For our final entry in this week-long Consumer Electronics Show gadget showcase, we go with a little CanCon in the form of Matterform, a 3D scanning device invented by a group of Torontonians.
There are a few notable things about the product, which uses lasers to scan small-ish objects into 3D computer files that can then be output through a 3D printer. First is its price – at $579, it truly is affordable for anyone looking to get into 3D printing.
Second is its compactness and pleasing form. It looks a bit like a vinyl record player, and it indeed houses a turntable that rotates objects placed for scanning. The scanner is also relatively fast – it takes between five and 45 minutes to do its job.
It’s essentially one-half of a reality photo copier, which is super cool. Plus, did I mention it users lasers?
As company founders Adam Brandejs and Drew Cox explain in the video below, 3D scanners are rapidly becoming necessary for people who own 3D scanners and who don’t have CAD design skills: