Take an object and place it on the scan bed, and press go! A 3D model appears on your screen. Designed and created by Toronto based Adam Brandejs and Drew Cox, the Photon 3D Scanner is the system that allows anyone to take a physical object, and turn it into a digital 3D model on your computer.
The Photon scanner uses a high definition camera and dual laser lines to capture 3D scans in as little as 3 minutes. The Photon can scan objects up to 190mm x 190mm x 250mm, and yet folds up into a compact size. Note the team on their Indiegogo page.
The Photon 3D scanner is a good looking portable device. It can be connected to the PC via a single USB 2.0 connector. After a one time setup, all you need to do is press a button, and it will do 360 degree scanning. The software is free to use on both Mac and PC. The 3D files can be saved as .STL, .OBJ, and point cloud .PLY formats and are compatible with all major CAD packages, 3D modelling software and 3D printers.
The pair, both are programmer, hacker and maker, began the project from scratch last year and now they are launching it on Indiegogo.
The Photon 3D scanner starts at just C$349 (US$343/EUR268/GBP226) for early backers, which will include the Photon Scanner, Power Cable, USB Cable, and Software.
If this concept interests you, check out the Indiegogo campaign here and the video below.
Posted in 3D Scanning
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Pau - Inkonova wrote at 6/23/2013 2:31:34 PM:
Great great job!
Leon Zurawicki wrote at 5/15/2013 7:50:33 AM:
How much does it cost? Do you plan to market it in the US? Best
Adam wrote at 3/29/2013 2:02:04 PM:
Hi Steve, unlike the digitizer the z-axis on the photon moves so we can capture more of the model and less shadow areas. we didn't think showing a 3 minute scan would matter to most people that understand this technology, the laser line hits the object and the object spins, it's pretty straight forward. We'll post some stls.
Steve Derksen wrote at 3/29/2013 3:35:24 AM:
Excellent! Suddenly we have a rush of 3D scanners on the market! This looks very much like the MakerBot Digitizer though. I'd like it if the video showed the scanner actually scanning, instead of just talking about how great 3d scans are and how much work went into it. An STL or two wouldn't hurt either.