About this project
If you have missed out on our Kickstarter campaign, head over to www.eora3d.com for pre-ordering and updates.
Hi, we are eora 3D.
Not long ago, we needed a 3D scanner that was both affordable AND highly-precise, but we were tired of waiting on others to build one, so we built one ourselves.
We’ve made the world’s first high-precision 3D scanner that is entirely powered by a modern smartphone. It lets you capture everyday physical objects and surfaces and turns them into high-quality 3D models, all on your phone, making it extremely affordable.
This is the 3D scanner we wanted. It’s smart, powerful and beautiful and we know you'll love it, too.
As Seen In
“The eora 3D Scanner Can Capture The Very Soul Of An Object” - John Biggs, TechCrunch
“The eora 3D Is The Missing Piece Of Your Star Trek Replicator” - John Brownlee, FastCompany
“eora 3D has approached the problem from a different angle” - Klint Finley, Wired
“hardware–and software–have all come together to make the world of digital design and 3D printing much more available to all” - Bridget Butler Millsaps, 3DPrint.com
“Resembles a tiny R2D2-like robot who is holding up a smartphone, attempting to reach out and 3D scan the entire galaxy in front of it” - Tyler Koslow, 3DPrintingIndustry.com
“Move one step closer to a Replicator with the eora 3D Scanner” - Uncrate
Unlike Anything Before It
When we began work on the eora 3D scanner, our goal was to make sure it was extremely precise and easy to use. We considered every element that defined professional 3D scanners - the processors, cameras, build quality, turntable design, projected light scanners and laser based scanners.
Sure, there are all kinds of 3D scanners today -- from projected light scanners that connect via a tablet that are handheld and fast, to traditional flat-bed/turntable scanners that are too often slow and stationary -- but none are accurate, unless you have $15,000 to spend. So we challenged ourselves to design and engineer a 3D scanner that not only was extremely precise and accurate but also fast, portable and affordable.
The solution, it turned out, was sitting in our pockets. By harnessing the power and optics of a modern smartphone, we knew we could reduce our part-count and invest instead in the one part that makes high-precision scanning possible -- a green laser.
And by tapping into the potential of a modern smartphone, the result:
3D Models that are precise to sub-100 microns.
Works with Android and iOS
Compatible with both Android and iOS, the eora 3D scanner connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 and the eora 3D App is FREE to download from the iOS App Store and Google Play Store.
The precision of the eora 3D scanner is an unprecedented sub-100 microns. Scans are captured in full-color and are rendered on-screen.
Scan up to a range of 1 meter (3 feet). Based on a typical smartphone camera's Field Of View this lets you capture an incredible 1 square meter (3 feet X 3 feet) in one scan. For objects that are larger, you can take multiple scans and stitch them in-app or on compatible desktop software. A 1/4" - 20 UNC thread is included in the bottom for easy mounting on tripods.
The most unique feature of the eora 3D scanner is its green laser. Most consumer 3D scanners use a red laser, but digital camera CMOS sensors (like our eyes) are twice as sensitive to the green spectrum as they are to red. (It's how we evolved to better spot predators in the brush.) This means you can scan in a variety of lightning conditions, even outdoors.
A green laser costs almost three times as much as a standard red laser. But when you have a smartphone that does all the heavy lifting, it allows us to save cost on the camera and processor and instead invest more in other areas like the laser optics and powerful algorithms for the app.
Unlike other 3D laser scanners, eora doesn’t require a turntable (because the app stitches together multiple scans from various angles to create a full model). Turntables can make scanning smaller objects easier, however, so we created an optional companion wireless turntable that connects to eora via Bluetooth.
Just Tap 'Scan'
App-driven means you already know how to use the eora 3D scanner. We designed the eora 3D app to be simple, uncomplicated and useful. Just tap “Scan."
The "Library" is where all of your 3D models live, and with Dropbox integration built-in, you can load your existing 3D models or share the ones you have scanned.
All New Ways To Interact With Your 3D Models
You can import your existing 3D models (.ply, .obj, and .stl) and with Dropbox integration you can sync your 3D models across all your devices.
Publish And Share
3D Hubs was founded with the mission to create a global network of 3D Printers and make them locally accessible, and today an incredible one billion people are now within 10 miles of a local 3D Printing Hub.
"By bringing local 3D printing communities together, sharing knowledge and experiences, we aim to amplify an individual’s action to disrupt the larger systems that surround us. It's optimism in action and the belief in an individual's ability to enact change is what defines this Maker Movement."
If you haven't been to a 3D Hubs community meetup, you should.
And thanks to 3D Hubs, everyone who backs the eora 3D Scanner will receive a $10 voucher that you can use towards your next 3D Hubs order.
And of course with the eora 3D app you can now share your 3D scans straight with the 3D Hubs community, and get instant quotes. If you run your own hub, you can now provide 3D scanning as a service, too!
And Even More Ways To Share And Publish
Shapeways is the world's destination for 3D Printing as a Service. Thousands of artists, jewelry designers and makers upload their 3D models to Shapeways everyday. Since its inception in 2007, Shapeways has been defining the 3D Printing Industry. With the Shapeways API integration, you can now upload your models to your Shapeways account right away and get instant quotes.
And as you may have already guessed, many of the 3D Models on this page that we scanned are published through Sketchfab. Ever wondered how you could create your 3D Portfolio ? Sketchfab has the answer.
Design & Manufacturing
When you first hold the eora 3D Scanner, you'll be pleasantly surprised. The chassis is a single piece of extruded 6061 aluminium (high-quality plastic injection moulded bluetooth turntable), which is necessary to maintain the rigidity of the entire system. To be precise down to 100 microns, it critical that there are no vibrations in the system, especially when the top section that encapsulates the laser module is continually moving.
PCB's from our production test run, ready for component population.
We have built and tested 7 different major prototypes.
- November - Verify results of ongoing PVT
- January - Tooling for injection molded parts
- March - Ramp up production
- April - Ship BETA units
- June - Ship units to kickstarter backers
Collectively, we are experienced in Product Design, Engineering, Operations and Supply Chain.
An Open Line
We are committed to making sure you are well-served as our backers. We want every backer to feel like they're involved in a one-to-one conversation with us. This means responding quickly, personally, and proactively. To ensure this, we have invested in a variety of ways you can connect with us.
We offer 24-hour messaging on our website. Just look for the above icon at www.eora3d.com . This is the easiest way to get in touch with us. We read and reply to every message. Sometimes we may be unable to reply straight-away, in which case we will reply within a few hours.
On the Road
That's all, Folks.
And lastly, thank you (◕‿◕); we can't wait for you to get your hands on what we are building.
Risks and challenges
We've been working on developing the eora 3D Scanner for over a year. We've tested it countless times, learned a ton, refined the design and continue to make it better.
Hardware is always challenging. And that is why we have made sure not to launch this campaign prematurely. We have already developed many aspects of the hardware and software to ensure there are no blindspots in our planning and forecasting for shipping deadlines.
We are in the process of testing and manufacturing the eora 3D scanner at scale. The Kickstarter campaign helps us gauge precisely how many units we'll need to manufacture.
We've put together the best team and resources behind this project to ensure your order arrives on time. We've set realistic deadlines. And we will keep you entirely posted along the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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