborate remotely with researchers in the field. This technology could also potentially be used in a disaster site, like an earthquake, where the scene can be digitized and viewed remotely to help direct search and rescue operations.”

Schulze adds that it may even be possible to simulcast live reconstructions in the StarCAVE of 3D scans of objects or scenes taken in the field by the Kinect with a standard 3G or wireless broadband connection.

From the Living Room to the Lab

Since its release last November, the Kinect -- now the fastest-selling consumer electronics device of all time -- has captured the imagination of hundreds of thousands of videogame enthusiasts as well as many university researchers, who have modified the device for use in projects ranging from robotic telesurgery to navigation systems for the blind.

Originally intended to sit atop a television and sense the movements of users playing videogames, the Kinect was repurposed by Tenedorio to capture 3D maps of stationary objects. The scanning process, which entails moving the device by hand over all surfaces of an object, looks somewhat like having a metal-detecting wand waved over one’s body at the airport (if it were done rather slowly by an overzealous TSA agent).

Schulze likens the procedure to using a can of spray paint: “Imagine you wanted to spray paint an entire person. To do a complete job, you would have to point the can at every surface, under the arms, between the fingers, and so on. Scanning a person with the Kinect works the same way.”

The ability to operate the Kinect freehand is a huge advantage over other scanning systems like LIDAR (light detecting and ranging), which creates a more accurate scan but has to be kept stationary in order to be precisely aimed.

“Having a hand-held device is important for these excavation sites where the ground is rugged and uneven,” explains Schulze. “With the Kinect, that doesn’t slow you down at all.”

How it works

The Kinect projects a pattern of infrared dots (invisible to the human eye) onto an object, which then reflect off the object and get captured by the device’s infrared sensor. The reflected dots create a 3D depth map. Nearby dots are linked together to create a triangular mesh grid of the object. The surface of each triangle in the grid is then filled in with texture and color information from the Kinect’s color camera. A scan is taken 10 times per second and data from thousands of scans are combined in real-time, yielding a 3D model of the original object or person.

One challenge Schulze and his team faced was spatially aligning all the scans. Because the ArKinect scans are done freehand, each scan is taken at a slightly different position and orientation. Without a mechanism for spatially aligning the scans, the 3D model created would be a discontinuous, Picasso-esque jumble of images.

To overcome this challenge, Tenedorio outfitted the ArKinect with a five-pronged infrared sensor attached to its top surface. The overhead video cameras track this sensor in space, thereby tagging each of the ArKinect’s scans with its exact position and orientation. This tracking makes it possible to seamlessly stitch together information from the scans, resulting in a stable 3D image.

The team is working on a tracking algorithm that incorporates smartphone sensors, such as an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and GPS (global positioning system). In combination with the existing approach for stitching scan data together, the tracking algorithm would eliminate the need to acquire position and orientation information from the overhead tracking cameras.

A major advantage of the ArKinect is that scan progress can be assessed on a computer monitor in real time. Notes Schulze, “You can see right away what you are scanning. That allows you to find holes so that when there is occlusion, you can just move the Kinect over it and fill it in.”

This is in contrast to conventional scanning devices, where data is collected and then analyzed offline -- often in a separate location -- which can be problematic if any holes are present.

Deleting unnecessary data, in fact, turned out to be the research team’s most daunting challenge. “Simply adding each frame into a global model adds too much data; within seconds, the computer cannot render the model and the system breaks,” says Tenedorio, who is joining Google as a software engineer following completion of his master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering this July.

“One of the primary thrusts of our research is to discover how to throw away duplicate points in the model and retain only the unique ones.”

The Kinect streams data at 40 megabytes per second – enough to fill an entire DVD every two minutes. Keeping the amount of stored data to a minimum will allow a scan of a person to occupy only a few hundred kilobytes of storage, about the same as a picture taken with a digital camera.

Another advantage of the Kinect is cost: It retails for $150. This low price tag, coupled with Schulze’s efforts to make it a portable self-contained, battery-powered instrument with an onboard screen to monitor scan progress, makes it feasible to send an ArKinect with Levy’s students to Jordan.

Schulze’s team is currently writing a paper about the ArKinect project to submit to a major international virtual reality conference.

Other students (all from UCSD’s Computer Science and Engineering department) involved in the project include master’s students Marlena Fecho and Jorge Schwarzhaupt, who helped develop the ArKinect’s scanning algorithm, and master’s student James Lue and undergraduate student Robert Pardridge, who helped with the 3D meshing program that creates surfaces from points extracted from the ArKinect’s depth map.

For more information, visit: www.universityofcalifornia.edu

3Shape, a global technology leader in 3D scanners and CAD/CAM software solutions, announces the launch of its latest ConvinceTM 2011 3D Scanning and Quality Control system - a comprehensive solution for 3D digitization and quality control of small, detail-rich objects.

3Shape has immensely improved and expanded its already popular ConvinceTM system to cover a much wider range of applications and market needs. The 2011 version presents 3 new scanners offering different performance levels, along with 2 software package choices - ConvinceTM Standard and ConvinceTM Premium. Additionally, 3Shape has optimized the core ConvinceTM user-workflows, empowering them with even more automation and greatly enhancing user-friendliness.

"In today's competitive climate, more and more companies are seeking technologies that are easy to integrate, easy to operate, and significantly speed up the production workflow," says Birk Plönnigs, Sales & Product Manager, 3Shape 3D Scanning & QC Systems. "They come from all types of industries so we made ConvinceTM 2011 a modular system that is easy to tailor to specific application needs."

ConvinceTM Standard for 3D digitization and basic QC
ConvinceTM Standard software provides generic 3D scanning and creation of digital models for use in digitization or production processes. Scanning output can be used with other market-specific software, such as Jewelry design tools. ConvinceTM Standard additionally supports basic Quality Control and measurement. It is a perfect investment for performing basic QC in applications involving digitization, reverse engineering, and control of 3D manufacturing processes such as with dental restorations or hearing aid shells.

ConvinceTM Premium for advanced quality control
ConvinceTM Premium is full-featured Quality Control software. Building on the proven success of previous ConvinceTM versions, 3Shape has now further developed its array of advanced features for professional measurement and QC. New ConvinceTM 2011 features include full support for measuring without a reference model using self-defined virtual geometries, and the ability to define multiple coordinate systems.

New interface for scan sequence creation
Both ConvinceTM Standard and ConvinceTM Premium versions support 3Shape's highly acclaimed automatic measurement and scan sequence features that empower users with both streamlined workflows and consistent results.

"Automation and user-friendliness remain the core strengths of ConvinceTM," says Birk Plönnigs. "In ConvinceTM 2011, we made the process of creating sequences even easier for users. Once the scan and measurement sequences are established, advanced scanning, measuring and quality control for any part can be performed automatically with a few clicks and repeated in the exact same way every time."

Other new software features in ConvinceTM 2011 include traceability of scanner accuracy by which the user can gauge the Convince system's own generated results, extended point filtering, and a German language software version.

A scanner for every need
ConvinceTM 2011 offers 3 scanner models. The D500 1.3 MP scanner is for entry level users or general 3D applications such as jewelry and art. The Q700 1.3 MP mid-market level scanner is designed with an optimal balance between accuracy and speed. The Q800 is a high resolution scanner with 5.0 MP cameras and is the ideal tool for applications that demand high performance and accuracy, including professional quality control.

The new ConvinceTM 2011 Standard and Premium software plus D500, Q700 and Q800 scanners are now available from 3Shape dealers throughout the world.

For more information, visit: www.3shape.com

Published in 3Shape

Paperless Parts provider of the fastest, most affordable multicolor 3D printers and only handheld, self-positioning 3D scanners, announced three new promotions to make 3D printing and scanning more accessible to everyone:

“These promotions are a great way to show our past customers as well as prospective customers that we really appreciate their business” said James Jacobs, President of Paperless Parts. “Offering this sort of promotion gives people the ability to get involved in the 3D printing and 3D Scanning process and to see new benefits and applications of rapid prototyping.”


Summary of Promotions

• Save $10,000 with Trade-in - Why settle for outdated rapid prototyping technology when you can trade up to the fastest and most affordable color 3D printer available?
• Save $10,000 – ZPrinter 650
• Save $5,000 – ZPrinter 450
• Save 10% When You Purchase Two Products
• Purchase a ZPrinter together with a ZScanner and save 10 percent on both products


Paperless Parts is New England’s only authorized commercial Z-Corp reseller. A New England Z Corp reseller since 2001, Paperless Parts has printers and scanners installed at a variety of aerospace, consumer product, footwear and other manufacturers throughout the region.

Paperless Parts helps leverage 3D CAD data across the product development process. 3D CAD data is unambiguous and communicates not only dimensional requirements but also design intent. The unique tools and prototype services offered are selected to maximize the impact on the design process. They help design products faster, at a lesser cost with higher quality.

For more information, visit: www.paperlessparts.com

Published in Paperless Parts

Does your design organization need a boost? If so, there’s no better time to try 3D printing, rapid prototyping and 3D laser scanning to streamline product design and improve your business results.

Z Corporation, maker of the fastest, most affordable multicolor 3D printers and only handheld, self-positioning 3D scanners, today announced three new promotions to make 3D printing and scanning more accessible to everyone:

Try Before You Buy
Purchase with confidence – organizations in the United States, Canada and other selected regions can try any ZPrinter in their facility for two weeks with no obligation to purchase the printer.

Save $10,000 with Trade-in
Why settle for outdated rapid prototyping technology when you can trade up to the fastest and most affordable color 3D printer available?

* Save $10,000 – ZPrinter 650
* Save $5,000 – ZPrinter 450

Save 10% When You Purchase Two Products
Purchase a ZPrinter together with a ZScanner or ZBuilder, and save 10 percent on both products.

These promotions are in effect from June 1, 2011 to December 15, 2011.

“Our ZPrinters are the fastest, easiest to use, have the lowest cost of operation and are the only 3D printers that offer color in the industry,” said Ed DeArias, Z Corporation vice president of global sales and service.  “We are confident that these promotions will make it more accessible for companies to reap the benefits of 3D printing, rapid prototyping and 3D scanning.”

For more information about the promotion, visit: www.zcorp.com/en/forms/2011-Sales-Promo-ZPrinter-Try-and-Buy-Z-Corp-Website/form.aspx

Published in Z Corporation

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