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Many different types of 3D scanner are available today, with prices ranging from a few hundred up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, each with different capabilities and limitations. We believe that Fuel3D’s flexibility, quality and low price point gives us a unique position in the market and is a recipe for success … the table below outlines our key advantages against the main other types of scanner:

  • Features
  • Low Cost
  • Handheld
  • High resolution 3D geometry
  • Color capture
  • Point-and-shoot

  • Fuel3D

  • Turntable scanner

  • Sweeping laser line

  • Handheld 3D Scanner

  • Microsoft Kinect Scanner

Turntable: The most basic and lowest cost 3D scanning systems use laser point or line projection onto an object positioned and rotated on a turntable. Prices range from a few hundred dollars up to low thousands. As a handheld solution, Fuel3D holds a significant flexibility advantage over these systems, as they are fixed position and the object being scanned is limited by turntable size.

Sweeping laser line: To enable scanning of larger objects, scanners are available that project a laser line, which sweeps across a stationary subject. With a few exceptions, prices for these technologies are typically in the $20,000 – $50,000 range. Fuel3D has a very strong price advantage over all these systems, with the added benefit of handheld flexibility and color capture.

Hand-held: 3D scanning systems have been developed to enable maximum scan flexibility for working around objects of almost any shape and size. Prices of hand-held solutions are now as low as $15,000 – $30,000. In addition to Fuel3D being much less expensive, we are not aware of any of these handheld systems that collect color data in addition to 3D geometry.

Microsoft Kinect: Some low-cost handheld scanning solutions are being developed using the Microsoft Kinect platform. These systems are typically quite low-resolution resolution, so while they are good for capturing environments, they do not have the data precision or resolution for detailed object capture like Fuel3D.

The table is based on general comparisons against these various product areas. We feel in general that it’s accurate, although there may be some exceptions to the rule.