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Portable 3D Content Cameras

The Sense 3D Scanner Turns Ordinary Objects into Printable Files

— November 12, 2013 — Art & Design
Those who think 3D printing is a fad (all two of you) will want to reexamine their views now that the Sense 3D Scanner has hit the market. This device was created by the American company 3D Systems and allows you to instantly scan an object or scene and turn it into a file that can be printed on a 3D printer. The scenes scanned can be sent straight to a Cube and CubeXTM 3D printers, or uploaded to Cubify.com for cloud printing.

The Sense 3D Scanner is designed for 3D-printing neophytes and features functions similar to a normal camera, including a zoom and a cropping feature. Sense Systems also built object recognition into the scanner to ensure that you only capture what you want to capture. Scans can be printed using three different materials: Aluminix, Ceramix and Clear. The Sense 3D Scanner goes on sale November 18 and sells for $399. It will be available at both Staples and on Cubify's website.
Trend Themes
1. 3D Printing - The rise in popularity of 3D printing, fueled by devices such as the Sense 3D Scanner, presents opportunities for disruptive innovation in additive manufacturing and customization.
2. Consumer 3D Scanning - The emergence of affordable, user-friendly 3D scanners such as the Sense 3D Scanner is creating new opportunities in fields such as home design, education, and entertainment.
3. Cloud-based Printing - The integration of cloud-based printing options through services such as Cubify.com unlocks opportunities for streamlined supply chain management and on-demand printing services.
Industry Implications
1. Consumer Electronics - Companies in the consumer electronics space can leverage 3D scanning technology to create innovative new products and features, such as customizable smartphone cases or personalized jewelry.
2. Education Technology - The Sense 3D Scanner presents opportunities for educators to create immersive classroom experiences and interactive educational materials, such as 3D-printed models of historical artifacts.
3. Manufacturing - The ability to quickly and accurately scan objects and scenes with the Sense 3D Scanner can be leveraged by manufacturers to speed up the product development process and create more efficient supply chains.
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