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First Affordable High-Resolution 3D Scanner Brings 3D Scanning Home Matterform’s portable, easy-to-use technology offers professional quality 3D scanning for $579Toronto: Set to be unveiled at CES 2014 (booth 31929) and officially launching in February 2014, The Matterform 3D Scanner is the world’s first affordable high-resolution 3D scanner. It will give designers, small businesses, makers, hobbyists and creative families the ability to capture and manipulate physical objects and share the resulting 3D images right from their studio, office, and home.
The Matterform 3D Scanner is easy to use right out of the box and is capable of color scans rivaling those produced by much more expensive and harder-to-use 3D scanners. It works with any 3D printer or online printing service, and allows users to scan solid items to create intricate, high-resolution, 3D representations in as little as five minutes.
The Matterform 3D Scanner was invented by friends Drew Cox and Adam Brandejs, designers and programmers with an advertising background. The friends wanted a professional, high-resolution 3D scanner that they could afford but couldn’t find anything suitable and decided to make one. They brought Trevor Townsend on to help and launched one of the most successful Indiegogo campaigns ever, surpassing their goal of $81,000 and raising nearly $500,000 in the spring of 2013.
“We thought it would be popular with the hacker/maker crowd,” said Brandejs, “but the applications are much broader than that. We’ve had interest from designers, artists, archeologists, dentists and even parents who want to scan their kids’ artwork.”
At the heart of the Matterform’s technology is a high-definition camera that produces accurate, detailed color scans at resolution qualities that match or top what the more expensive scanners can achieve. Artists, inventors and hobbyists will be able to upload their scanned images to Matterform’s community platform to showcase and share with a growing collective of 3D designers, artists and makers.
“I love working in real clay to sculpt characters,” said Jonathan Paine, a sculptor and character modeler on films like Pixar’s The Incredibles and Ratatouille, “but it’s been prohibitively expensive for me to use a 3D scanner at my home office. The Matterform lets me scan my pieces with ease and be pleased with the quality of the scan. It’s as simple as turning it on and pressing a button, making it easy for me to sculpt, scan, and model.”
The Matterform’s $579 retail price makes it significantly more affordable than its commercial counterparts. This could have profound implications on the 3D printing industry.
While 3D printing has been available at the industrial/commercial level for several years, the transition to personal use has been hampered by the fact that even the most affordable printers require high-resolution scanning. And while some 3D printers were priced affordably, the Matterform is the first high-resolution 3D scanner available in its price range.
Compact, portable and fully assembled, the Matterform 3D Scanner is available through www.matterform.net. The Matterform 3D Scanner will be available for viewing and demos at the Matterform CES booth (booth 31929).
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Matterform’s Affordable Home 3D Scanner Outgrows Production Facility and Now Has Color ScanningLaunched via a 35-day crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, Matterform blasted through its initial fundraising goal of $81K in 1 week and has raised over $450K. With 2 days left to go, the company announced that it has outgrown its production facility and decided to add color scanning to what is the world’s 1st affordable home 3D scanner product (currently $599).
Toronto, ON – April 26, 2013 – After an incredible start, Matterform’s 3D scanner is now in homestretch of the thirty-five day Indiegogo campaign, with the original financial goal of $81K reached in a mere five days. Currently standing at an impressive $450K, and still climbing, the founders are working hard to reach their stretch goals. “Each new [financial] target we reach brings a new set of obstacles, so we’re constantly updating and reinventing as we go,” says co-founder Drew Cox.
“At the start we were only aiming to produce 200-300 units so our manufacturing could be done in our own shop. As our success grew it became clear we’d have to outsource the plastics, which meant higher costs on our end. So while externally it looked like we had passed our goal, we were now in a position of having to pass new financial goals, or drown in 20,000 plastic parts inside a 600sq/ft space” said co-founder Adam Brandejs. “We are so grateful for all the success we’ve received so far. It’s a wonderful feeling to have such great support out there, and a community that really believes in our scanner as much as we do.”
The company has brought a full-time programmer on board, allowing the team to deliver some new features, the first of which is color scanning. Many of the backers asked us for it, and while it has little impact on 3D printing at the moment, it does impact video game creation, digital archiving or other design work. The team says they will quickly aim to deliver texture mapping too and hope to share some more exciting announcements soon.
There are 2 days remaining in Matterform’s crowdfunding campaign. The company intends to sell the scanner on their official website http://matterform.net after the campaign has ended. The new units will ship after the Indiegogo campaign orders have been fulfilled. Thus the best way to get one as soon as possible is through the Indiegogo campaign: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/photon-3d-scanner
About Matterform http://matterform.net Matterform is an invention company that is owned and operated by Drew Cox, Adam Brandejs and Trevor Townsend, three inventors from Toronto. The company’s first product is a home 3D scanner. Matterform has raised over $450K via Indiegogo and been featured in major media such as Techcrunch, Ars Technica, The Verge, Fast Company, and more.
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Two inventors from Canada launch world’s 1st affordable home 3D scanner and raise $330K in 3 weeks via crowdfundingAmidst growing excitement about 3D printing, Canadian inventors launch home 3D scanner for $599 (less than the cost of a tablet) and exceed crowdfunding goals by 4X in 1st 3 weeks of campaign. The Photon allows anyone to turn physical object into a digital 3D model on their computer, then print the file using a 3D printer or use it in 3D designs or animations.
Toronto, ON – April 17, 2013 – Despite the abundance of excitement about 3D printers, many consumers haven’t been quite sure what do with them, especially since 3D modeling software can be harder to learn than one might think. There are online file marketplaces where you can download and print 3D models that others have created, but the power of 3D printing comes in the ability to make personalized items. The ability to really see your creativity come to life with 3D printing has not yet been made available to the general public…until now.
“The Photon 3D scanner allows anyone to take a physical object and turn it into a digital 3D model on your computer. It works by shooting dual laser lines at an object as it rotates 360 degrees, taking pictures with a HD camera along the way, and using software to create a digital 3D model on your computer in as little as 3 minutes. Once the file is created, it can be modified, reproduced on a 3D printer to create copies of the original object, used in animations or 3D designs, or saved to keep a digital archive. At a current price of $599 (less than a tablet), this is the first 3D scanner that is affordable for the home consumer market.” – Drew Cox, Matterform
Launched via a 35-day crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, Matterform blasted through its initial fundraising goal of $81K in week 1 and has now raised 4X that amount (over $330K). With 2 weeks to go in the campaign, the Photon has been featured as one of the top projects on the Indiegogo platform and written about by publications such as Techcrunch, Ars Technica, National Post, Ponoko, etc. Backers include key industry names such as Chris Anderson (Wired), Bre Pettis (Makerbot), and Diego Porqueras, owner of the Deezmaker 3D printer retail store and designer of the forthcoming “Bukito” 3D printer. “I’m a backer—it looks really promising,” Porqueras told Ars Technica. “We’re definitely keeping an eye out for that.”
There are 2 weeks remaining in Matterform’s crowdfunding campaign. The company has not yet released information about when they will sell the scanner on their own official website after the campaign or how much they will be selling it for - but it's likely it will be more expensive than the special intro prices on the Indiegogo campaign, and will definitely be shipping later. Thus the best way to get one as soon as possible at the special pricing level is through the Indiegogo campaign: http:// www.indiegogo.com/projects/photon-3d-scanner
About Matterform http://matterform.net Matterform is an invention company that is owned and operated by Drew Cox and Adam Brandejs, two inventors from Toronto. The company’s first product is the Photon, a home 3D scanner. Matterform has raised over $330K and been featured in major media such as Techcrunch, Ars Technica, the National Post, and more.
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