A British inventor has unveiled a Star Trek style gadget – The world’s first handheld point-and-shoot, full colour 3D scanner available for under £650/$1,000.

Fuel3D is developed by an expert team of hardware and software engineers and scientists, from Oxford University.

They have developed the Fuel3D handheld scanner, a point-and-shoot 3D imaging system that captures extremely high resolution mesh and colour information of objects. Fuel3D is the world’s first 3D scanner to combine pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging to capture and process files in seconds. 

Fuel3D can be used by anyone who wants the ability to rapidly create 3D models. Whether you are part of the maker movement, involved in mass personalization, a game developer, animator, 3D artist or any other type of creative developer who uses 3D.

Fuel3D-ProductWhen combined with a 3D printer, it could be used to create 3D copies of everything from broken parts to 3D portraits.

They currently have a Kickstarter to help fund the final engineering works and to lower the component costs, so they are able to offer the Fuel3D for under £650/$1000. This will also further develop their software to make access to their high quality 3D data as easy as possible.

For more information and to support Fuel3D visit their Kickstarter Page

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