Fuel 3D is an amazing scanner camera – it’s the only 3D camera to date that can capture 3D information with a handheld, portable point and shoot interface. The data collected is a 3D mesh that also includes color. Mesh object are standard .STL, .OBJ and .PLY file formats which can be used to print in 3D or to be manipulated for renderings and animations.
How it works:
When you take a picture on a conventional 3D mobile phone or digital camera you are using a technique known as stereoscopic imaging. This uses two camera viewpoints, one for each eye, to display a “3D” image on a stereoscopic screen that gives the impression of depth.
In contrast, the core technology behind Fuel3D fuses geometric and photometric stereo 3D recovery techniques and is finely tuned to capture high resolution 3D color images. This raw capability provides the opportunity for an object to be captured in true 3D geometry and full color. The technology is also inherently good at capturing other highly textured surfaces, both organic and inorganic.
Fuel 3D’s Kickstarter project have already sold out of the camera-only packages, but you can still get your own camera along with 3D software that will be useful for mesh manipulations. Visit their Kickstarter to get more details.