Category Archives for "3D Scanning"

Project Tango 3D Scanner

What is Project Tango?

Project Tango gives mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion and ends the boundaries of the physical world stopping at the mobile screen.

This 3D mapping technology employs the use of advanced cameras and depth sensors to quickly create 3D models of the environment around them.

The smartphone will take over 250,000 measurements every second, updating its position and orientation in real-time combing the data to build a 3D map of your environment.

3D Scanning Smartphone

Project Tango uses two computer vision processors, gyros, compass, depth sensing and motion-tracking cameras to give the device the same capabilities as a 3D scanner.

In the demo video below, the user can tap on the screen as they walk through space, drawing a circle that spans through the room. Once the video is recorded, other users can explore the drawing using Tango.

From real estate home tours to interactive gaming the application and potential for this device are endless. Now that Google has released the device to a couple hundred developers you should see more news and awesome applications in the coming months!

Fuel 3D Handheld 3D Scanner

World's 1st Handheld Point-and-Shoot Full Color 3D Scanner

Fuel3D can be used by anyone who wants the abilitiy to rapidly create 3D models.  Whether you are part of the maker movement, a game developer, animator, 3D artist or any other type of creative developer who uses 3D, Fuel3D is a tool for you.

Fuel3D particularly excels in the capture of objects and surfaces including:

  • Skin (faces and body parts)
  • Fabrics
  • Organic subjects (plants, leaves…)
  • Stone, masonry, brick, wood
  • Food
  • Artwork (textured paintings, statues)

How it Works

When you take a picture on a conventional 3D mobile phone or digital camera you are using a technique known as stereoscopic imaging.  This uses two camera viewpoints, one for each eye, to display a “3D” image on a stereoscopic screen that gives the impression of depth.

In contrast, the core technology behind Fuel3D fuses geometric and photometric sterio 3D recovery techniques and is finely tuned to capture high resolution 3D color images.  This raw capability provides the opportunity for an object to be captured in true 3D geometry and full color.

Once a shot has been taken on the Fuel3D scanner the raw image data is converted into true 3D color geometrical data by proprietary software, which is included with the Fuel3D scanner.

The software generates a 3D color data file and allows some basic editing functionality prior to export:

  • Trimming of unnecessary areas
  • Adjusting the resolution for export, in turn reducing the polygon number for easier handling
  • Exporting in commonly used 3D file formats, including .OBJ .STL and .PLY with color

Output resolution from Fuel3D varies with the distance of the system to the subject.  The best achievable resolution is approximately a 250 micron sampling.


Fuel3D comes with it’s own proprietary software but many third party software packages are available for further 3D data processing beyond the basic tools you get with Fuel3D.

With the purchase of a SCANIFY you receive Fuel3D’s starter level software.

Studio Starter

  • FREE to all SCANIFY users
  • 3D full color image capture
  • Integrated viewfinder
  • Scan cropping
  • Adjustable lighting
  • License valid for two devicesFuel3D target

Studio Plus

  • Scan cropping
  • Stitching up to six scans
  • Edge smoothing
  • Hole fixing
  • Extruded volumization for 3D printing

Studio Advanced

  • Unlimited stitching
  • Mirror and flat volumization
  • Mesh smoothing
  • Plygon extrusion control
  • Decimation to reduce file size

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