Thursday, February 21, 2008

3d Scanner from Nextengine looks amazing!

I use Gmail. It is great. But that is not what this post is about. This post is about a product from one of the links Gmail serves up based on the topics of your emails. (I remember people being so concerned that Google's software would scan your email to match you with relevant ads. I have actually found some pretty great sites and products that way)

I clicked on an ad recently about a 3d scanner. It is manufactured by a company in California called NextEngine. For $2,500, you can get this scanner which can scan anything smaller than 11 inches wide and 13 inches high. From there you have a 3d picture on your computer suitable for editing or 3d printing.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Then a video is worth 30,000 words per second. Here is some footage from Youtube of the 3d scanner in action. There are more flash demos at the NextEngine site (

You could do some amazing things in schools with such an easy to use scanner. It boggles the mind. If you then coupled it with a 3d scanner ($5,000 and up), you could really create an amazing 3d Design/Prototyping/Engineering class.

Enjoy. (If my dream of owning this ever comes true, I will certainly post here)

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