by charlief3d Jan 21, 2016
Studio 2.1

Software release includes new ‘Cat Bird’ algorithm to advance Z-axis precision and integrates cloud services for processing 3D scan data

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Fuel3D’s Cat Bird algorithm advances Z-axis precision

Oxford, UK & San Francisco, CA – January 21, 2016 – Fuel3D, a leading 3D capture and imaging innovator, today announced the launch of Fuel3D Studio 2.1, the latest version of its software for processing and manipulating 3D scan data captured by the company’s SCANIFY product. Key developments include improved Z-axis precision and the ability to process scan data in the cloud; both of these key developments originated from the company’s engagement with enterprise partner/customers.

Fuel3D’s Cat Bird algorithm improves Z-axis precision on scans, which means that scans are processed with improved depth accuracy. The feature has already been well received by beta testers who have been testing the new cloud services and Z-axis. Crucially, improved Z-axis cloud processing can be applied to previous scan files without the need to re-scan the subject – users simply open any file previously captured by SCANIFY and re-process via the new cloud option in Fuel3D Studio.

Cloud Processing Scan
Screen capture from Fuel3D Studio 2.1 showing new cloud processed scan

The introduction of cloud processing (currently running in beta) helps to remove the burden of 3D scan processing from the user’s PC or tablet by executing the new algorithm on Fuel3D’s servers. Access to cloud services is provided via a menu function in Fuel3D Studio – users simply need an internet connection to access the free service.

In addition to freeing up local processing resources, this new move into cloud processing also allows Fuel3D to distribute new software quickly, like Fuel3D Studio 2.1 which deploys the new Cat Bird algorithm.

“We are very excited by these new software and service developments, which not only provide immediate benefits to SCANIFY users, but are also hugely relevant to Fuel3D’s enterprise business,” said Stuart Mead, CEO, Fuel3D. “The benefits of cloud processing are key to the development of 3D scanning solutions, by allowing us to create new 3D algorithms and rapidly deploy enhancements via the cloud.”

Side note: Cat Bird is so called because of an interaction between Fuel3D’s CIO and a member of the development team. In the early days of developing the cloud solution, what was referred to as a ‘behemoth’ of development work was misheard as ‘bear moth’ and so Fuel3D’s algorithm-naming regime was born.

About Fuel3D
Fuel3D is a leading 3D capture and imaging business. Its unique, market-leading technology, originally developed in Oxford University, has a broad range of potential applications across multiple industry sectors. The Company’s intellectual property allows companies to utilise cost-effective, fast and accurate 3D image capture to improve existing practices, provide enhanced services to customers and gain advantages in their markets. Fuel3D’s unique technology captures images at a speed faster than a tenth of a second and offers a unique capability for scanning organic subjects and capturing highly accurate data. www.fuel-3d.com

For more information, contact:

Phil Newman
Tel: +44 7855 357884

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by charlief3d Jan 06, 2016
Banner

New developments include prototype 360 degree head-scanner, hand scanner and cloud-based processing

Fuel3D, a leading 3D capture and imaging innovator, today announced that it will be showing several key developments from its R&D activities at CES 2016.

The company, which is behind the award-winning SCANIFY 3D scanner, primarily works with organizations who wish to explore and deploy new 3D applications that support the introduction of new products and services.

At CES 2016, the company will show a range of new developments, showcasing the versatility of its proprietary scanning platform for a variety of potential applications. Product concepts to be shown include:

Prototype 360 degree head scanner
Prototype 360 degree head scanner
  • A 360 degree head scanning system that has potential applications in visual effects creation, custom headgear, gaming or virtual reality.
  • A hand-scanning unit that has potential applications in prosthetics, cosmetics or custom jewelry.
  • New software developments, including cloud-based processing of 3D images, which support the development of web-based 3D scanning applications.

Name plateFuel3D’s platform captures 3D data in under 0.1 seconds and offers unique capabilities for scanning subjects and capturing data at high resolution. The company’s work with partners has led to substantial advancements across a variety of market sectors, ranging from healthcare and academia to security and 3D manufacturing.

Visitors to CES can see some of the new product concepts in action at the Fuel3D stand (26920) in the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall 2.

A private meeting room is also available to view and discuss future developments (no photos allowed).

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by dsullivan Dec 08, 2015

Fuel3D to introduce fully portable 3D scanning and scanning compound at major tradeshow

Fuel3D, a developer of 3D scanning solutions, today announced two new products for its SCANIFY product range to be shown at CES 2016 in January. The products include a scanner mobility pack and a press-and-scan compound that address typical 3D scanning barriers associated with portability and capturing reflective or shiny objects.

The SCANIFY 3D scanner won the 2015 CES Best of Innovation Award in the 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing category.

mobile-package-mainThe SCANIFY Mobile Package will provide users with the ability to mount a tablet computer and a standard 4200mAh lithium-ion polymer rechargeable battery onto the scanner hardware, making the whole scanning unit fully portable.

SCANIFY with tablet cradle #2“With this development, we have given SCANIFY users the freedom to take 3D scanning to places where it just wasn’t possible before,” said Stuart Mead, CEO of Fuel3D. “Whether you’re exploring ancient ruins, visiting a sculpture exhibition, aor hosting an event where guests are being scanned, SCANIFY can help you preserve your experiences in 3D.”

The new SCANIFY Mobile Package will include all required cables and a 3D print file for a mount to support a tablet PC and battery (both not included). Fuel3D has adapted its 64bit Fuel3D Studio software to a 32bit version to support the use of any Windows tablet.

The 3D print file provided can be modified by the customer to match their specific tablet model. The tablet mount is provided in a format that can be easily reproduced on any 3D printer or via an online 3D printing service.

“As a handheld product, SCANIFY has always been more flexible than most other 3D scanning systems, but we wanted to offer our customers the ability to go completely mobile by removing the need to remain tethered to a power supply,” said Andrew Larkins, CTO of Fuel3D. “By enabling a standard tablet and battery to be easily mounted onto the scanner, you can now take SCANIFY wherever you want!”

Press-and-Scan CompoundThe SCANIFY Press-and-Scan compound compound addresses some of the most common challenges associated with 3D scanning, providing users with a workaround for capturing shiny, translucent or sharp-edged objects. Objects with these characteristics can be pressed into the new SCANIFY Press-and-Scan compound, which creates highly-detailed, crisp and clear reverse impressions ready for 3D scanning.After press

While suitable for anyone looking to scan challenging objects, the product is particularly well-suite to applications such as reverse engineering, concept modelling and other industrial settings, where it is a common requirement to scan flat and or shiny objects.

“All 3D scanners face challenges when it comes to shiny, flat or reflective surfaces,” said Larkins. “With the SCANIFY Press-and-scan compound we are providing our users with an option to help them overcome some of these challenges.”

The SCANIFY Press-and-Scan kit will include 0.5lbs/235g worth of compound.

Visitors to CES can see the new products in action at the Fuel3D stand (26920) in the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall 2.

About Fuel3D
Fuel3D is a leading 3D capture and imaging business. Its unique, market-leading technology, originally developed in Oxford University, has a broad range of potential applications across multiple industry sectors. The Company’s intellectual property allows companies to utilise cost-effective, fast and accurate 3D image capture to improve existing practices, provide enhanced services to customers and gain advantages in their markets. Fuel3D’s unique technology captures images at a speed faster than a tenth of a second and offers a unique capability for scanning organic subjects and capturing highly accurate data. www.fuel-3d.com

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by suthomas Sep 03, 2015

Scans taken underground at the Maison Blanche Souterraine in Northern France

Fuel3D, a developer of 3D scanning solutions, today announced that The Durand Group has successfully used the SCANIFY handheld 3D scanner to record and preserve a series of carvings and graffiti at the Maison Blanche Souterraine near Vimy  Ridge in Northern France. “Souterraine” is a French word used to describe underground caves and tunnels, which were often used during war time.

The Durand Group, a group of volunteers who investigate First World War subterranean features, first became aware of the souterraine in 2006 and agreed to help establish safe access to the site. The Group had already been recording the extensive graffiti in tunnels under the Canadian Memorial Site at Vimy, and it was judged that the quality and scale of the primarily Canadian carvings and graffiti within the tunnels also merited detailed recording and protection.

In the longer term there are no plans to preserve the system, which means that the carvings and graffiti will slowly deteriorate over time. As part of the preservation process, it was decided that 3D images should be used to capture some of the incredibly detailed carvings and graffiti present within the tunnels.

“We considered preservation using 3D scanning because, during the survey work, it was established that some attempts had been made to remove the smaller carvings by chipping them off the wall, which resulted in the destruction of half of the carving,” said Ian Jones of The Durand Group. “We decided to use the SCANIFY scanner to capture the carvings in 3D now to preserve the images for future generations, and to allow those unable to access Maison Blanche to view, in detail, the artistic work of some of the soldiers serving on the Western Front in the First World War.”

WW1 1

SCANIFY captures 3D images in an instant, taking just 0.1 seconds to take a single scan from a single viewpoint. With its bright flashes, taking images in an underground setting posed no problems. The captured scans were then edited and stitched together in the product’s Fuel3D Studio software. Along with images of the scanner being used by The Durand Group, some examples of the captured carvings can be seen in 3D on Sketchfab.  Here you will find a name carving by a Canadian soldier plus a representation of a WW1 cannon.

“This is an amazing story about how SCANIFY has been used in the preservation of historically significant artefacts, and we are delighted to have been able to play a small role in the excellent work of The Durand Group,” said Stuart Mead, CEO, Fuel3D. “SCANIFY excels in the 3D capture of such historical features and we are looking forward to hearing from other organisations involved in this kind of work as they use SCANIFY to bring a 3D element into their work.”

Wall carving 1 Wall carving

About The Durand Group
The Durand Group is a fraternal association of individuals who have voluntarily undertaken to work together to further research and investigation of military-related subterranean features including: military mining systems; tunnels; subways; dugouts and bunkers; and other underground structures. For more information, visit: www.durandgroup.org.uk

About Fuel3D
Fuel3D is a developer of advanced 3D scanning systems and solutions. Originally developed for the medical imaging sector, the Fuel3D technology has been adapted for the broader 3D market, with the goal of bringing the benefits of point-and-shoot 3D imaging to consumers, professionals and businesses. Since generating worldwide attention through a successful crowdfunding campaign which was ranked in the top 0.5% of Kickstarter campaigns in 2013 by revenue, the company has gone on to raise millions in private investment and sign retail and distribution partners across the world.

Based on technology developed by Professor Ron Daniel, Lecturer in Engineering Science at Oxford University, Fuel3D is today led by Stuart Mead, CEO, a veteran of several successful global technology ventures, and supported by an expert team of hardware and software engineers and scientists. For more information, visit www.fuel-3D.com

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by charlief3d Jun 29, 2015

SCANIFY user: Stefan Nitz

Location: Goslar, Germany

Occupation: Owner, Makerlounge 3D Studio

Project background: We’ve already had a story from Stefan on the site before, but this new project of his was so cool, we just had to share it with you!

Having already enjoyed 3D printing a metal model of the Terminator T800’s head from Makerbot Thingiverse, Stefan began to wonder if it would be possible to customize the design to include some of his own features… A bit like how Arnie looked after some of his human features were removed during the action.

“I had the idea of putting a 3D scan of my face on the Terminator head to create the ultimate personalized 3D selfie!” said Stefan.

Process:

For the project to be successful and look realistic, a high quality 3D scan of Stefan’s face was required.

“Previous experiments with a converted Kinect scanner, for example, resulted in 3D models that just weren’t good enough for this purpose,” said Stefan.

Using SCANIFY, a high quality “3D Selfie” can be created very quickly and can be easily incorporated into other 3D designs, like the original mesh from the T800 model, by using various software packages, such as Meshmixer or Zbrush.

“I am a professional 3D designer and use Zbrush on a daily basis,” said Stefan. “It has a lot of nice functions, but also costs a few bucks, and I would advise casual users do this using Meshmixer.”

Combining the models required some adjustments due to the different structures of the models (for example, the eyes and chin areas), and this was accomplished using the sculpting tools available in the software. The images were then rendered naturally using Keyshot 5.

Results:

“As you can see, I have managed to create a truly personalized 3D model of the T800 head with my own face scanned by SCANIFY,” said Stefan. “At some point it would be interesting to go to the next level and actually 3D print the design in full color, possibly using a plaster powder printer. But that’s for another day!”

Terminator Slide

More information: Read more about Stefan’s exploits in 3D printing in his German-language blog: http://www.3d-drucker-world.de/der-personalisierte-terminator-3d-selfie-in-wenigen-schritten

 

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by charlief3d Jun 08, 2015

SCANIFY user: Joshua Harker

Location: Chicago, IL

Occupation: Artist

Project background: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

Multi-media artist Brian Fender was diagnosed with ALS nearly in 2011 and has since created and recently launched the non-profit Artists Lend Support, a fine art website with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the ALS Therapy Development Institute.

In May 2015, Brian Fender hosted a pop up art exhibition in partnership with 1stdibs Gallery at The New York Design Center. For the event, Brian teamed up with renowned 3D artist Joshua Harker to create a custom piece inspired by his journey with ALS.

Process: Harker prepared for the event by coming up with the design for a “collage of faces” that would feature facial scans of Brian, his partner Ron, and other ALS supporters attending the gallery opening.

During the event, participant’s faces were captured in high-resolution 3D using Fuel3D’s SCANIFY scanner, which Harker then assembled into a design using CAD technology. All of this was done “live”, on-site at the gallery.

The final piece took the form of a 3D printed sculpture piece that was printed by VoxelJet and sold at auction in support of ALS TDI.

Results: The auction of the final piece raised an impressive $2,500 for ALS TDI and contributed to a successful event.

“I send a heartfelt thanks to all who have supported this endeavor, donated work and helped raise funds for much needed research,” said Fender. “It truly makes a difference.”

Josh Harker Blog

More information: Find out more about the ALS project by reading the SolidSmack coverage of the story.

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by Fuel3D Jun 01, 2015

SCANIFY user: Steve Cox

Location: West Midlands, UK

Occupation: Education Ambassador, Ultimaker GB CREATE Education Project

Project background: As part of his ongoing work, pushing the boundaries of 3D printing, Steve wanted to explore the possibility of taking a living organic flower to see if it was possible to create unique jewelry. As part of this exercise he wanted to experiment with blending old and new techniques including the exploring the possibility of gilding with 3D printing.

“As with many projects, things started out simply enough – a visit to a garden centre to find the perfect flower: a Primula Sieboldii Edomurasaki or Japanese Primrose,” recalls Steve. “But then the work really began!”

Process:

After arriving home with the flower, Steve got started by scanning the flower with SCANIFY, which took only a few moments, as usual. He then cropped the scan and volumized to 5mm thickness using the Fuel3D Studio software and exported in STL format to Autodesk Meshmixer.

“Thanks to the quality of the scan from SCANIFY, I didn’t have to do much in Meshmixer, other than soften the edges a little,” said Steve.

Steve then printed the 3D model in white PLA on an Ultimaker2 at 80 microns layer height, cleaned-up the print and then applied acrylic glue to the surface.

“I then applied 3 layers of 24 carat gold leaf that I had bought from ebay,” said Steve. “The integrated loop was applied in Meshmixer to hold the chain, and finally sealed the surfaces with satin lacquer to create the finished piece.”

Results: “As you can see, the finished product speaks for itself!”

Steve Cox User Story

More information: Find out more about Steve’s work with the CREATE Education project at www.createeducation.co.uk

Create Education

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by charlief3d May 19, 2015

SCANIFY user: Stefan Nitz

Location: Goslar, Germany

Occupation: Owner, Makerlounge 3D Studio

Project background: As a 3D printing professional and enthusiast, Stefan Nitz has worked with many different types of printing material, ranging from copper and bronze to brass and wood, and, of course, the various PLA variations, such as self-illuminating or flexible PLA.

But for his son’s second birthday, Stefan wanted to try printing with a completely new and altogether more exciting material: CHOCOLATE!

Process: “I initially thought I would 3D print some cookie-cutters to help create a custom cake decoration, but then thought it would be even better to try and print the decorations directly using chocolate,” says Stefan. “I had already been successfully using the SCANIFY 3D scanner for several months and knew that it was capable of capturing very accurate details, such as the unique features of the face.”

After scanning his son’s face with SCANIFY, Stefan used a food-grade PLA (liquid chocolate) to print out a unique birthday cake decoration.

Results: “The birthday cake project was a great success and my mother’s reaction to it was wonderful,” says Stefan. “This was only made possible because SCANIFY captures the high level of detail that you need to be able to recognize a person. As you can see, even the little curls on his forehead have been picked up in the decoration.”

Makerlounge

More information: Read more about Stefan’s exploits in 3D printing with food in his German-language blog: http://www.3d-drucker-world.de/3d-toppings-fuer-torten-und-kuchen.

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by charlief3d May 13, 2015

SCANIFY user: Ton Oostveen

Location: Maastricht, the Netherlands

Occupation: Artist

Project background: The town of Maastricht in the Netherlands is well-known for its characteristic buildings – the city center contains many ornate and elaborate facades. But what you cannot see from the street is that inside many of these buildings also contain rich decorated ceilings throughout. Belgian artist, Ton Oostveen, wanted to highlight these features as part of a special lighting structure he was designing as part of an office space redecoration.

Process: “The feature light of this project was a 3D printed replica of an original ceiling piece, manufactured by MakerPoint Maastricht,” said Rik Theunissen, MakerPoint. “To create the 3D model, the original ceiling feature was captured in detail using SCANIFY. The team used a four-meter high ladder and a tablet computer to scan a quarter of the feature in 20 photos.”

It then took a couple of hours of stitching and manipulation to create the 3D model – Fuel3D Studio software was used to orientate and combine the images. Each quarter piece was then split in half to fit the bed size for the Ultimaker 2 3D printer and, after six days non-stop printing, the printed pieces were glued together to form the complete design.

Results: As you can see, the final output was an amazing success – a near-perfect recreation of a period feature:

MakerPoint ScanMakerPoint Print Scale

MakerPoint Scan Print

Project partner: Many thanks to our Dutch distributor, MakerPoint, for this great story. Visit www.makerpoint.com for more information.

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by dsullivan May 06, 2015

Strategic partnership to support development of high-speed, high-resolution 3D scanning applications for the U.S. Government

Fuel3D, a developer of 3D scanning solutions, today announced a strategic investment and technology development agreement with In-Q-Tel (IQT), the not-for-profit investment firm that identifies innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC).

The investment will allow Fuel3D to further the development of its high-speed, high-resolution 3D scanning technology to provide IQT government customers with advanced 3D scanning applications that can be used in many scenarios and environments.

“The ability for non-technical users to easily create 3D models of everyday objects is an exciting new capability,” said Simon Davidson, Partner, IQT Investments. “We’re eager to help our government customers leverage these advances through the further development of Fuel3D’s technology.”

Fuel3D has developed the world’s first 3D scanning technology to combine pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging to capture and process a 3D model in seconds.

The Fuel3D system is capable of generating high-resolution color 3D models of objects, environments, and individuals, which enables numerous precise measurements of a subject. Originally developed for medical applications, Fuel3D scanning technology uses a proprietary approach that fuses geometric and photometric stereo images to create accurate 3D models.

Fuel3D technology holds a significant advantage over other 3D scanning systems when scanning the human form: Speed. Images are captured in less than one tenth of a second, which effectively negates the errors typically associated with a subject moving during scanning. Rapid 3D image capture presents the opportunity to generate accurate 3D measurements that go far beyond what 2D imaging can provide. This kind of measureable data presents opportunities for the use of 3D scanning in sectors such as biometrics, fashion, footwear, orthopedics and sport.

“The speed with which we capture high resolution 3D data is key to what makes Fuel3D’s technology different,” said Stuart Mead, CEO, Fuel3D. “In just a tenth of a second, our platform can capture an accurate, measurable, full-color 3D model at resolutions of 350 microns (0.35mm) or better.”

In January 2015, Fuel3D introduced its first product: SCANIFY – a handheld, point-and-shoot 3D scanner designed and priced for the consumer 3D market. With the investment from IQT, the technology that underpins SCANIFY will be developed for additional applications.

About Fuel3D
Fuel3D is a developer of advanced 3D scanning systems and solutions. Originally developed for the medical imaging sector, the Fuel3D technology has been adapted for the broader 3D market, with the goal of bringing the benefits of point-and-shoot 3D imaging to consumers, professionals and businesses. Since generating worldwide attention through a successful crowdfunding campaign which was ranked in the top 0.5% of Kickstarter campaigns in 2013 by revenue, the company has gone on to raise millions in private investment and sign retail and distribution partners across the world.

Based on technology developed by Professor Ron Daniel, Lecturer in Engineering Science at Oxford University, Fuel3D is today led by Stuart Mead, CEO, a veteran of several successful global technology ventures, and supported by an expert team of hardware and software engineers and scientists. For more information, visit www.fuel-3D.com

About IQT
In-Q-Tel is the not-for-profit, strategic investment firm that works to identify, adapt, and deliver innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Launched in 1999 as a private, independent organization, IQT’s mission is to identify and partner with companies developing cutting-edge technologies that serve the national security interests of the United States. For more information, visit www.iqt.org.

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