Oct 23, 2015 | By Benedict

We’ve known for a long time that 3D printed selfies are the future of analogue representation. However, there are difficulties involved in making accurate 3D scans, with most people choosing to get theirs professionally taken. However, for those who prefer to do it themselves, there are some big obstacles to overcome before an accurate 3D printed model can be made.

Have you ever tried to make a full body scan using a 3D scanner, in order to make a 3D printed model of yourself or somebody else? If so, you might have found that manually moving the scanner around your subject’s body was inconvenient and prone to errors, or struggled to find a big enough space in which to arrange the equipment. If this all sounds painfully familiar, a Spanish entrepreneur named José Maria Martinez may have found the exact solution for you.

Martinez has recently unveiled a 3D body scanning system called FUBOSS: The Full Body 3D Scan System. Fuboss is a set of equipment designed to integrate with 3D scanners such as the Sense by 3D Systems and Microsoft Kinect, to make full body 3D scanning an easier, quicker process than ever before.

So what does Fuboss consist of and how does it work? After encountering problems whilst having to circumnavigate his subject, 3D scanner in hand, Martinez realised that the simplest, most accurate way to capture a full body 3D scan of a subject would be to have the subject rotate, with the 3D scanner remaining stationary. However, the subject cannot simply rotate himself or herself, since this would involve all kinds of movement in the legs and elsewhere which would result an inaccurate final 3D image.

Martinez then realised that he would have to create a piece of equipment which could rotate the subject, without making the subject move his or her body. The answer? a Lazy Susan for the 3D printing world. That’s right: The Fuboss full body 3D scanning system contains a rotating platter on which a subject can stand, whilst being slowly rotated as a 3D scanner captures a 360 degree image. Users can also place other objects on the platter and operate it in the same way. According to Martinez, the base is designed to support object with weight up to 120kg.

Operation of the rotating platter is controlled with an extremely user-friendly device: a joystick and Skanect software. Users can sit at their computer, focusing on the 3D scanning software onscreen, whilst rotating their subject atop the platter with the joystick. This allows users to rotate at the exact speed required by the software, with minimal effort and concentration.

If you’re wondering where the 3D scanner goes whilst the subject rotates gently upon the Lazy Susan, Martinez devised a clever solution for that too. The 3D scanner attaches to a tall aluminium stand, with a fully adjustable height and angle. The joystick can be used to move the 3D scanner up and down the stand, meaning virtually no manual adjustment is necessary. Pushing the joystick forward raises the height of the 3D scanner, moving it up the stand, whilst pulling the joystick towards you lowers it. Moving the joystick to the right rotates the platter clockwise, whilst moving it left rotates it counterclockwise. Spinning the joystick around (like a watch dial) changes the angle of the 3D scanner.

So how can you get your hands on the Fuboss full body 3D scan system? Martinez is planning to launch an Indiegogo campaign on November 1st in order to raise funds for production. We’ll be keeping a close eye on his progress.



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José M. wrote at 11/8/2017 6:40:03 AM:

There is some people that are not informed yet of how much the 3D printing technology is changing the industry, and how much will change the production in the next years, even more in the manufacturing of very specialized products, customized or with a low demand. Today is not necessary to invest tens of thousands Euros in expensive injection moulds to obtain some plastic or metal components, and transmit such costs to the end price of the product. It also allows the design of more complex pieces which can perform several functions, reducing significantly the amount of components. Particularly, our own plastic pieces (only 7 in a product with more than 160 different components), are manufactured of laser sintered Nylon (SLS), that besides being one of the technical plastics with better mechanical properties, is the technology that produces pieces comparable with the injection molding. Our system is completely manufactured in Europe and the components are from European distributors. Several quality controls are carried out throughout the production process, and every single unit is fully tested before shipping. All units sold during the last two years corroborate the suitability of our quality system. We offered to this person our technical support but it was refused. We offered to repair the damaged parts during the assembly, but it was also refused. She never sent the damaged components nor the unit for repair. She also refused to send back the unit as Paypal determined. Her case doesn't qualify for a refund, as the unit was opened, used, altered, damaged and have passed two months. We did our best to solve this case, but from the beginning, we received continuously denials, threats, blackmail and attacks, facts that are absolutely inadmissible and has made impossible to achieve a resolution.

Hollie Bell wrote at 10/21/2017 6:12:48 AM:

I bought one of these and it was terrible. Firstly most of the parts are 3d printed and are very poor in strength. The belt wasn't long enough and get slipping out and the whole unit collapsed, My scanner is worth $12000 dollars and if I hadn't caught it, it would have broken. Then the top motor stopped working. It was an awful purchase, With lots of emails to the company trying to fix all the issues, I asked for a refund and they said they would. Nothing since then, they won't reply to my emails and have not refunded the money like they said they would. Do not buy it. https://www.facebook.com/holliebell1972/videos/497274003968594/ Also, this shows flimsy printed parts that broke when the unit collapsed. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=497224373973557&set=a.217200288642635.1073741827.100010579961325&type=3 Video evidence of the unit collapsing, I even had to make an elastic support in case it collapsed.

Amin azadeh wrote at 7/30/2016 8:41:14 AM:

I need to know rhe price of youe 3d selfie product. A.azzadehe@gmaul.com

José M. wrote at 12/12/2015 7:04:20 PM:

Money is your answer Nancy. While twinstant 3d body scanners have a price of tens of thousands euros and you need to do a lot of figurines for returning your inversion, now you can Pre-order one Fuboss by 652€. Simply it's for another scale of business or for amateurs. About results, you can see them above this lines, they are not ugly and unusable, in fact I have printed several of them and they look great. You can do a whole scan in only 5 minutes ready for 3D printing.

Nancy wrote at 10/23/2015 3:23:28 PM:

I feel like this isn't a great solution for scanning humans - it takes a significant amount of time to run a scan, and user error + operator error together, plus the lack of lighting will cause scans to be ugly and unusable. Why not use an instant system, like the Twinstant 3d body scanner or something similar? I feel like that is way more applicable for scanning people.

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