Forecasting some time ago significant growth of the 3D scanner market, IDC also took into account factors such as the migration of professional-grade features to more affordable scanners, as well as the rise in popularity of 3D scanners due to lower prices. The great interest in 3D scanners is evidenced by the campaign now taking place on the KickStarter website. Its members can get a POP 2 3D scanner, for which very impressive characteristics are declared, despite the fact that the minimum contribution to count on receiving the device is $ 419. At the time of preparing the news, the amount collected by the authors of the project approached $ 2.3 million.
The scanner measures 154.6 x 38.2 x 25.6 mm and weighs 195 g. It uses microstructured light and binocular imaging technologies. The light source is a Class 1 infrared laser. The scanning accuracy reaches 0.1 mm, and the scanning area is 210 x 130 mm. The working distance is 150-400 mm, the minimum volume of the scanned space is 20 x 20 x 20 mm. Scanning is performed at up to 10 fps. The result of the scanner’s work is a file in PLY, OBJ or STL format. According to the developers, the scanner copes with the digitization of textures. It can be used by standing on a tripod or by hand. Full version includes a turntable for the model. The scanner is equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB 3.0 interfaces.
The main users of the 3D scanner are those who are engaged in 3D printing, 3D modeling, AR and VR content creation, reverse engineering and digitizing samples.
Fundraising will continue for another 11 days, with scanners expected to begin shipping in February 2022.