The era of mass 3D scanning is not so far away. Just this past week we covered announcements from Energy3D, which is launching a low cost structured light system 3D Scanner and from Stonex, which is further developing its TOF laser 3D scanning system. Now, though, the latest news comes from Materialise’s as the company has announced it will be entering the 3D scanning service market.
In addition to the availability of more than 100 different industrial class 3D printers, including the gigantic Mammoth, and its advanced software to manage the process of design for 3D printing, the Belgian company has now launched its new Scanning and Measurement Service. There are many companies offering advanced reverse engineering services through 3D scanner systems, though many are only focused on industrial sectors and hi-tech applications. Materialise has the size and capabilities to address the wider public and is aggressively trying to open the 3D printing market. It is likely that, now that it has embraced professional 3D scanning, it will try to do the same in this field too, particularly with regard to how the two fields intersect.
The new 3D scanning and measurements service will enable the company to offer a complete and integrated solution for the development and design of even more complex 3D components. Materialise has more than 20 years of experience in helping its customers create components to specifically exploit the productive possibilities, in terms of complex geometry and structural integrity, offered by 3D printing. Jurgen Laudus, Director of Additive Manufacturing Solutions at Materialise, is certain this new venture will help the company further strengthen its leadership at the forefront of 3D printing evolution. … (Read more)