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There’s a race on to deliver a desktop scanner that matches the scale and accuracy of today’s desktop 3D printers, and Matterform is the current front-runner.

The subject rotates on the scanning platform as an HD camera records the contours of a pair of laser lines moving across its surface. The scanning envelope is a cylinder 7½" in diameter and 9¾" tall. Average scan time is around 3 minutes, and full-color scanning is supported.

Matterform comes with cross-platform software, and can save scans as raw point-cloud data or STL/OBJ meshes. The scanning platform folds up when not in use for easy storage or transport.

Matt Griffin

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