3D printing has been a huge boon to home fabricators that want to create trinkets whenever they want. While all that plastic isn’t great for the environment, it’s already proven itself as a great enabler for designers and some silliness. That said, the spectrum of objects people can make is still restricted to a digital file library like Thingiverse, unless you know your way around a 3D modeling program or have a 3D scanner. The 3D Scan-to-Print Web App is a new Kickstarter project by the Volumental group that aims to turn any depth sensing camera, such as a Kinect, into a web connected 3D scanner.
Volumental says the plan is to create a seamless powered 3D scanning process where all you have to do is walk around the object to be replicated with a depth camera. After that, the browser program will automatically create a fully-textured 3D printable model that can be downloaded or sent off to an online printing service.
It might sound a little too good to be true, but there are programmers who have whipped together 3D printing apps in just two days that make digital models out of iPhone photos.
Right now, Volumental says its program can create digital models but they’re not ready for 3D printers just yet. So the startup is looking for your help through Kickstarter to raise $20,000. The money will be used to hire a dedicated developer to work on the backend algorithm as well as upgrade the backend server powering the whole the browser app. If the Kickstarter is successful, Volumental says to expect the program to roll out in January 2014.
If you’re interested in backing this project, pledging $10 will get your foot into the 3D printing web app door with a single, free 3D model creation. Putting $100 into the idea will net you 100 downloadable models, while a $300 contribution includes a new depth sensing camera to sweeten the pot.
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