Feeds

Investors throw cash at affordable 3D scanner

Kickstarter success fuels Fuel3D landrush

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Proof that the 3D bandwagon continues to gain pace comes with the news that Fuel 3D Technologies has secured a suitcase full of private investor cash to further fund "the world's first 3D scanner to combine pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging".

Rendering of the Fuel3D

The Fuel3D: Coming soon to a hand near you

Last year, Oxford-based Fuel 3D - which also has a tentacle in Greenville, North Carolina - went tin-rattling down at Kickstarter, and thundered past its $75,000 funding goal on the promise of a "handheld point-and-shoot, full color 3D scanner available for under $1,000".

It's now bagged $2.6m (£1.6m) from a group headed by Ben Gill of London-based Chimera Partners. He said: "We have established a core group of shareholders that have taken a long term view on the technology and management of Fuel 3D Technologies.

"The 3D printing market is the focus of significant investor interest at the moment, and Fuel 3D's disruptive technology feeds that interest from a unique angle. We are actively exploring a number of interesting financing options, including the possibility of an early IPO."

The company's CEO, Stuart Mead, chipped in with: "We had a phenomenal response to our product on Kickstarter and the attention this generated led to many enquiries from the broader investment community.

"We have always been confident that our technology has the potential to revolutionise the industry and are delighted to have found a group of ambitious and well-resourced investors who share our vision."

Sunflower scanned by the Fuel3D

The Fuel3D's vision, with a nod to Vincent van Gogh

While the Fuel3D was punted as a sub-$1,000 device, its eventual "expected retail price" is $1,500. Fuel 3D clarified to El Reg that Kickstarter patrons will receive their device at the promised price, and anyone else wanting to get a piece of discount action can pre-order here for $1,250 a pop.

Even at $1,500, the device "represents a new price point in handheld 3D scanning technology, which typically sees products retail for $15,000 and above", at least according to Fuel 3D.

Those of you wishing to see how the machine measures up are directed to a technical whitepaper right here. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers
Windmills, solar, tidal - all a 'false hope', say Stanford PhDs
SEX BEAST SEALS may be egging each other on to ATTACK PENGUINS
Boffin: 'I think the behaviour is increasing in frequency'
The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS
Your brother's gonna die, kid, unless we can give him your, well ...
Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The MIGHTY Scotch egg
Off to the boozer? This delicacy might help mitigate the effects
I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm
'He is just being himself' says proud mum of larger-than-life physicist
NASA launches new climate model at SC14
75 days of supercomputing later ...
Britain's HUMAN DNA-strewing Moon mission rakes in £200k
3 days, and Kickstarter moves lander 37% nearer takeoff
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Business security measures using SSL
Examines the major types of threats to information security that businesses face today and the techniques for mitigating those threats.