One of the leading manufacturers of affordable consumer-grade 3D printers, XYZprinting, has announced the development of their new handheld 3D scanner at an incredible $299 price point. XYZprinting, a New Kinpo Group company, is thrilled to bring advanced 3D scanning technology to consumers at such an affordable cost. Before the inevitable built-in smartphone and tablet scanners arrive on the market, this will be a step towards building a wider audience and enthusiasm for 3D printing and scanning.
XYZprinting has already done a lot of community outreach to get people excited about 3D printing. In April, they announced a collaboration with FabLab to bring free monthly 1:1 student to printer workshops to the San Diego community in hopes of getting more people involved with additive manufacturing. Now, they are announcing the upcoming addition of an XYZ Handheld Scanner to their list of popular, low-priced printers like the daVinci and daVinci Jr.
In order to create the best quality, low-cost scanner on the market they are enlisting the help of Intel and their RealSense 3D camera technology. The built-in Intel camera produces highly accurate, full-color images, making it easy for users to capture objects with all of their original brightness and intensity. The camera uses advanced depth sensing technology, which allows consumers to create high quality replicas of their initial image. If the captured image isn’t enough, XYZ software makes it easy for users to edit and enhance their scanned images. The scanner is also fully integrated with XYZprinting’s 3D printers, so, when the users are ready to do so, they can print or share their models digitally.
The XYZ scanner will allow users to scan objects of all shapes and sizes. It streamlines the scanning process, so consumers new to the technology can quickly grasp how to use the scanner. Its small size makes it easy to either clip on your laptop or hold in your hand. It features a maximum scan volume of 2m x 2m x 2m and a minimum scan volume of 0.1m x 0.1m x 0.1m. The depth image capabilities of the scanner are 640 x 480 and the color image size is 1080p. The scanner comes with free c and is supported by Windows 8.1 (32-bit or 64-bit).
Simon Shen, CEO of XYZprinting agrees, “Making 3D printing technology affordable and approachable has been XYZprinting’s biggest goal. Through our collaboration with Intel, the XYZ Handheld Scanner will, once again, break down the barriers for users that don’t know how to create 3D models, and unlock countless possibilities to replicate a wide variety of objects using 3D printing technology.”
Look for the XYZ Handheld 3D scanner next Spring, sold through most of XYZprinting’s current retailers. For now, you can find the scanner’s additional features below:
- Scan Volume: (Max) 2m x 2m x 2m (Min) 0.1m x 0.1m x 0.1m
- Operating Range: (Max) 1.5m (Min) 0.3m
- Accuracy: 1.0mm
- Depth Image Size: 640 x 480
- Color Image Size: 1080p
- Supports OS: Windows 8.1 (32-bit or 64-bit)
- Free Scanning Software: XYZscan
- Scan Color: Monochromatic
- Output Format: STL, OBJ, PLY
- Max Image Throughput: 30 fps