The Matterform Photon 3D scanner Indiegogo crowdsourcing project has become the highest funded Canadian project with total funding of $471,000. Initially seeking $81,000 to build and sell their cheap 3D scanner the Toronto based company now has enough money to make 5 times as many scanners as initially planned.
When we initally wrote about this project it was at the start of its 35-day funding campaign and had raised $50,000 in only 5 days. The two owners, Drew Cox and Adam Brandejs, were pleasantly surprised by the project’s funding success.
“We didn’t expect it at all. We weren’t even sure that we were going to hit our initial goal,” says Brandejs. “I remember looking at when we were at $60,000 and thinking, ‘I don’t know, I don’t know,’ the entire time.”
Many 3D scanners currently on the market cost well over $1,000 leading many 3D printer enthusiasts to hack a Microsoft Kinect with free scanning software to achieve the same results. Matterform are producing a unit that is almost half that price that also includes scanning software that has far better usability and accuracy.
The funding success has allowed Matterform to outsource manufacturing of the scanner, whereas they were originally planning to 3D print most of the parts themselves. However, due to a trademark dispute they have had to ditch the “Photon” name and rebrand and call their product the Matterform 3D Scanner.
The scanner is a portable, easy to use, lightweight machine that folds up when not in use and uses a high definition digital camera and dual lasers to capture 3D scans. The benefit to a using a 3D scanner is that the user doesn’t need any knowledge of how to use modeling software when designing objects for 3D printing.
Matterform are currently fulfilling their funding orders, most of who paid $599 for the basic scanner, and will be moving into selling retail units shortly.