Photon 3D Scanner: fold-up easy 3D scanning on IndieGoGo

Matterform's Photon 3D Scanner is a $350-$400 IndieGoGo-funded gadget from Canada. It promises to be operable by novices with no particular knowledge of 3D modelling or printing. It folds up to a small package, making it portable as well, and it can complete a scan in three minutes, working at dimensions up to 7.5" diam/9.5" height. The project is fully funded, but you can still pre-order by adding to the campaign; they're estimating general fulfillment by August.

The Photon allows anyone to take a physical object, and turn it into a digital 3D model on your computer. From there, you can print your file on any 3D printer, or online printing service. Or use the model you created in an animation or video game.

We’ve been developing the Photon hardware and software from scratch for the past year and now we’re ready to release it to you. We'll fulfill all the indiegogo pledges first so if you're excited to get one, supporting us now is the best route and you can take advantage of our special intro pricing.

Photon 3D Scanner (Thanks, Steven!)


  1. Did these guys have to be both smart and ridiculously attractive? Couldn’t they have just been one or the other? Were it not for the copious handsomeness this would have ruined my day.

  2. Weren’t people all excited not so long ago about using the Kinect as a 3D scanner?  Is this supposed to be vastly superior?

    1.  Assuming these guys know what they are doing, a laser scanner should be much better than the Kinect.

    2. Some people were excited about it, though for the scale of items I was interested in scanning it was pretty much useless while this looks awesome.  Also this isn’t a hack.  It doesn’t require the level of effort that using a Kinect involves with waving the thing around, checking, and rescanning.  If this goes all the way to market so it has a warranty/higher level of ongoing support I’ll buy it.

  3. This is just a cost-reduced NextEngine scanner, right?  Also, and I’m not sure if they already allow access to one, but I think they need to provide a sample (output) file for people to test.  I’d like to check the quality first-hand before putting money down.  It was hard to tell from the video, but it sure didn’t look like it was “SUPER” high quality.  I hope they prove me wrong though, because otherwise it looks pretty damn cool.  Anyway…proof is in the pudding.

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