With twelve days remaining to crowd-fund its new desktop 3D scanner, CADScan, out of Chester, England, is close to reaching its goal of £80,000 on Kickstarter.com.

Billed as an easy-to-use, one-touch USB device, the CADScan 3D full-color scanner has a 250mm3 capture envelope, while taking up about as much desktop space as an inkjet printer.  It incorporates two scanning heads (one above and one to the side) over an auto-rotating turntable, capturing at a resolution of up to 200 microns, using low-resolution and high-resolution interpolation to avoid reflection issues.  The Windows and Mac scanning software saves in .STL, .PLY and .OBJ format, making it compatible with virtually all CAD and 3D modeling programs.

The Kickstarter page heavily touts ease-of-use credentials.  "With the CADScan 3D you simply put your object into the scanner, press a button and scan. The result is a fully aligned and meshed colour point cloud."  However, the price point might be the most significant attraction.  A donation of slightly less than $1000 places one on the list of early CADScan recipients.

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