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Fuel3D hits Kickstarter with 3D scanner for under $1,000

3D scanners are set to tumble in price with a company looking to offer them for under $1,000 [£656].

Fuel3D recently launched on Kickstarter and is hoping to bring the cost of a scanner down from the usual price point of $15,000 [£9,844] and, in the process, make the technology a realistic proposition for consumers.

“We have developed the Fuel3D handheld scanner, a point-and-shoot 3D imaging system that captures extremely high resolution mesh and color information of objects. Fuel3D is the world’s first 3D scanner to combine pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging to capture and process files in seconds,” the company states on its Kickstarter page.

The company is the brainchild of Oxford University students and has already smashed its Kickstarter goal of $75,000 [£49,222] with 174 backers pledging a total of $108,518 [£71,220] in the first two days it has been online.

Fuel3D works like a regular point and shoot camera except it is “significantly more advanced” than that.

“When we say 3D, we mean our system resolves a fully 3D surface consisting of a large number of physical and color measurements. These can then be viewed from any direction, edited, and used as source material for 3D printing or for on-screen manipulation,” the company explains.

Fuel3D specialises in images of surfaces and objects including faces and body parts, fabrics, organic subjects, stone and masonry, food, and artwork.

3D printing is an exciting trend in the technology space that allows digital files to be rapidly copied so that they resemble actual objects with one 3D printer even managing to produce a firing gun.

The Kickstarter project runs until September 1 and having already pulverised the original goal there is every chance consumers will have access to a 3D scanner for a realistic price.

MakerBot, one of the leading firms in the 3D printing space, unveiled a 3D scanner earlier this year, though Fuel3D is likely to beat most of its competitors when it comes to price.