3D Systems launches $399 scanner, aims to take on MakerBot

|About: 3D Systems Corp. (DDD)|By:, SA News Editor

3D Systems (DDD +4%) is launching Sense, a $399 3D scanner meant to work with the company's consumer-focused Cube printer line, as well as its Cubify.com cloud printing platform. Staples will begin selling the device on Nov. 18. (PR)

3D claims Sense has "the most diverse [object] scan range in its class," and can scan objects as large as 10' x 10'. By contrast, MakerBot's (SSYS +0.8%) enthusiast-focused Digitizer scanner (goes for $1,400), which emphasizes speed and ease-of-use, supports a maximum size of just 8" by 8".

Sense also supports handheld use (though it needs to be tethered to a PC to draw power), and leverages recently-acquired Geomagic's scanning/editing software. 3D goes as far as to call Sense a "3D content camera for everyone."

Engadget raves about Sense after trying it out for a couple of days, praising its intelligent/user-friendly software and calling the product "ready to transform 3D printing as we know it." But it still thinks mainstream adoption "feels like a bit of stretch" for the time being.