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The world’s first handheld point-and-shoot, full color 3D scanner available for under $1,000. Fire up your creativity!
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Fuel3D Inc.

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Fuel3D Production Update – February 12

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Project Bigbronze: A monument to affordable 3D scanning and printing

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In addition to the launch of SCANIFY®, we wanted to let you know about something else that captured the attention of the audience during our debut at CES 2015 last week.

A near life-size 3D printed bronze bust of our CEO, Stuart Mead, drew crowds who marvelled at its quality and wondered how it had been created. Well, today we’re going to reveal how this incredible piece of 3D printing came to be.

Project Bigbronze: a monument to affordable 3D scanning & 3D printing technologies
Project Bigbronze: a monument to affordable 3D scanning & 3D printing technologies

What we affectionately called “Project Bigbronze” began with a general scan of Stuart’s head and shoulders using a PrimeSense-based scanner. This captured the general low-resolution data but not to the level of detail required to create a bust that could be identified as our CEO. We then took a scan of Stuart’s face using SCANIFY® to capture a highly accurate facial model.

Low resolution PrimeSense model and high resolution SCANIFY model
Low resolution PrimeSense model and high resolution SCANIFY model

We then combined the two scans together using Autodesk’s free MeshMixer software to create the showcase piece.

And, with a lot of hard work from our good friend, Steve Cox, Education Ambassador CREATE Education at Ultimaker, the near life-size model was bought into the physical world on an Ultimaker 2, ensuring that the whole project was delivered using low cost 3D scanning and printing technologies.

In order for the model to be fully representative of a classic bronze-bust, we printed using bronzeFill from colorFabb, which can actually be sanded and polished using brass wool and copper polish.

From start to finish, here’s how the model was created:

For more information about Project Bigbronze, check out these articles on 3Dprint.com and 3D HUBS.

Before we wrap up, we just wanted to reassure you that we are continuing to work hard to fulfil pre-orders for SCANIFY. We are completely focussed on ensuring that we deliver a high quality product and once again apologize for the delays in getting your scanner to you.

That’s it for this week’s update – as always, please feel free to contact us with any questions and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Until next time … the Fuel3D journey continues!

The Team @ Fuel3D.

Happy 2015; see you at CES!

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Hi everyone,  

We wanted to wish you all a very happy 2015.  

The Fuel3D team is back in the office today getting the next batch of Fuel3D scanners ready to go - it's very exciting to be shipping at last! 

Here you can see some images of the scanners having a final pre-flight check before they go in their boxes ready for you guys to open.   

Some of our team are flying out today and tomorrow to CES 2015 where we'll be announcing our new name for the scanner as well as showing-off some of the new R&D developments from Fuel3D Labs. 

Those of us that aren't going to Vegas will be here checking and shipping the initial batches of the scanners.  

Don't forget to come and see us at CES; we're at Booth #71617 in the Sands Expo Center (in the 3D printing section).

Best wishes from the Fuel3D Team

A note from Fuel3D’s CEO

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An update on production progress

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