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Fuel3D: A handheld 3D scanner for less than $1000

A project in Greenville, SC by Fuel3D Inc.

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The world's first handheld point-and-shoot, full color 3D scanner available for under $1,000. Fire up your creativity!
Backers: 437
Average Pledge Per Backer: $744

Funded: $325,343 of $75,000
Dates: Jul 31st -> Sep 1st (33 days)
Project By: Fuel3D Inc.
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Latest News

After $300K Kickstarter, Fuel3D Bags Further $2.6M For Its High-Res 3D Scanner & Talks Early IPO

February 13th - via:
Back in the summer we covered Fuel3D’s Kickstarter campaign for a high res scanner that can turn real world objects into 3D models with accurate geometry and colour — a companion device for the rise in ownership of 3D printers (which of course need 3D blueprints to print). (Read More)

The end is nigh!

August 30th - via:
Wow, is that one month already?  Yes folks, the end of our Kickstarter campaign is almost upon us. On Sunday at 3:00pm Eastern US Time, the Fuel3D rollercoaster will come to a gentle halt – at least as far as Kickstarter is concerned! There is... (Read More)

Capturing color with Fuel3D for on-screen applications

August 28th - via:
Hi everyone! A number of people have got in touch with questions around color, and what kinds of “maps” can be extracted from Fuel3D data. So, for this blog entry we will talk about how our handheld 3D scanner captures color information, why this... (Read More)

Great news regarding stitching!

August 26th - via:
Hello everyone, and especially to those of you who are keen to see automatic stitching capabilities available with Fuel3D. It will come as no surprise to learn that we have had significant interest in this feature from all over the world. As a... (Read More)

MakerBot Digitizer and Fuel3D: lowering the cost of 3D scanning for everyone!

August 23rd - via:
We were excited to see the launch of the MakerBot Digitizer turntable 3D scanner yesterday. It’s great to see that other companies share our vision for bringing affordable 3D scanning to a wider audience, and this can only be a good thing for the... (Read More)

Stitching: How to combine multiple scans

August 22nd - via:
Aloha from Fuel3D HQ! Many of our supporters on Kickstarter have been asking about “stitching”, what it is, why it is important, and how it is done. Let’s try to address these questions in today’s blog. The Fuel3D scanner captures high... (Read More)

Capturing a 3D scan of an object with Fuel3D

August 18th - via:
For this update entry we would like to walk you through how you would use the Fuel3D handheld 3D scanner to acquire a scan of an object. Acquiring 3D images with Fuel3D is straightforward. You will need a Fuel3D scanner, a PC/Mac running the Fuel3D... (Read More)

$250k pledged; Stretch Goal 1 achieved!

August 16th - via:
We’re delighted to announce that Fuel3D’s handheld 3D scanner project just passed the $250,000 mark on Kickstarter. This is a great achievement that also takes us past our first stretch goal, meaning that our final product will now incorporate a... (Read More)

How Fuel3D works… (the techie stuff)

August 16th - via:
Hi everyone! We’ve received a number of (unsolicited!) compliments about the quality of the 3D data output by the Fuel3D handheld 3D scanner, so for our latest blog post we thought it would be useful to give you some insight into how the system... (Read More)

How large a subject can be acquired in a single Fuel3D image?

August 14th - via:
We have been really busy here at Fuel3D and have been delighted by the response to our handheld 3D scanner project on Kickstarter. Again we would like to thank all of our supporters for helping us spread the word and excite the world about Fuel3D!  ... (Read More)

Uformia MeshUp Video - Manual Stitching of Fuel3D scans

August 13th - via:
Hi everyone, We're pleased to update you with the latest progress from Uformia. The following video has been created to show how MeshUp stitches multiple Fuel3D scans together!  Note, this video shows the current manual process, once we achieve the... (Read More)

Revealed: Limited edition 3D cover design from Joshua Harker

August 13th - via:
Today we are delighted to reveal the design of a unique product casing designed by renowned 3D artist, Joshua Harker. The limited edition casing is only available to pledgers for Fuel3D’s Kickstarter campaign. American artist, Joshua Harker, is... (Read More)

$200,000 reached!

August 7th - via:
Thanks again to all our backers and also everyone who has shared information about our Kickstarter project through your facebook, twitter, email or good old fashioned word of mouth.. we hit $200,000 early this morning which is a great excuse for a... (Read More)

Stretch goals added

August 6th - via:
Hi Everyone.  Firstly I want to say a HUGE thanks to everyone has backed us so far. The success we have seen in the first few days has really exceeded our expectations and we couldn't be happier!   As a result of this success we have been able to... (Read More)

Fuel3D — A Remarkable Handheld, Hi-Res, Colour 3D Scanner On KS

August 6th - via:
The Fuel3D handheld scanner is claiming to compete favourably with competitive products in the range of $15,000 — for just under $1000. The Fuel3D team is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. (Read More)


August 5th - via:
I know you’ve nearly filled up your hard-drive with all those selfie shots you post to Instagram and Facebook. Just imagine, however, if that mobile device was a handheld 3D scanner, capable of capturing your porous cheek flaps and gorgeous skin tones. It’s happening with the push of a button and a triple-flash of 3D geometry grabbing delight. Fuel3D is taking years of research, a mix of 3D acquiring technology and combining it in the first ever, full-color handheld 3D scanner. Of course, they have a Kickstarter campaign with a response that has crushed their $75,000 goal and there’s plenty of time to join the action. (Read More)

A high end 3D scanner for $1000? You bet!

August 3rd - via:
Another day, another Kickstarter story, and another 3D scanning product – but Fuel3D could seriously shake up the professional 3D scanning industry (Read More)

Fuel3D hits Kickstarter with 3D scanner for under $1,000

August 2nd - via:
UK company Fuel3D has smashed its target of $75,000 in its first three days on Kickstarter as it looks to release scanner for under $1,000 (Read More)

Crowdpleaser: Fuel3D scant de wereld om je heen

August 2nd - via:
De Fuel3D is een scanner die vormen, voorwerpen en mensen in 3d en inclusief textuur en kleur kan scannen voor in 3d-programma's. (Read More)

Handheld 3D scanner passes Kickstarter goal in a day

August 1st - via:
For less than $1,000, Fuel3D owners will be able to generate realistic 3D models of faces, flowers and any other object around them. (Read More)

The Fuel3D Is A Handheld, High Resolution 3D Scanner For Sub-$1,000 That Can Grab Faces & Textures

August 1st - via:
Makers and 3D designers who want to replicate the shape and colour of real-world objects in their creations clap your eyes on the above gizmo. The Fuel3D is a handheld, high resolution 3D scanner, which captures 3D photos of real-world objects/subjects and, in conjunction with its creators’ software, turns them into a 3D model with accurate geometry and colour. (Read More)

Fuel3D Handheld 3D Scanner Launches For $1000 (video)

August 1st - via:
Fuel3D Inc has this week launched a new 3D scanner which hope to change the face of current 3D scanning technology and has developed the very first handheld point-and-shoot, full colour 3D scanner available for under $1,000. (Read More)

Fuel3D: The affordable handheld 3D scanner

August 1st - via:
FUEL3D is an affordable handheld 3D scanning system that delivers extremely high quality 3D shape and colour capture for a range of creative applications. We’re on Kickstarter, looking for support to bring this exciting new product to market. (Read More)

Fuel3D looks to Kickstarter to crowdfund a sub-$1,000 full color handheld 3D scanner

August 1st - via:
The explosion of interest in 3D printing over the last couple of years is no secret, but while there are all sorts of 3D printers you can use to realize your creations, building the high-quality 3D images required to create the prints is a bit more of a challenge. (Read More)

Fuel3D Start-Up Promises Affordable Point-and-Shoot 3D Scanner

August 1st - via:
Fuel3D Inc. is a new start-up that recently arrived to Kickstarter, promising an 'affordable point-and-shoot 3D scanner' that will allow anyone to easily take 3D images for rendering and ultimately production on standard 3D printing platforms. (Read More)

Fuel3D Launches Handheld 3D Scanner on Kickstarter

August 1st - via:
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Fuel3D Scanner Kickstarter Campaign

August 1st - via:
The Fuel3D scanner has reached its kickstarter fundraising goal (Read More)


August 1st - via:
Born in Oxford University, Fuel3D is developed by an expert team of hardware and software engineers and scientists. Originally developed for the medical imaging sector, Fuel3D’s technology is being adapted for the broader 3D market, with the goal of bringing the benefits of point-and-shoot 3D imaging to consumers and professionals alike. (Read More)

Fuel 3D: an affordable 3D scanner for less than $1000

August 1st - via:
Fuel3D is the world’s first 3D scanner to combine pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging to capture and process files in seconds. (Read More)

Look Ma, no calibration: Handheld 3D scanner points and shoots

August 1st - via:
The 3D printer market is heating up but the real problem is getting a 3D scanner that can deliver a good template of what you want to print. That is easier said than done. (Read More)

High-resolution 3D scans from the $1,000 Fuel3D on Kickstarter

August 1st - via:
The most affordable and easiest to use handheld 3D scanner is on Kickstarter and it’s called Fuel3D. (Read More)

Fuel3D: un escáner 3D barato, portátil y con calidad profesional

August 1st - via:
Estamos viviendo un boom de tecnología en 3D. Ya sea en forma de impresiones o mediante modelaje para juegos, lo cierto es que la calidad de modelos hechos por ordenador cada día es más alta. Pero hay un impedimento a la hora de tomar modelos reales como base para nuestro trabajo. Ya sean caras de personas o texturas de objetos, la toma de este modelo lleva tiempo. El Fuel3D es un escáner 3D barato y portátil que ayuda a que este proceso sea tan sencillo como tomar una foto. (Read More)

Fuel3D escáner de mano, increíble resolución.

August 1st - via:
Fuel3D fue concebido en la Universidad de Oxford, Inglaterra, por un equipo de expertos en desarrollo de hardware y sofware entre ingenieros y científicos. Esta empresa nació originalmente para desarrollar proyecciones en el área de medicina, hoy en día están desarrollando un escáner de mano de alta calidad y resolución ideal para impresoras 3D. (Read More)

Fuel3D Handheld 3D Scanner Launches On Kickstarter For Less Than $1000

August 1st - via:
High quality handheld 3D scanners can cost upwards of $15,000, but that may change in the near future with Fuel3D Inc launching their Fuel3D handheld scanner on Kickstarter. The Fuel 3D will be able to capture extremely high resolution mesh and colour information of objects. (Read More)

Affordable Point-and-Shoot 3D Scanner Launches on Kickstarter

July 31st - via:
Fuel3D Inc. today announced the start of a crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter that will bring the Fuel3D scanner to the world. Fuel3D is an affordable handheld 3D scanner that delivers high resolution shape and color capture for a range of 3D modeling applications, such as 3D printing, 3D art and 3D game development. (Read More)

Affordable point-and-shoot 3D scanner launches on Kickstarter

July 31st - via:
Fuel3D Inc. has announced the start of a crowd-funded campaign on Kickstarter to launch the Fuel3D scanner (Read More)

Unleash the potential in 3D printing with Fuel3D handheld 3D scanner

July 31st - via:
Fuel3D launched on Kickstarter this morning with a handheld 3D scanner that’s capable of capturing extremely high resolution mesh (250 microns) and color information of objects in 3D, for around $1000. According to the creators, that’s an order of magnitude less than today’s commercial solutions of comparable resolution. (Read More)

[PRESS RELEASE] Affordable Point-and-Shoot 3D Scanner Launches on Kickstarter

July 31st - via:
Fuel3D combines high resolution 3D modeling with accurate color capture (Read More)

[PRESS RELEASE] Affordable Point-and-Shoot 3D Scanner Launches on Kickstarter

July 31st - via:
Fuel3D combines high resolution 3D modeling with accurate color capture (Read More)

Fuel3D brings point-and-shoot 3D scanning prototype to Kickstarter

July 31st - via:
As a seemingly endless stream of companies work to bring the world its first truly mainstream desktop 3D printer, a number of folks are attempting to bridge a fairly fundamental disconnect: how to best help the average consumer get their hands on 3D models in the first place. (Read More)

Fuel3D Affordable Point-and-Shoot 3D Scanner To Complement Your 3D Printer, Now on Kickstarter

July 31st - via:
When the folks behind Fuel3D say they have a 3D camera scanner, they’re not talking about a simple stereoscopic device; rather the Fuel3D is a “fully 3D surface scanner consisting of a large number of physical and color measurements” including geometric stereo and photometric stereo data, which it then combines to create the image. (Read More)

Fuel3D: Affordable point-and-shoot handheld 3D scanner on Kickstarter

July 31st - via:
Fuel3D Inc. today launched Fuel3D, an affordable handheld 3D scanner that captures extremely high resolution mesh and color information of objects on crowd funding platform Kickstarter. (Read More)

Fuel3D is an Affordable 3D Scanner that Works Like a Point and Shoot Camera

July 31st - via:
The Fuel3D handheld scanner achieves high resolution and color imaging, and is available on Kickstarter for $1000. (Read More)

Fuel3D: A handheld 3D scanner for less than $1000

July 31st - via:
The world’s first handheld point-and-shoot, full color 3D scanner available for under $1,000. Fire up your creativity!3D is booming… (Read More)

[PRESS RELEASE] Affordable Point-and-Shoot 3D Scanner Launches on Kickstarter

July 31st - via:
Affordable Point-and-Shoot 3D Scanner Launches on Kickstarter. (Read More)

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