Started by ex-employees of the professional-grade scanning system producer Artec 3D, the Moscow-based 3D imaging company Thor3D has swiftly become a household name in the 3D scanning industry. Earlier this year, the startup shared a demonstration of their first handheld 3D scanner, simply named the Thor 3D Scanner, as well as their advanced marker system, which enables users to scan large-scale objects with ease. Headed by CEO Anna Zevelyov, Thor3D is now looking to move ahead of the competitive pack with their newest creation, the “Drake” 3D scanner.
Their latest scanning system is both wireless and handheld, capable of capturing objects both small and large. The “body” of the scanning system contains a built-in computer, a seven-inch touchscreen, and a battery. Once the device captures 3D data and compiles it in real time, it is then transferred over to a computer via WiFi or USB for finalization and export. Using proprietary algorithms, Drake is able to capture certain aspects of objects that were previously inaccessible for handheld scanners, such as sharp edges or thin plastic walls.
The Drake is a white light 3D scanner that comes equipped three interchangeable sets of lenses, each with a different Field of View (FoV) to scan different sized objects. The first lens set is called “Maxi,” which is designed to scan large objects such as cars. The second set is called “Midi,” used to scan medium objects like a dashboard of a car. Finally, the third set, called “Mini,” is meant for scanning small objects, like the gear-shift handle in that automobile. Depending on which set of lenses you use, the maximum accuracy of your data will be between 40 and 200 microns, while the maximum resolution will rest somewhere between 0.15mm and 1.00mm.
According to Thor3D, these lenses never have to be calibrated and can be switched out easily, similar to the way you’d switch lenses on a professional photo camera. What makes their new Drake device even more unique is that it’s equipped with two projectors, while other standard systems usually have just one. The scanning system will also include Thor3D Suite, their proprietary desktop editing software and embedded scanning program.
The first run of Drake 3D scanners will ship out in November 2016, and pre-sale orders can be placed through the Thor3D website. It’s important to note that each set of lenses will be sold separately from the “body” of the device. Users will be able to purchase all three sets, or they can just invest in the one they think they’ll primarily use. With their latest 3D scanning system, Thor3D is aiming to offer their users a multi-purpose instrument: one 3D scanner that can be used for any scanning job imaginable. Discuss further in the Thor3D 3D Scanner forum over at 3DPB.com.