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Thor3D Releases Calibry Mini 3D Scanner for Digitizing Small Objects

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Made up of about 50 engineers and mathematicians, Thor3D has been creating and developing handheld 3D scanners since 2015. The international 3D imaging and complex data processing experts that make up the company, which is based out of Dusseldorf, Germany, and Moscow, have just announced the release of a brand new 3D scanner to the handheld Calibry product range that’s meant for capturing high-resolution data of smaller objects—the Calibry Mini.

Designed to digitize objects from 2 – 30 cm in length, the new Calibry Mini features a high resolution of up to 0.15 mm, which Thor3D says in a press release allows the small 3D scanner to “capture even the most intricate details,” such as fingerprints. Combine this high-quality resolution with the scanner’s intuitive interface, and you’ve got what sounds like a pretty useful tool for museums and archaeologists, medical professionals, and schools and universities.

Anna Zevelyov, the CEO of Thor3D, stated, “During development, our R&D engineers conducted a series of tests and we can say that the quality and detail of the data is very compelling.

“By adding the Mini to the original Calibry in our product portfolio, we created a complete 3D-scanning toolbox. Doctors will now have all the tools they might need to digitize any part of the human body (from a finger to a full body scan). Museums will now be able to capture entire collections (from jewelry to full-sized vintage carriage).”

According to Thor3D, the Calibry Mini has kept the best technical capabilities and features from its predecessor scanning system, namely that it can easily capture data of sharp edges as well as shiny and black objects. Additionally, the new Calibry Mini doesn’t look very different from the original Calibry 3D scanner either, and the company said that the Mini “was a natural step to expand Thor3D’s product line” with a product meant to digitize small objects.

At just 1.9 lbs, the Calibry Mini is lightweight, and features three separate scanning modes—geometry, markers, and texture—so that users can easily scan and capture complex geometries within the device’s field of view. Thor3D states that the new 3D scanner is dependable and easy to learn, especially due to a built-in 4″ touchscreen and blue LED lights, which “ensure high quality of captured data.”

The cameras for this portable 3D scanner were developed specifically for the new Calibry Mini, and it also comes with a 5 m cable. Additionally, when you purchase this device, it will include complementary, unlimited access to Thor3D’s post-processing software Calibry Nest, which was recently updated. The software can be be installed on every computer in a classroom, laboratory, or office, while users only have to invest in one scanner, making it a cost-effective option as well.

Additional specs of the Calibry Mini include:

  • Up to 0.07 mm close-up accuracy, and up to 0.1 mm over 1 m distance accuracy
  • 180-300 mm depth of view
  • 25-30 fps frame rate
  • 1M points/sec data acquisition speed
  • Can scan textures
  • Multi-core processing

Pre-sales have already begun for the Calibry Mini 3D scanner, which costs €6,490 including the Calibry Nest software; this price does not include import tariffs, VAT, sales tax, or shipping charges. Shipping will begin in September 2020.

Photo of a vase next to its 3D scan by the Calibry Mini

(Images courtesy of Thor3D)

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