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Fuel3DScanner_Crop-e1409131747979Fuel3D, a developer of 3D scanning solutions, has signed a deal to place their SCANIFY handheld, point-and-shoot 3D scanners in retail locations throughout North America via WYNIT Distribution. We’ve covered some exciting news from Fuel3D recently, and this retail availability will only widen their reach.

user_326763-1WYNIT, based in North Syracuse, NY, serves a wide range of customers. From large national retailers to independent resellers, the company delivers to their customers from strategically located distribution facilities in Memphis, TN and Reno, NV. The company is a national distributor of consumer electronics, photo, wide format printing, and security equipment. The Fuel3D deal means the scanner manufacturer’s product will be available at retail locations like B&H Photo.

“We are thrilled to announce the retail availability of SCANIFY,” says Stuart Mead, the CEO of Fuel3D. “This marks a milestone for Fuel3D as the company makes its entrance into the consumer retail market. SCANIFY makes 3D scanning a reality for consumers. Now, they can capture complex subjects in high-detail, full-color 3D scans, in the same way they could capture a photo using a digital camera.”

SCANIFY is also available through 3D printing distributors across Europe and Asia and selected retailers such as Yamada Denki, one of the largest retailers of consumer electronics in Japan.

The SCANIFY scanner is designed for use by consumers for a variety of 3D applications which include 3D printing and personalization. It’s capable of transforming real-world objects into high-quality 3D models. The makers say their scanner is “particularly well-suited to scanning objects such as the human form, fabrics, stone and masonry, wooden carvings, stone sculptures, plants and trees.”

SCANIFY combines pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging to capture a 3D image in under a tenth of a second, and the speed of capture gives SCANIFY the ability to scan subjects even if they move during the process. Point-and-shoot technology like that available with digital cameras delivers high-resolution shape and color captures for 3D modeling applications in color detail down to 350 microns.

Priced at $1,490 (excluding tax), Fuel3D says SCANIFY is priced less than one tenth the cost of professional, handheld 3D scanning systems capable of capturing a similar level of detail.

Stuart Mead

Stuart Mead

The SCANIFY scanner package includes Fuel3D Studio software. That software allows scanned images to be manipulated–and exported to popular file formats for 3D printing and other design applications.

Rick Slagle, the Vice President of Purchasing, Marketing and Business Development for WYNIT Distribution, says the addition of the SCANIFY is a great fit for his customer base.

“We are very excited to be teaming up with Fuel3D to make the SCANIFY handheld 3D scanner available to our customers,” Slagle said. “Being able to offer powerful, yet easy-to-use handheld 3D scanning technology as part of their retail offering is going to be a great opportunity for our dealers to better serve their customers and expand on their consumer-friendly 3D technology offerings.”

Fuel3D originally developed their advanced 3D scanning systems and solutions for the medical imaging sector, and then adapted the technology for the broader 3D market. The device was based on technology built by Professor Ron Daniel, a lecturer in Engineering Science at Oxford University.

Have you ever used a Fuel3D SCANIFY scanner or seen one at work during a trade show? What did you think? Let us know in the Fuel3D forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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