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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charlief3d
Marketing & Communications at Fuel3D. Lover of new tech, innovations and travelling. You can find me boosting around on my Boosted board in my spare time.
by charlief3d Jan 06, 2016
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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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Marketing & Communications at Fuel3D. Lover of new tech, innovations and travelling. You can find me boosting around on my Boosted board in my spare time.
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 dsullivan Sep 11, 2015

Venus of Galgenberg captured using SCANIFY 3D scanner and 3D printed for exhibition in Brussels museum

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The Venus of Galgenberg

Fuel3D, a developer of customized 3D imaging solutions, announced today that its SCANIFY 3D scanner has been used to recreate an ancient statue for a unique exhibition at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium.

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Scanning the Venus with SCANIFY
Venus scan in Fuel3D Studio
Venus scan in Fuel3D Studio

In collaboration with the Louvre Museum, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium is currently hosting an exhibition entitled “2050 – a brief history of the future”. As part of this exhibition, the museum wanted to exhibit a 3D-printed replica of the Venus of Galgenberg and worked with Fuel3D and Belgian 3D printing firm, Trideus to make this a reality.

The Venus of Galgenberg, one of the world’s oldest figurines, is dated around 30,000 B.C. and is permanently housed at the Museum of Natural History in Vienna. The concept of recreating a 3D-printed copy of the Venus for the exhibition in Brussels was designed to show how technology might change the way that people experience art in the future.

The SCANIFY handheld 3D scanner was used to capture several images of the Venus at its home in Vienna. These images were then combined in Fuel3D Studio software to create a full 3D model of the Venus in high-resolution shape and colour.

The 3D model files were then provided to Trideus who prepared the replica Venus for 3D printing. The Venus was printed in full color using sandstone printing technology, which works by printing binder material and colored ink layer-by-layer into a bed of gypsum-based powder.

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Venus 3D printed in sandstone
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Venus 3D printed in sandstone

“We are delighted with this part of our exhibition, which truly shows the potential of technologies like 3D printing and scanning,” said Jennifer Beauloye, curator of the exhibition 2050. A Brief History of the Future, Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium. “It has been a pleasure to work with Fuel3D and Trideus on this project. With this, we hope to initiate a reflection and to open a debate on the evolution of the museum in the digital era.”

Stuart Mead with 3D printed Venus

SCANIFY is a handheld, point-and-shoot 3D scanner, designed to capture high-resolution, color 3D models of objects in in under 0.1 seconds. SCANIFY is designed for use across a range of 3D applications, including 3D printing and personalization, as well as on-screen applications like 3D art and animation.

“This was a wonderful project to be part of,” said Stuart Mead, CEO, Fuel3D. “We developed SCANIFY to help bring the potential of 3D to a wider audience and this application is a perfect example of how it is doing that.”

“We have enjoyed the challenge set us by the Royal Museum,” said Jesse Buteneers, CEO of Trideus. “By bringing together some of the best technologies in 3D scanning and printing, we have been able to achieve something very special.”

About the Venus of Galgenberg
The Venus was discovered in1988 during the excavation of a habitation of Palaeolithic hunters at Galgenberg near Stratzing in Austria, broken into several pieces. The Venus is a 7.2 cm high figurine of a woman weighing 10 g and made of greenish, amphibolite slate. The upper body is turned to the side, in a dancing position, with a three-dimensional front and a flat back. The figurine is believed to have had cultic or religious significance.

About Trideus
Trideus is a reseller and distributor of 3D printers, 3D scanners and all other 3D printing equipment’s and solutions. It has a unique combination of a webshop and a showroom, which people can visit on appointment to discover the 3D printing world and get the appropriate guidance and information depending on the customer’s needs. Trideus’ great range of 3D printers, 3D scanners and accessories allows the company to offer specialized printers for specific needs. This way, Trideus tries to bring 3D printing to everybody. www.trideus.be

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 suthomas Jul 27, 2015

 

SCANIFY is a great tool for creating customized pieces of jewelry.  The scanner is perfect for capturing 3D models of organic shapes, faces and artifacts that you can use to produce your own unique creations and make beautiful gifts for your clients or loved ones.

Through Jenny’s story, we’ll show you how easy it is to start scanning and making customized jewelry.

Create 3D jewelry with SCANIFY
Create 3D jewelry with SCANIFY

(1) Using SCANIFY, Jenny is able to differentiate her business by offering personalized jewelry services to clients, like Mark (2) who wanted a special gift for his girlfriend by creating a necklace of a feather (3) that they found on their first date.

Jenny used SCANIFY to capture the shape and form of the feather (4) (5).  In less than 0.1 seconds, SCANIFY acquired a series of stereoscopic photographs, which were then processed in about 30 seconds to produce a single 3D model.

Using the free Fuel3D Studio software, Jenny easily cropped the scan to get the precise feather shape required (6).

Using Meshmixer (7), Jenny was then able to insert a loop for the necklace chain and the feather pendant was almost ready, it just needed to be 3D printed.

Jenny chose an online 3D printing service (8) to get the pendant 3D printed in silver and shortly received the beautiful, one-of-a-kind feather necklace in the mail (9).

Both Mark and his girlfriend were delighted with the results!

 

Suitable materials for 3D printing jewelry

Jenny 3D printed the feather pendant in sterling silver. The 3d printing service used wax 3D printing and lost-wax casting in order to build the pendant.

The process to do this is simple. First, take one more wax sprues and attach them to the 3D-printed model. Next, affix the model with the sprue to a wax tree. The wax tree should then be placed within a flask and covered with plaster that, when solidified, forms the mold. The plaster mold is then placed in an oven for several hours until the wax is completely burned out and the cavity is ready. At that point the material you use, in our example, silver, can be casted in the cavities left by the wax. When the silver solidifies, the plaster is then broken and the model is ready. Your final steps include some hand polishing with fine sandpaper to create the final pristine finish.

Jenny had several other options of materials to choose from. Here are some of the other materials you can work with for producing customized jewelry:

Titanium

Models in titanium are very precise, strong, and can have features as small as 0.25 mm. The technique used to build the design is Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), which creates the model layer by layer by using a fine metal powder.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is the cheapest form of printable metal, but is very strong and appropriate for larger items. Binding stainless steel powder layer by layer creates the model. Once the layer is spread, a print head moves over the layer depositing a binding agent.

Silver

3D Models created in sterling silver are perfect for creating jewelry, as the material is safe to wear on the skin. Rings, earrings, bracelets designs are built by 3D printing wax molds and then through the lost-wax casting process. The wax printing process creates support structures, which hold the mold in place. Once the model is cleaned, it is ready for the casting process. The molten silver is poured into the cavities left by wax, left to cool and solidify.

Gold

Prevalently used for creating really highly valuable jewelry. It has the same process as silver: wax support structures get attached to the model, covered in a fine plaster and removed after the printing process. Then, the molten gold is poured and left to solidify.  The plaster is broken and after the gold models are taken out, they get sanded and polished.

Brass

This material is a good substitute to gold as it offers a similar look, with the same level of detail, but is more economical. The process of creation is the same as with silver and gold material, through Wax 3D printing and lost wax casting.

Bronze

This material has been used for centuries and is perfect for fashion jewelry accessories such as belt buckles or hangers. The process of creation is the same as with silver, gold and brass, through Wax 3D printing and lost-wax casting.

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