Fuel3D Scanner

Sketchfab, a major online platform for 3D model publishing, has indicated that 3D scanner company, Fuel3D, recently integrated a "publish to Sketchfab" functionality in their software aimed at consumer scanner users.

Sketchfab integrates with all major 3D creation tools, supports 28 native 3D formats and displays them in a browser in real time. The Sketchfab 3D viewer can also be embedded on any web page.

Sketchfab says this integration allows Fuel3D customers to simply and quickly post scans to the web.

"We're delighted that an exciting company like Fuel3D has chosen to include Sketchfab in its development of Fuel3D Studio," said Alban Denoyel the CEO of Sketchfab. "As more people get involved in creating 3D content, this increases the need for a platform that supports viewing and sharing of 3D models online, and Sketchfab is that platform."

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Fuel3D has developed an affordable, handheld 3D scanner capable of high-resolution shape and color captures for a range of 3D modeling applications. The scanner works as a 3D printable content creator and for on-screen applications like 3D art, animation and game development. Fuel3D is also the world's first 3D scanner to combine pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging to capture and process a 3D model in seconds.

The scanner is based on technology developed by Professor Ron Daniel, a Lecturer in Engineering Science at Oxford University and Fuel3D is led by CEO Stuart Mead, a veteran of several successful global technology ventures. Originally developed for the medical imaging market, Fuel3D technology has been adapted for the broader 3D market, with the goal of bringing the benefits of point-and-shoot 3D imaging to consumers, professionals and businesses. The company initially raised more than $300,000 through a Kickstarter campaign in 2013, and has since raised millions in private investment capital.

Fuel3D says the commercial launch of its scanner is scheduled for early 2015, but units are currently shipping to the company's Kickstarter backers.

"We're committed to helping make the creation of unique 3D content something that anyone can do, and Sketchfab provides us with a way of allowing our users to easily share their 3D scans and models with the world," said Stuart Mead, the CEO of Fuel3D. "We are looking forward to seeing the results of our users' experiences with our scanner and Sketchfab will be a great way to help them share those stories."