Apr 15, 2016 | By Alec

Big things are happening in New Orleans, the home of 3D scan-to-3D print innovators Scandy. That startup only recently made 3D printing headlines by raising more than $25,000 for the Scandy Sphere app, which lets you 3D print spheres of panorama photos, but they are already back for more. The company has just announced that they have raised $1 million in a seed round in Louisiana, and that the Scandy Project Tango app will be coming in the fall of 2016.

Scandy is one of those startups that shows just how quickly things can start moving if you have a good idea. Founded in 2014 by New Orleans residents Charles Carriere and Cole Wiley, it grew out of a frustration with the fact that there was no foolproof way to take a full-color 3D scan and order a full-color 3D print using nothing but your mobile device. Of course you can make a 3D scan with a separate device and upload edited files to a 3D printer or 3D printing service, but surely that should be a lot easier? What about an optimized all-in-one 3D scanning and printing process that would create unique, memorable 3D printed objects?

That, in a nutshell, is what Scandy is all about. Since its inception, they have since been working on a Scandy app platform, an intuitive solution for both iOS and Android, which lets users make full-color scans using a smartphone or tablet. The resultant file should then be easily forwarded to a 3D printing service. The first result is the Scandy Sphere, an app that lets you make spherical 3D prints of panoramic photos. This cool app was realized through a successful Kickstarter campaign in October 2015, and is already available in the App Store (for both iPhone and iPad, thanks to the Occipital Structure Sensor). The Scandy Sphere app for Android is expected in late April.

But the real dream, of course, is a full-color 3D scanning app that lets you just edit and 3D print any type of high resolution 3D image, and that is what Scandy is currently working on. This very successful seed round will doubtlessly help that development, with most of the $1 million coming from the local Callais Capital, based in Thibodaux, Louisiana. “Scandy has an opportunity to define how users capture and consume 3D content. We are excited to be part of this tremendous growth opportunity,” said Harold Callais, Managing Director and CIO of Callais Capital Management. “By allowing a user to create 3D content, share it on social media, and order 3D prints from the same application, Scandy has made 3D easy for the average consumer.”

According to Scandy, this forthcoming and potentially revolutionary 3D scanning solution will be called the Scandy Project Tango, after the Google Project Tango. “Scandy will be launching its Scandy Project Tango app in the fall, which will allow users to create, edit, and share 3D scans from phones equipped with depth sensors, and order full color 3D prints of the scans,” the startup said. Project Tango, of course, is Google’s very promising spatial perception platform for Android devices, which strongly relies on advanced computer vision, image processing, and special vision sensors. The first sub-$500 Android devices carrying this advanced imaging platform are expected in the summer, so Scandy would be right on time with their release. This will not be the last time we’ve heard from Scandy, that’s for sure.



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