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Matterform’s Desktop 3D Scanner is Cheaper than a Tablet
Posted By Lori Zimmer On April 3, 2013 @ 2:00 pm In green technology | 1 Comment
Tech lovers have already been 3D printing everything from ornaments to their own faces with small desktop 3D printers. But now the technology is even more accessible, as low-cost 3D scanners make their way to the market. MakerBot says it has a 3D scanner  in the works, but Canadian company Matterform is beating them to the punch, already offering consumers the lightweight Photon 3D scanner  at a price that’s cheaper than a tablet.
Although not available until August, Matterform has been busy hyping up the Photon scanner with its Indiegogo campaign . The lightweight device is small enough to fit on a desktop, powerful enough to scan a 3D object quickly and easily, and it’s priced at just $399. Using lasers, the Photon can scan in high resolution, then transfer the data to either a file to be manipulated, or directly to a 3D printer. With a Photon and 3D printer on your desk, work life is propelled into the future, with an actual replicating system at your fingertips .
The Photon’s machinery doesn’t take up much space, and it is easily storable, folding up into a thin case so that it can be transported to another work station easily. Early backers can snag a Photon as early as July, but those who miss the boat will have a chance to buy a scanner once they are widely distributed in August.
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/matterforms-desktop-3d-scanner-is-cheaper-than-a-tablet/matterform-photon/
 MakerBot says it has a 3D scanner: http://inhabitat.com/makerbot-unveils-prototype-for-desktop-3d-scanner-at-sxsw/
 Photon 3D scanner: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/photon-3d-scanner/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/matterforms-desktop-3d-scanner-is-cheaper-than-a-tablet/matterform-photon1/
 actual replicating system at your fingertips: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/photos-see-inside-makerbots-new-3-d-printing-store-in-soho/makerbot-store1/
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