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

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 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.

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  • monchito7
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    8 Nov 2013, 02:50 PM Reply Like
  • RipCrackle
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    Makes an awesome xmas gift... Great timing!
    8 Nov 2013, 02:51 PM Reply Like
  • ThreeD
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    My company has an order for 10,000 SKU
    8 Nov 2013, 02:53 PM Reply Like
  • mrtempler
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    Ten ft by ten ft is BIG!
    8 Nov 2013, 02:57 PM Reply Like
  • Mike Future
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    Sign of good things to come
    8 Nov 2013, 02:58 PM Reply Like
  • riotango07
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    No Brainer.
    8 Nov 2013, 07:24 PM Reply Like
  • eager1
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    10 feet square means you can scan the human body. Then you can taylor clothes for it. You can send your dimensions anywhere. No more suitcases - you send your scan ahead and they have clothes delivered to your hotel. Is anybody picking up on this?
    8 Nov 2013, 11:21 PM Reply Like
  • pcaflisch
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    9 Nov 2013, 07:30 AM Reply Like
  • Deja-Q-
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    I love the concept but has anyone here used a 3d printer? What do you do with it? This seems like a great toy at best at this point for a consumer product. This is not something that's going to sell to a lot of people. The 3d printer in every home isn't going to happen any time soon. This thing is an industrial product for the next 10 years from what i can see.


    Can anyone prove me wrong... what do you do with it. All I can think of is custom wedding cake toppers and then i'm out of ideas on a real use for most people.
    9 Nov 2013, 11:13 PM Reply Like
  • Jefferey Maher
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    In a couple of years you will be able to disconnect your washing machine. Your clothes will be printed, in your closet, as you need them. When you are done with them, you will throw them into the printer bin and they will be melted down and re-cycled. No more washing and drying.


    Amazon will sell you product licenses that you download to your printer. Upload a scan of yourself and print a perfect fitting
    apparel on your own printer.


    Very shortly stores will sell you a design, stick you in a booth that does a laser scan of you, and then print the garment. I would expect this to start happen with 18 months. If you don't want to wait in the store, they can send the job to that printer you now have in place of your washing machine.


    Instead of buying toner cartridges you will be buying dye cartridges.


    We will use this technology until the physicist get the replicator debugged.


    Companies that make household appliances will soon be making 3d printers.
    11 Nov 2013, 12:04 AM Reply Like
  • Sharon Keren
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    Time will prove you wrong. DDD and SSYS sold thousands of printers to consumer in Q3.
    I think you will see explosive growth in Q4 due to holidays. Btw, we don't need a printer in every house, one out of ten is enough to make me rich!!!
    11 Nov 2013, 01:34 AM Reply Like
  • designerrr
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    They said the same thing about computers in every home and who would want to print any document at home. I'll bet you have at least one computer and a printer in your house.


    I can see the very near future where you can go to your kitchen talk to the replecator and in 3 minutes or less have a coffee mug printed and have hot coco to sip.
    11 Nov 2013, 01:20 PM Reply Like
  • Deja-Q-
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    That's what I thought - This is all pie in the sky. At some point in time we'll be able to do what you're thinking but nobody around today is going to see that. Your clothing will not be printed, sorry. It's a nice dream though.
    15 Nov 2013, 12:56 PM Reply Like
  • Deja-Q-
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    I'm sure they'll sell many more printers. My point is has anyone here used one... if so what did you do with it? I think people are thinking star trek replicators here and that's not what they're getting. I hope everyone makes a bunch, but doesn't seem like the reality of what you CAN do is matching with what people WANT them to do.


    At some point that will hit and that doesn't seem good for the stock.
    15 Nov 2013, 01:08 PM Reply Like
  • Deja-Q-
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    Very true statement and if you bet on MSFT, IBM or APPLE you would have done well. But if you didn't you more than likely lost it all and even IBM and APPLE made mistakes that should have taken them out. Simply saying an industry has growth isn't enough. The statements about the computer we're obviously misguided.


    My point here is not that 3D printing isn't amazing. It is. My point is about the stocks. People seem to think they'll be able to print anything at home soon and that everything is going to change. It's the same talk about the internet in 1998 and they were right back then. I even got into tech because of the growth. But the stocks were just too high and it was mostly foolish talk backed up with lots of foolish $. I read articles back then about all sorts of stuff the net was going to do like change the way food was made and sold or streaming video... back in 1998 streaming wasn't going to happen but many said it was just a year away. We have streaming video now but any money you invested for that back then got you a big box of nothing today.


    So do I have a computer at home. I have many and i've always thought we'd have many. I see the day where your pizza is flown to you by drones. But that day isn't today. I see a future where you can print a coffee cup and then have hot coco in it as well. But that cup will just be printed, the coco will be made and handed to me by a robot. I'll also be very very old by then.


    The replicator you're seeing will happen but i'm not sure the way you're seeing it will be any time soon and stocks are all about timing. Good luck.
    15 Nov 2013, 01:33 PM Reply Like
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    3d printing growth seems to be overstated, valuations stretched, momentum chasers spiking it to new heights... I sense a correction near term, trade carefully.
    12 Nov 2013, 02:15 AM Reply Like
  • Deja-Q-
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    I see the same thing. But anything can happen and they may go up for years to come. I wouldn't touch this area though since expectation and fact aren't even on the same side of the planet. Star Trek replicators...omg.
    15 Nov 2013, 01:42 PM Reply Like
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