Fuel3D handheld scanner.
3D scanning solutions developer Fuel3D, has announced a strategic investment and technology development agreement with In-Q-Tel (IQT).
The company which launched its first product, SCANIFY, a handheld, consumer friendly, 3D scanner back in January, will use the investment to develop its high-resolution technology and provide IQT government customers with advanced 3D scanning applications.
IQT, a not-for-profit investment firm that identifies innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community, recently invested in 3D printing company Voxel8 to support the development of the world's first 3D electronics printer.
“The ability for non-technical users to easily create 3D models of everyday objects is an exciting new capability,” said Simon Davidson, Partner, IQT Investments. “We’re eager to help our government customers leverage these advances through the further development of Fuel3D’s technology.”
Fuel3D has developed the world’s first 3D scanning technology to combine pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging to capture and process a 3D model in seconds.
Originally developed for medical applications, Fuel3D scanning technology uses a proprietary approach that fuses geometric and photometric stereo images to create accurate 3D models and is capable of capturing high-resolution colour 3D models of various objects and environments.
Fuel3D technology holds a significant advantage over other 3D scanning systems when scanning the human form. TCT got to try out the scanner at the 2015 International CES earlier this year with the SCANIFY Selfie – take a look at our blog to find out what we thought.
Images are captured at rapid speed, resulting in accurate 3D measurements which present opportunities for the use of 3D scanning in sectors such as biometrics, fashion, footwear, orthopaedics and sport.
“The speed with which we capture high resolution 3D data is key to what makes Fuel3D’s technology different,” said Stuart Mead, CEO, Fuel3D. “In just a tenth of a second, our platform can capture an accurate, measurable, full colour 3D model at resolutions of 350 microns (0.35mm) or better.”