Volumental’s browser-based 3D scanner hits Kickstarter goal

Fascinating! What do you think are the big plays are for the 3D scanner?

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3D scanners are an increasingly popular tool for anyone to quickly create designs for a 3D printer. Instead of laboriously building a model in a software program, you can just scan a physical object and print the resulting digital file.

Volumental, a Stockholm-based startup founded last year, is taking that process to the cloud with its Scan-to-Print web app. Users scan an object with a depth camera, such as a Kinect, and watch as it loads automatically in their browser. A little more than halfway through its funding period, the project has successfully reached its goal of $20,000 on Kickstarter.

Volumental Scan-to-Print 3D printing web app

Volumental is emphasizing that you could use its app to create the ever-popular 3D printed model of your own head. But you can really print anything at which you can aim a camera. The resulting models look to be of lower quality than rival scanners, most of which…

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