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Low-cost 3D scanner – available now for everyone
Article Type: Mini features From: Sensor Review, Volume 30, Issue 1
Following the launch of the hugely successful RapMan entry-level 3D printer, which made 3D printing accessible to everyone at the incredibly low price of £750, A1 Technologies is proud to announce the availability of the DAVID-laserscanner to the UK market. This is a very low-cost system for contact-free scanning of 3D objects for a broad range of applications. The only hardware requirements – which are included in the complete starter-kit offered by A1 Technologies – are a hand-held laser and a camera.
The starter-kit supplied by A1 Technologies comprises a high resolution two-megapixel webcam with autofocus; a red line laser module (650 nm, Class 1 laser) with adjustable focus, including battery; calibration panels (for three different object sizes); a base plate for mounting the calibration panels; DAVID-laserscanner Professional Edition software on a USB Flash Drive; a stand for the webcam; and a full user manual.
Easy to use, the DAVID-laserscanner is capable of producing 3D data that can be used in various standard file formats. To obtain the required data users simply hold the laser in their hand and sweep the laser line over the object to be scanned. The DAVID-laserscanner will immediately generate a 3D model in your PC, capturing even fine surface details of less than 0.2 mm. Simply scan all sides of the object separately, including the top and bottom. With DAVID-Shapefusion it is possible to merge multiple scans that were made from different sensor directions in order to get a complete, textured 360° model. The data generated can be used for a host of applications including: product design, computer animations, games, virtual 3D environments, product presentations, works of art, and archaeology. The potential is limitless.
The lasers provided in the DAVID-laserscanner starter-kit are very low power and have therefore been designated completely safe for use (Class 1) in virtually any environment – even in an office.
3D laser scanning – like 3D printing – is often perceived as a technology for high-end applications, with a price tag to match. A1 Technologies is a company that is dedicated to dispelling this myth by providing low-cost, high-value products supported by extensive industry expertise and real after sales care.
For any company that is considering 3D laser scanning as an enabling technology for its business development, the DAVID-laserscanner is an ideal choice. Priced at just £320 for the entire starter kit the investment is easy to justify and will bring with it great rewards and real insight into the capabilities of this technology.
More information is available at: www.rap-man.com