While several new 3D printers are introduced to the market every month, new 3D scanners are a much more rare thing. Today, Thor3D introduces its all-new device, a portable and modular 3D scanner, Drake (yes, like the famous Canadian rapper/singer).
We are pretty excited with the latest product announcement by the Russian 3D scanner manufacturer Thor3D, as we’ve been following them for around two years now. The company started as a “spin-off” from the famous portable 3D scanner company Artec. Thor3D was created with the goal to make high-performance and fully portable 3D scanners. Indeed, most so-called portable 3D scanners available on the market are not fully wireless and must be tethered to a computer while operating. Thor3D always focused of full portability with a cordless approach and its first handheld 3D scanner, the Thor, was a notable addition to the 3D scanners market.
Drake marks a new chapter for the company. Drake is a wireless, handheld, professional 3D scanning device that can scan different sized objects, from jewelry to oil pipes. Its original modular design allows users to switch scanning heads depending on the size of the object they want to capture, thus making Drake a versatile 3D scanner suitable for a wide range of uses cases, from Jewelry to reverse engineering. The sturdy design of the Drake bear resemblances to some rugged army devices or the remote controller of a drone.
Drake uses the white light 3D scanning technology and the captured 3D data is compiled in real time during scanning. The portable 3D scanner can be fitted with three interchangeable sets of lenses. Each scanning head can be purchased separately and offers lenses with a different field of view to capture objects of various sizes, up to the size of a car. The lenses do not require calibration and can be switched out easily, which sounds like a good user experience.
Drake is, as always with Thor3D, a fully wireless 3D scanner. The device packs a built-in computer, a 7-inch touch screen and a battery. Drake also comes with Thor3D Suite, the 3D scanning software developed by engineers at Thor3D.
Now about the name Drake, we were first quite surprised of the reference to Drake, arguably the most popular singer on the planet in 2016 but a far cry from the technical/geeky world of 3D scanning. It turned out that Drake the 3D scanner got its name derived not from the rapper but from “Russian Dragon”, which was among the suggestion for the new 3D scanner name made by the Thor3D employees. “Russian Dragon” was then shortened by Thor3D Marketing team to “Dragon” then again to “Drake”. Not hotline bling hidden reference, sorry guys.
It is great to see such an innovative 3D scanner entering the market, at a time where the demand for professional-grade 3D scanning devices is growing fast. The disruptive approach chosen by Thor3D with this modular concept is definitely setting Drake apart from its competitors. The price point at which the 3D scanner will be available is likely to make it a hit or miss, as expensive 3D scanners from established manufacturers are increasingly losing market share to cost-effective alternatives from small innovating companies such as Thor3D or Shining 3D.