First off, we’d like to say a huge thank you to all of you who came to visit the Fuel3D stand last week at the 3D Printshow in London!
The Fuel3D team (below) were kept incredibly busy, scanning the faces of interested visitors, answering questions and basking in the positive attention our scanner received. One of the most common words heard on our booth was “Wow!” as people saw the scans of their faces appear on screen for the first time.
We averaged a face scan every 3.5 minutes, achieving an incredible total of 424 scans!
It was nice to feel the industry buzz first-hand and great to see 3D technologies gaining such momentum…as a result, we’re super pumped and can’t wait to start delivering the Fuel3D device to our Kickstarter backers and change the 3D scanning landscape!
After such a great show, we’re already looking forward to the New York event in February shortly after we hit the 3D Printer World Expo in California – we’re hoping to meet many more of you in Hollywood and the Big Apple!
Fuel3D compared to Sense from 3D Systems
Earlier last week, 3D Systems announced the release of their Sense scanner under the Cubify brand; a handheld 3D scanning system based on PrimeSense technology. We thought we’d take a quick look at the Sense technology and how it compares to Fuel3D.
Again, it’s great to see other innovative companies sharing a similar objective to ours: to make 3D scanning systems more affordable for the masses. The release of Sense also further signifies the importance of a handheld, portable and easy-to-use 3D scanning system; both the Fuel3D and Sense devices differ greatly from turntable scanner set-ups.
We haven’t had chance to take a close up look at the Sense but, from the information on the website, the scan performance looks to be the same as other PrimeSense based 3D scanning technologies, such as the Microsoft Kinect.
We did a comparison of a Kinect scan and Fuel3D during our Kickstarter campaign; you can see the difference in data quality.
The products also differ in scan volume. With a scan volume of approximately 0.2 metres to 3 metres, the Sense has automated settings for scanning small objects, medium objects like a portrait or bust and large objects like a full body or scene.
The Fuel3D device works best for small and medium objects within set parameters, although we’d like to remind all our supporters that Uformia are committed to delivering the automatic stitching for multiple Fuel3D scans. The first release of their MeshUP software should be announced very soon and we can’t wait to begin exploring this partnership to increase Fuel3D’s scan range and create imaginative new 3D models – stay tuned!
We view the Sense technology in a very positive light – the equipment has clearly had a lot of investment, although its sweet-spot is very different when compared to Fuel3D. As the images above illustrate, the Fuel3D has a higher resolution, while the Sense is well-suited to capturing larger areas at lower resolution - perhaps a room environment or something like a large vehicle for visualisation purposes rather than true measurement.
That’s it for this update – thanks once again for all your support for the Fuel3D device. Don’t forget, we’re accepting pre-orders through our online web shop at discounted prices… share this news with your friends, family and colleagues and let’s achieve even greater things with Fuel3D!
P.S For futher testing, feel free to download each of the below images here.