Handheld 3D scanner passes Kickstarter goal in a day

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You have a part that is broken and you want to 3D print a working replica. How do you create it? Traditionally, you would use a design program and build it by hand, which is time-consuming and difficult for a beginner. 3D scanners offer an alternative: Simply scan the original object and a replica is automatically generated.

Fuel3D, a handheld scanner that will cost less than $1,000, launched on Kickstarter Wednesday. On Thursday, it surpassed its goal of $75,000.

Fuel3D isn’t for just 3D printing. It’s also built for game developers, designers and artists–especially those who can’t afford more expensive options. It works similarly to a point-and- shoot camera and takes in information like color and texture. Scans taken with a prototype show the scanner can pick up a nice level of detail from objects like flowers and even human faces.

The first 50 backers will get the scanner…

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