XYZ's new scanner provides simple, low-cost 3D modelling

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XYZ's new device makes use of Intel RealSense camera tech(Credit: Chris Wood/Gizmag.com)

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XYZ Printing's Handheld 3D Scanner is low-cost and convenient, providing users with a compact tool for producing full-color 3D models. Gizmag saw the device – which makes use of Intel RealSense tech – in action at IFA 2015.

The device is designed to allow users to scan 3D objects of practically any shape, producing full-color images. At present the maximum scan size is 60 x 60 x 30 cm (23.6 x 23.6 x 11.8 in), though the company claims that could increase before launch, potentially allowing users to scan entire human bodies.

The device is powered by Intel RealSense technology, which had a big presence at IFA 2015. The company claims that the tech is ideal for its product, allowing for fast scanning and processing. Once an object has been scanned, the 3D model can be viewed and enhanced via included software, before being sent to a 3D printer.

The great thing about XYZ's scanner is perhaps its ease of use. We've seen similar products that can scan in much higher resolutions (such as Fuel3D's Scanify), but XYZ's product is compact, weighs just 198 g (0.4 lb) and is operated with only one hand. It connects via USB 3.0 working with Windows 8.1 and up, though you'll need a machine packing at least a 4th-generation Intel Core Processor for it to work.

The other big thing that the XYZ Handheld 3D Scanner has going for it is its price. It'll cost just €199 (US$222) when it lands in shops in November.

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