We went to the 3D Print Show over the weekend — one of the best items we saw was this Matter and Form 3D scanner that folds up for storage, and it’s only $600.
Why would you want a 3D scanner? Well maybe you have a broken part to a mechanical object, so you want to scan it and digitally repair it and then print a replacement part. Or you might want to scan a design so you can improve the design.
There are many scanners out there, but they are much more expensive than the Matter and Form scanner, or not suitable for an NYC apartment. Nor are they nearly as attractive. And this one is Mac-compatible.
When closed, the Matter and Form scanner is only 3.5” wide by 8.25” wide by 13.5” tall. So it definitely fits on a small table or in the corner of your closet when not in use.
It comes with its own scanning software, which is available for anyone on Mac 10.9 or above. Connects to the computer via USB. It says it can capture detail as small as 0.43mm. And can scan items as big as 7” in diameter and 9.8” in height.
We haven’t tried it ourselves; we’re saving up…