When it comes to 3D printing, you can create designs in any number of ways. You can go old-school and use 3D modeling software to make almost anything if you have the design chops.
You can use a 3D scanner to capture a real-life object and translate it into a 3D print. What do you do if you don’t have a scanner, though? Well, with 3Digify’s technology, that’s no longer a problem.
You can turn your home camera into a high-resolution 3D scanner without a problem.
The concept behind the new technology from 3Digify, which is a new, small German company, is that most people actually already own most of the hardware needed for 3D scanning. It’s just not in the right package.
Essentially, the company is developing a software suite that will allow users to create their own high-resolution scanner from the components they already have, namely a digital camera, a projector and a computer.
The company’s software has been six years in the making, so you know a lot of research, time, blood, sweat and tears have gone into it. It’s also available as a subscription, so you pay for lifetime use with all the new updates and versions included in your subscription fee.
Here’s how it’s supposed to work:
- You sign up and pay your subscription fee, then download the software to your computer.
- You connect your camera and projector to the computer.
- You follow the software’s prompts to scan a partial view of the item you want to print.
- You turn the object to get a shot of the other side.
- The software combines the images taken into a seamless whole.
- You take the final file and export it to the format of your choice, then share it or print it immediately (if you have a printer handy).
Interestingly, the use of consumer-facing digital cameras and other technology allows the images captured to offer higher resolution than what’s possible with most actual 3D scanner on the market today.
Of course, the quality of your existing equipment will have a huge impact on the final quality (and if you don’t have a projector, you’ll absolutely have to shell out for one before you can scan anything).
They company is even offering help assembling a DIY turntable to help automate the scanning process if you prefer something a bit more automated.
If this sounds like the ideal solution for your own scanning needs, you can back the Kickstarter campaign right here. It has quite a way to go before being funded (as of this writing, they are at $2,600 of their $66,900 goal with 32 days to go).
There are several reward tiers on offer. The lowest is the basic “thank you for your support” option, but the second tier gets you a full month of access to the service once released.
Next up is the early bird special, and then full access plus the source information for the turntable. The highest tier (4,000 euros) gives you two years of access, early access to the software, and a lot more.