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Matter and Form MFS1V1 3D Scanner
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|Number of Items||1|
|UPC||804904200951 , 627843395690 , 808113096114 , 809395430429 , 628055059004 , 628055059028 , 804067336177|
|Brand Name||Matter and Form|
|EAN||0628055059004 , 0804067336177 , 0628055059028 , 0804904200951 , 0627843395690 , 0808113096114 , 0809395430429|
|Included Components||Scanners , Computer Scanner|
|Manufacturer Series Number||MAWDJ|
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Combining superior performance with intuitive usability, the Matter and Form 3D Scanner is an affordable, high resolution 3D scanner that is compact, portable, fully assembled and easy to use right out of the box. Use your Mac or Windows PC to produce accurate, detailed color scans at resolution qualities that match or top what more expensive scanners can achieve. It works with almost any 3D printer or online printing service, and it allows users to scan solid items to create a digital 3D model. It is also capable of producing intricate, high-resolution, 3D representations.
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With your Mac or Windows PC and the Matter and Form scanner you can produce accurate, detailed color scans at superior resolution. The Matter and Form 3D Scanner is easy to use right out of the box and is capable of color scans rivaling those produced by much more expensive and harder-to-use 3D scanners. It works with any 3D printer or online printing service, and allows users to scan solid items to create intricate, high-resolution, 3D representations.
Our Adaptive Scanning technology makes it easy to scan any objects that fit on the scanner bed (up to 8" in diameter and 9" in height). Get an accurate, detailed color scan in just three simple steps.
Place an object on the scanner bed
Scan with the M&F software
Save, share and print the 3D model!
The Matter and Form Scanner works great on both Mac and PC. Our custom software captures your object in full colour and creates a watertight mesh that makes your item ready to print or animate. Plus, we constantly update our free software and make it available to all our users to continually improve their scanning experience.
Describe your product in 3 words.
Accessible, Innovative, Creative
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
Matter and Form was founded by designers and programmers who needed a high-resolution 3D scanner but couldn’t afford one. So they made their own.
What makes your product special?
The Matter and Form 3D Scanner is the world’s first affordable high-resolution 3D scanner.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
Seeing how different people use our technology in vastly different and unexpected ways to make their lives simpler, more efficient, more creative, more useful or simply more beautiful.
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I last used the scanner in October of 2014, and it would fail in the calibration process 3 out 10 times and always the first few times and the scans were a complete fail. I tried many different lighting conditions and settings and then gave up. I saw the scanner come up on Amazon and vented a little in this review. I got an email very soon there after with a request to try the newest software and if that did not work a promise of further support and possible refund....... Can I just say that to get that kind of response is unheard of and I could do nothing but give this device another try. Downloaded new software and started first calibration in under 10 mins, calibration worked perfectly, I picked a small potato as my first object and selected the correct option for single color object. The scan is lightyears better than before. I am now rethinking my scanning options and will give updates as needed for this product because the company cares and truly believes in the products they have created.
- Excellent folding compact design for easy storage. It was made with cheep plastic with nothing near the kind of luxury you would expect such an expensive purchase, but it had a very practical designed that I was impressed with. It hardly uses up any desk space.
- It might be good at scanning small 3D prints made of ABS or PLA because these materials normally have a glare-free surface.
- The software was very stylish, and I believe that the developers were very talented at creating an effective workflow with innovative tools for getting rid of the garbage that appears in the results.
- Excellent list of different export options if you get a reasonable scan.
- If you already have a high-end video card, and you're already an advanced level 3D designer, you might find some usefulness or fun.
- It has no built in lighting and typical household lights aren't adequate enough. Lamps or studio lights are required.
- Dark colors on objects are incapable of showing up on the scan. They show up as holes. Even with my 100w light within one foot of the object, the dark colors wouldn't show up.
- It takes forever to scan. Look at the height of the scanner and divide it into 3 sections. It takes 15 minutes per section. That's a minimum of 30 minutes for objects that are taller then a golf ball, and that's 45 minutes for items taller then an iPhone.
- Shiny, metallic, glossy, or translucent portions of the objects will confuse the scanner, and you'll end up with a scrambled mess. If your object isn't bright colored with a 100% shine-free surface, your results will have wasp nests.
- If you're not experienced enough to do advanced level 3D editing to fix these dents, holes, globs, and wasp nests that are going to be in your scans, then this device has no chance of rendering you any kind of usable results even for simple objects.
- You'll need probably 4GB of dedicated graphics card memory in order to do tall or high resolution scans, which means that probably 95% of common laptops won't be able to do much with this device. I have 16GB of main memory, and I have 768MB of on-board graphics memory, yet the software was incapable of doing any of the high resolution settings, and it was incapable of doing normal resolution scans on objects that were taller then two-thirds of the maximum scan height, and the software won't tell you what your computer is capable of before you begin your scan. You'll just get error messages all over your screen when your graphics card memory gets full.
- Surfaces that are hidden from the scanner's view during the scan of it's particular section are not picked up even if when the camera moves to a higher point of view that's capable of seeing it. For instance, if you put a roll of electrical tape flat on the scan surface, the top part of the tape won't show up in the results because the scanner isn't programmed to look downward at it after it moves to a higher point of view. Instead it just moves on to the next section of the scan and leaves the limited point of view of the first section of the scan as-is.
I spent a lot of time trying everything I could, but not a single item of mine that I planned on digitizing was scanable by this device. I gave up when it couldn't even scan a golf ball without having huge defects. I get the impression that this is more like a proof of concept rather then a fully functional release candidate. It doesn't even deserve a "generation 1" classification because it's almost completely unusable by the average end-user. On the other hand, I believe that the developers have a really great concept and they'll eventually get it right. Besides the memory management issue, the software was very impressive. It was just the hardware is what is failing to perform. In time hopefully they'll be able to put better components in their device and find a better method of managing memory.
Never used a 3D scanner before. I did some reading and some learning. I learned that lighting is important. Background is important (flat black foam board worked for me) and combining 2 or more scans is important.
My results on the first day are shown in the image. The image on the left is the original figurine I wanted to scan, the image on the right is the final combined scan (3 scans) converted to a mesh.
Can't get better than this, in my opinion.
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