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.