I haven't kept up with this site. I worked in advertising to pay for my spare time passion of sculpting and inventing. Work had kept me busy though programming for everyone other than myself, so in February 2012 I quit my advertising job and pushed all my chips to the center of the table to begin a company with one of my closest friends, Andrew Cox. We formed Matterform, and together we've launched our first product.
Introducing the Matterform 3D Scanner.
Just $579 USD
Hey look, I launched a company!
3D printing is really exciting and a new buzz word but for most people it's a technology they can't access. You can't just learn autocad, Maya or 3DS Max in a weeked (the tools you need to design 3d objects for 3d printing).
I started a company with my good friend Drew Cox and we launched an affordable 3D Scanner. 3D Scanners have existed in the past, but even now, they're $20,000, or at best $5,000. Clearly not everyone can afford that to scan in a broken $30 part and print a replacment. Nor could artists wanting to integrate them into their work flow afford machines in the tens of thousands range. So we designed one that actually achieves near to the same level of quality, or in some cases, BETTER quality, and it costs less than $600! Clearly it's creating some buzz in the 3D World. But we're only getting started. We're just getting ready to now ship so we've been pretty quiet. We launched a crowd funding campaign and raised nearly half a million dollars in just 35 days and we've been working long days completing it since then.
A 3d Scanner was one of the missing links in getting more people exposed to 3D Printing. Now you don't have to know complex 3d modeling software, you can just sculpt something in clay, scan it with our scanner, and then print multiple copies of it in various sizes. Or for instance, if you're an artist you could sculpt a clay original, scan it, make a mold. Or if like me you're interested in Animatronics and SFX, you could scan a creature you design, then design a robotic core for it on the computer that will actually FIT it taking the guess work out and stream lining the process. We made it super easy to use. unfold it, put an object on, press scan in our software (comes with it) and then get a print ready file.
The world's first truly affordable 3D scanner for home use.
The Matterform 3D Scanner allows anyone to take a physical object and turn it into a digital 3D model on their computer. From there, you can print your file on any 3D printer or online printing service. Or, use the model you created in an animation or video game.
The Scanner works with any 3D Printer or online 3D printing service so it'll work with whatever printer you already have or any printer you're considering getting in the future.
Here's the SUPER BOWL AD! Some electronics I worked on had a super bowl ad!!!!
Budweiser Super Bowl XLVII - Perfect Timing
More news! The Budweiser Redlight Launches!
Yes all the cryptic circuitboard photos I was posting to Facebook were of this badboy. I wasn't allowed to say until it launched, so now I can. I developed a slew of prototypes for Budweiser Canada.
From ethernet to wifi I was eating and sleeping Eagle PCB, etching circuitboards and doing CAD work for the original parts.
What is it? In short, it's a wifi connected device you install in your home. You download an app, set it to your hockey team of choice. When they score a goal the light goes off, just like the one on the actual rink.
Programming wise: The light is connected to the internet and polling a data service to find out if a goal is scored. I'll post up more photos and info once I actually have TIME again. Phew!
I've been able to work with some pretty amazing clients such as Bell, Coke, Audi, Stella Artois, Corona, Vitamin Water, Powerade, Workopolis, Boston Pizza, Mackenzie Financial, Budweiser, Mini, and the Toronto Zoo, to name just a few.
Here's a very small selection of some of that work.