Scan The World With MatterPort

Startup company MatterPort is doing something we’ve long desired: inexpensive instant 3D scanning of arbitrary objects using a handheld device. 
 
Their solution is software and seems to use an XBOX 360 Kinect as the capture hardware. By moving the device manually around the scan target, the software gradually builds up a highly detailed 3D model of the target, even including textures. Please watch the video above as what they are doing is quite startling. 
 
The implications of this are profound: if this software works, we’ll inevitably see the hardware collapse into a mobile phone. Then we’ll see an explosion of digital 3D models and adaptations. That can only be good! 
  
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Ametek: Stealth Giant and 3D Printing

Charles R. Goulding and Ryan Donley examine the “stealth giant” Ametek’s relation to 3D printing. In their June 22nd article entitled 4 Industrial Stocks to Bet on a Recovery, Barron’s described Ametek as a stealth giant with a market value of $20

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