Fuel3D ScannerFuel3D has signed a distribution agreement with Ultimaker allowing their 3D scanner to be offered as part of a bundle deal which will include the Ultimaker 2 3D printer.

Both companies say the offering will be available via their websites and through direct sales teams in the UK beginning during October 2014.

"We want to transform people's ability to create original content with their 3D printers and to do that we need to work with industry leaders like Ultimaker. This partnership with Ultimaker in the UK is a perfect tie-in for us and we are looking forward to working with them to bring the benefits of the Fuel3D scanner to 3D printing enthusiasts across the country," said Stuart Mead, the CEO of Fuel3D Technologies.

Ultimaker began offering their popular line of 3D printers in 2011, and Alex Mayor, Director for Ultimaker, thinks the deal will be offered in other localities as well.

Ultimaker 2

"We are very excited about the possibilities for the generation of 3D content offered by Fuel3D's scanner and are excited to be working with them," Mayor said. "While the UK is the first market that we will be targeting this offer with, there is the potential to introduce it into additional territories over time."

Fuel3D made their mark by developing an affordable, handheld 3D scanner to deliver high resolution shape and color captures for 3D modeling applications like 3D printing. The device can also be used for on-screen applications like 3D art, animation and game development, and the scanner can capture color 3D models of the human face. Fuel says their device is ideally suited to the rapidly growing trend of personalization among 3D printing aficionados.

The first 3D scanner to combine pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging to capture and process a 3D model in seconds, it was originally developed for medical imaging applications and then adapted for the broader 3D market.

The story began with a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013 which raised more than $300,000 and then followed up with $2.6 million in private investment and the signing of a series of retail and distribution partners across the world.

The technology behind Fuel3D was originally developed by Professor Ron Daniel, a lecturer in Engineering Science at Oxford University, and today Stuart Mead serves as the company's CEO. Mead is a veteran of a string of successful global technology ventures.

As part of their most recent initiatives, Fuel3D has partnered with WYNIT Distribution, LLC to distribute products in strategic territories throughout the US and Canada.

WYNIT, a leading national distributor of products in the consumer electronics industry, serves a wide range of customers from large national retailers to independent resellers.

"Fuel3D is a perfect complement to our growing 3D portfolio. The growth in 3D printing is driving demand for new ways to generate original content and Fuel3D is well-positioned to capitalize on that opportunity," said Geoffrey Lewis, president and CEO of WYNIT.

Mead sees the affordability and accessibility of the firm's products as key to their success.

"Our 3D scanner is priced to be affordable to most 3D printing enthusiasts, artists, designers, developers and many others. An effective retail strategy is required to reach these customers, and we are confident that WYNIT has the presence, experience and ambition to help us achieve our North American goals," Mead said.