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Got a Kinect and a laptop? Get ready to 3D print

Volumental's vision is to be able to 3D print more or less anything you can see

Scanning and 3D printing an object could become much simpler if 3D printing company Volumental is successful in crowdfunding the development of a web app which would allow users to scan and print 3D objects using nothing more than a Kinect sensor and a web browser.Though the company already has a web service that allows people to upload scanned 3D models, Volumental says that it needs to refine an app which is better able to differentiate a thing (toys, pets, family members are among the suggestions) from its surroundings in order to be able to print the object in isolation. Though this is a tricky problem to solve, the company claims it knows how to do it, and simply needs to hire a developer to get it done.If funded, the app raises the exciting prospect of being able to scan more or less anything. Connect your Kinect sensor to a laptop tethered to a smartphone and you theoretically have yourself a portable 3D scanner with which to snap a quick model of anything you fancy a 3D print of, which would arrive soon after on your doorstep. The team claims the process will be as easy as streaming a movie using Netflix.

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05 Aug
B3dge @Build3dprinter
Got a Kinect and a laptop? Get ready to 3D print - Gizmag http://t.co/v66xQ95Gx6
02 Aug
Replictivity @Replictivity
Got a Kinect and a laptop? Get ready to 3D print http://t.co/5UPMU3mnq2 via @gizmag
02 Aug
3d4printers @3d4printers
Got a Kinect and a laptop? Get ready to 3D print - Gizmag http://t.co/74kfgyEstU #3D #print