Fuel3D, maker of the popular SCANIFY handheld 3D scanner, has announced a strategic investment and technology development agreement with In-Q-Tel, a not-for-profit investment firm specializing in innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community.
The investment will allow Fuel3D to further the development of its high-speed, high-resolution 3D scanning technology to provide In-Q-Tel government customers with advanced 3D scanning applications.
"The ability for non-technical users to easily create 3D models of everyday objects is an exciting new capability," said Simon Davidson, Partner, In-Q-Tel Investments. "We're eager to help our government customers leverage these advances through the further development of Fuel3D's technology."
Fuel3D's system can generate high-resolution, color 3D models of objects, environments and individuals, which enables precise measurements of a subject. Originally developed for medical applications, the technology uses a proprietary method of fusing geometric and photometric stereo images to create accurate 3D models. Images are captured in less than one tenth of a second, effectively negating errors associated with subject movement, particularly useful for scanning humans.
"The speed with which we capture high resolution 3D data is key to what makes Fuel3D's technology different," said Stuart Mead, CEO, Fuel3D. "In just a tenth of a second, our platform can capture an accurate, measurable, full-color 3D model at resolutions of 350 microns or better."
The investment from In-Q-Tel means the technology behind SCANIFY will be further developed for additional applications.