3D printing is all the rage, but it can be hard to create designs to print on your MakerBot. A startup called Matter and Form just released a really cool, 3D scanner that can scan small and medium-sized objects to create a true 3D model for printing. Although we’ve never seen it in action, this 3D scanner looks pretty awesome. Thanks to Getgeeked NYC and Matter and Form, we’re giving away a 3D Scanner to one lucky DT reader!
The Matter and Form 3D Scanner has an HD camera with dual lasers that rests on a moving platform to scan whatever object you put in form of it. After a short setup, all you have to do is plunk a cool object down on the platform, press a button, sit back, and watch it scan. The scanner can create watertight 3D models within 0.25mm of the size of the original object. You’ll be able to scan items up to 190 x 190 x 250mm in size. Matter and Form says its scanner can capture 2,000 points a second and it can do it in color, if you want. The company’s software then saves the scanned object as a file. File formats include .STL, .OBJ, and point cloud .PLY files, so you should be able to print the file on most 3D printers. You can check out Matter and Form’s website for more details. Sounds pretty cool right?
DTers in New York, be sure to check out the Getgeeked conference at 7PM ET Thursday, Oct. 16 at the Metropolitan West. You can register for the event here. We’ll all be there and our Photography Editor, Les Shu, is hosting a panel.
To enter, just use the official entry form
Matter and Form 3D Scanner contest details:
Starts: Oct. 15
Ends: Sunday, Oct. 19 at 11:59PM PT
U.S. residents only: Sorry to our worldwide fans
Random: Winners are chosen at random
Don’t get greedy: Please only enter the permitted number of times