Full body-sized 3D scanners are becoming one of the more sought-after 3D scanning applications in the industry. So far there are only a small number of human-sized 3D scanners available to the public, but that number is expected to rapidly increase in the coming years. Primarily these scanners will be used to generate 3D avatars that can be used for online shopping and virtual clothes fitting, and retailer stores throughout the country are expected to start offering scanning booths for this purpose. Currently most 3D scanning booths are large, circular booths fitted with dozens of cameras or large rotating camera rigs, but a few companies are trying to shrink that down into a more manageable size.
Florida-based 3D printing company 3D MakerJet has been hinting at their compact full body 3D scanner for a few years now, and they are finally starting to show the technology off. This week the company finally added a unit to their Orlando showroom where visitors can see it in person and watch the 3D scanner in action. 3D MakerJet even recently demonstrated the product by 3D scanning legendary rocker Michael Pinera of Iron Butterfly and Blues Image fame. According to 3D MakerJet this was just the first of several planned celebrities that they plan to memorialize with full body scans.
The MakerJet Pro full-body scanner was developed to simplify the user experience and reduce the machine’s footprint. The 3D scanner comes with a streamlined stand-alone 3D processor that stands six feet tall. The user stands on a rotating platform that will slowly turn them in a full circle while the processor captures their entire body. The proprietary software captures a full spectrum of 3D data and converts it into a highly accurate 3D scan of the user’s body. The entire process, including the 3D scanning and the rendering, will only take about five minutes in total.
“Our new, large, rotating scanner is revolutionary, as it can scan a person, or even an engine crankshaft – feeding the image to our 3D printer models to print an exact replica,” explained John Crippen, the President of 3D MakerJet Inc.
In addition to retail stores, MakerJet Pro is planning on marketing their 3D scanner to a wider range of businesses and applications. The company believes that their technology could have uses in business and industrial settings where large parts or components need to be 3D scanned in order to to replicate, repair or reproduce them. Rather than taking time-consuming measurements or using handheld 3D scanners, the entire part can be 3D scanned and converted into a 3D model. They also believe that law enforcement would have several used for the large 3D scanner, to capture large pieces of evidence, or even to 3D scan suspects to aid them in searching for physical evidence.
3D MakerJet sells a full line of 3D printers, including their line of Originator desktop FDM printers, as well as upcoming delta-style candy 3D printer and powderless metal 3D printers. Their products are developed with Chinese 3D printer manufacturer ZBOT, who sell their own versions in the Chinese 3D printer market. 3D MakerJet is happy to show off their new 3D scanner at their showroom, located at the Orlando Quorum Center, 4303 Vineland Road, Suite F2, Orlando, FL, 32811. Interested parties can call (407)930-0807 or email to find out more about their products or set up a visit to their facility. Discuss in the 3D MakerJet & 3D Scanner in Orlando Showroom forum over at 3DPB.com.