A few days ago the Indiegogo campaign to finance an all-Italian project was launched, conceived by Alessandro Grossi, Carmen Olei and Marica Soattin. Dimbody 3D – the name chosen for the device – looks very much like other Desktop 3D scanners, and has aroused great expectations, in as much as it is being promoted by Bre Pettis and MakerBot Industries, but the resemblance is only superficial.
Dimbody 3D starts off with a project based on an Arduino board and a high-resolution DSLR, driven by a special infrared system. Shot after shot, with a slow movement of an arm to which the digital camera and the laser emitter blade are attached, the software analyses the images and creates the point cloud until it arrives at what is required for generation of the mesh and the printable 3D model.
From the experience gained with this project, the Dimbody 3D team realized that just a laser blade system with a rotating plate were not enough, and so they added the engine to the scanning turret, creating a horizontal brushing motion in the chamber and blade, as well as the rotation of the object on its motorized base.
The campaign aims to raise 315,000 Euros to finance production of the molds – rapid prototyping has already been done, together with the development of the electronics required; the software too, already running at the prototype stage, needs the finishing touches in order to become a marketable product.
For those who want to participate, in addition to the possibility of subscribing to the project by pre-purchasing one of the scanners from the first batch at 899 Euros, the kit was recently added – at a very competitive price – which allows you to assemble a complete Dimbody 3D for only 399 Euros.
The project then takes the direction of Open Source and Open Hardware, as one of its inventors told us. “Dimbody believes in shared development opportunities,” says Alessandro Grossi. “It is planning a compatible Arduino electronic control, whose design will be made available, and the individual files will be available on the market as well, with or without the scanner. Therefore, the control software will be Open Source, and can be freely modified by the individual user and the community. The communication protocol between machine and PC will be made public and it will be possible for anyone to adopt Open Source management software solutions for the point cloud and creation of the mesh.”
There are about 40 days left until the end of the crowdfunding and we can only wish the team all the best in achieving their goal.