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 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 Aug 12, 2015

Mass-personalization scanning booths with integrated 3D capture technology unveiled at SIGGRAPH 2015

Los Angeles, CA – August 12, 2015 – Fuel3D Labs, a developer of customized 3D imaging solutions, announced today that mass-personalization software company 3DplusMe has extended its SaaS platform to be compatible with Fuel3D’s image capture technology. The combined system is being unveiled for the first time at the SIGGRAPH 2015 tradeshow in Los Angeles this week.

3DplusMe was the first company to create an end-to-end, turnkey, fully customizable platform for mass personalization. The company has partnered with leading brands to bolster their brand-activation strategies by offering 3D-printed merchandise personalized through the power of 3D face scanning technology. 3DplusMe has licensing agreements with major sports leagues, gaming entities and entertainment companies to offer toys and collectibles.

Prior to engaging with Fuel3D Labs, the 3DplusMe platform already accepted inputs from a range of image capture technologies suitable for a variety of form factors, including floor-standing kiosks. For the kiosk portion of its business, the partnership provides 3DplusMe with access to the core features of Fuel3D’s cost-effective technology, which captures a high-resolution, color 3D scan of a face in less than a tenth of a second. As with conventional 2D photography, rapid capture delivers sharper images and greater ability to capture a fleeting expression.

“Our partnership with Fuel3D provides access to best-of-breed capabilities, including instant capture and stunning spatial resolution in a compact device,” said Tom Ngo, CTO, 3DPlusMe. “When fans experience 3DplusMe to become their favorite superheroes or athletes, this translates into a spontaneous, social encounter, which can help companies deepen their brand engagement with customers.”

This is the first implementation to be publicly announced by Fuel3D Labs, which leverages advanced 3D scanning technologies to develop new products for companies that want to harness the potential of fast, cost-effective, high quality, 3D imaging in their business. Its parent company, Fuel3D, is the company behind the award-winning SCANIFY handheld 3D scanner.

“We are very excited to be working with an innovative company like 3DplusMe, who have some incredible partnerships with some of the world’s leading sporting and entertainment brands,” said Stuart Mead, CEO, Fuel3D Labs. “The technology that underpins our SCANIFY product is highly adaptable and configurable to suit a wide range of applications and we look forward to revealing more of our exciting engagements in due course.”

About 3DplusMe
3DplusMe delivers the premier capture-to-print SaaS platform for mass personalization. It is the fastest way for a brand to get to market with personalized 3D printing, and the easiest way to achieve scale with consumers. A one-stop solution, the 3DplusMe platform addresses every aspect of mass personalization, including acquisition of facial or other personalized data, content ingestion, content personalization, quality assurance, fulfillment, support, remote management, and reporting.

About Fuel3D Labs
Fuel3D Labs is the custom development division of Fuel3D and we create innovative 3D scanning applications for a range of industry sectors. Our goal is to work with companies that want to harness the potential of accurate, high-resolution 3D image capture in their markets.

Our parent company, Fuel3D, is a developer of high speed 3D image capture technologies that produce high-resolution, color 3D models. SCANIFY®, the company’s first consumer product, is a handheld 3D scanner designed to allow high quality 3D content to be quickly and easily captured for a range of applications. For more information, visit www.Fuel3DLabs.com

For more information, contact:

Danny Sullivan

PERGALI Ltd.

Tel: +44 772 497 4255

Email: dsullivan@pergali.com

Cydni Tetro
3DplusMe
Email: cydni@3dplus.me

 

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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 suthomas Apr 22, 2015

Gallery Benefitting ALS Research to Take Place April 6 through May 4 in Partnership with The New York Design Center and Fuel3D

New York — When multi-media artist Brian Fender was diagnosed with ALS nearly four years ago, he and his partner Ron tried to hold onto their lives in New York City.  But after a year into life with ALS, they took a trip home to Arkansas for a visit and never went back to their apartment in the city.

For Brian, it took a terminal illness to fully appreciate the multitude of blessings that come with just being alive. His rediscovered love for the basic beauty of life, lead him to reconnect with artists and their work and his own creative spirit.

Through this transformative process, Brian has created and recently launched the non-profit Artists Lend Support (ALS).  Artists Lend Support is a fine art website with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the ALS Therapy Development Institute (www.ALS.net), a nonprofit biotechnology organization developing effective treatments for ALS.

To literally bring the mission behind Artists Lend Support to life, Brian Fender will be returning to New York to host a pop up art exhibition in partnership with 1stdibs Gallery at The New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Avenue, 10th Floor, from Monday, April 6 to Monday, May 4.   The Gallery hours of operation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.   An opening reception is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, from 6-8 p.m.

The following artists who have ALS and still inspire and create art will have work on display:

  • Brian Fender:  Brian will team up with renowned 3D artist Josh Harker to create a custom piece inspired by his journey with ALS.  This piece will feature facial scans of Brian, Ron, and ALS supporters attending the gallery opening, all captured using Fuel3D’s SCANIFY scanner.  The final piece will take the form of a sculpture featuring a “collage of faces” that he will assemble using CAD technology on-site at the gallery.  The piece will be sold at auction during the opening night event, in support of ALS TDI.
  • Tucker Stilley: Tucker has been paralyzed due to the effects of ALS for years but that hasn’t stopped his creativity.  He uses eye tracking technology to program his computer to create.  The piece he has donated was created through his eye movements captured by his computer.
  • Steve Dezember II:   Steve uses his wheelchair as his “paint brush” to create his vibrant paintings.

Other artists who will be showing and donating proceeds from their works include Carl Barnett, Shanan Campanaro, Robert Greene, Alicia Lachance, Jovi Schnell,  Karine Laval, Benjamin Allire Saenz, Jason Twiggy Lott, Steve Spazuk, LaDawna Whiteside, Michele Mikesell, Robin Tucker, Joshua Vogel, Kathi Robinson Frank and Tobie Giddio.

“I love artists and their creative spirits and, by curating this website and launching the Gallery in New York, hopefully I will expose others to contemporary artists who they might not be aware of,” says Brian. “I send a heartfelt thanks to all the brilliant  artists who have donated their work and support ALS, it truly makes a difference.”

About Artists Lend Support
Artist Lend Support is a non-profit, fine art website with proceeds / partial proceeds going to ALS services and research. The proceeds will go to ALS TDI whose continued research stays focused on the bottom line and the money raised for them utilized wisely.

About New York Design Center
Located at 200 Lexington Avenue, The New York Design Center is the industry’s premier resource for fine furnishings. Built in 1926 as the New York Furniture Exchange, 200 Lex was the dream of visionaries in the furniture industry. Today, the New York Design Center’s rich history enhances its reputation as a respected resource for imaginative solutions to any design challenge. Representing avant-garde, contemporary innovations as well as classic creations, 200 Lex is committed to remaining at the forefront of design. The Design Center houses over 33,000 square feet of antiques and 20th century design from 1stdibs® dealers as well as Access to Design™, a program that assists consumers in navigating the design process. To learn more, visit www.nydc.com.

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 raising more than $300,000 and generating worldwide attention through its successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013, the company has gone from strength to strength, raising millions in private investment and signing 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 the ALS Therapy Development Institute
The ALS Therapy Development Institute and its scientists actively discover and develop treatments for ALS. The Institute is the world’s first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100 percent on ALS research. Led by ALS patients and their families, the charity understands the urgent need to slow and stop this horrible disease. Based in Cambridge, MA, the Institute has served as one of the leaders in sharing data and information with academic and ALS research organizations, patients and their families. For more information, visit www.als.net.

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