The Matterform 3D Scanner

The Matterform 3D Scanner - The world’s first, truly affordable 3D scanner for anyone!
Adam Brandejs
Toronto, Ontario
2 Team Members


The Matterform 3D Scanner - The world’s first, truly affordable 3D scanner for anyone!

If you've ever wanted a 3D scanner now's your chance. By pledging support to this project, you can have your very own 3D Scanner. All the Early backers, batch #1, #2, #3 and #4 packs are sold out and batch #5 is now closed. 

The Matterform 3D Scanner allows anyone to take a physical object, and turn it into a digital 3D model on your 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.

We’ve been developing the 3D scanner hardware and software from scratch for the past year and now we’re ready to release it to you. We'll fulfill all the indiegogo pledges first so if you're excited to get one, supporting us now is the best route and you can take advantage of our special intro pricing.

The Verge - "Matterform crowdfunds a simple, well-designed 3D scanner that could arrive this summer"

MAKE: - "Inexpensive “Click-and-Scan” 3D Scanner Soars on Indiegogo"

Ponoko- "the unit behaved as advertised, and really does look great."

Ars Technica - "New $443 3D scanner on sale: “Looks awesome. Shoots lasers.”"

Tech Crunch - "Similar projects are popping up these days ... – but none look as polished as this model." "We’re living in a world of miracles and wonder the fact that you can spend four Benjamins (or centiloonies or whatever they have in Canada) and get a 3D scanner is amazing to me."

Boing Boing - "Photon 3D Scanner: fold-up easy 3D scanning on IndieGoGo"

inhabitat - "With a Photon and 3D printer on your desk, work life is propelled into the future, with an actual replicating system at your fingertips."

Core77 - "Matterform has spent a year working on the prototype for their Photo 3D Scanner, and it looks pretty sweet"

DVICE - "Photon 3D scanner is beautifully designed with simple lines and a small footprint that is reminiscent of an old portable record player, and rather than relying on a Kinect, it uses actual frikkin' lasers to make it scans."

 The photon open and ready to scan

Do I have to be an engineer?

No. Anyone can use it. End of story. Unfold it, plug it in, place an object on the scan bed and press go! It’s that simple. Really.


All dressed up and nothing to print.

We've visited various makerspaces and we were surprised to find a lot of people that had bought 3D printers didn't really know what to do with them. We understand that 3D modelling software can be harder to learn than one might think and we want to help change that. The power of 3D printing comes in the ability to make personalized items, not simply printing off what other people have created. We really want to give people the tools to see their creativity come to life.


What if I don’t have a 3D Printer?

Not a problem, use one of the many 3d printing services (like Shapeways or Ponoko), to print your object. Besides, the Matterform 3D scanner isn’t just for 3D Printers, it’s the best tool for 3D animators, designers, hobbyists, prototypers, engineers, or anyone in the business of 3D creation. It’s perfect for reverse engineering, prototype development, duplicating objects, modifying existing products, archiving, generating content for video games, experimenting and so much more. Scan models, tweak them or combine them. The options are endless.


How do I get one?

Simply back us right here! As soon as the Indiegogo campaign ends, we’ll start production. And in very little time, you’ll have your very own 3D Scanner.

 Scanning is a breeze. Just place the object on the bed and press go.

Taking it to a new level.

Not only is the Matterform 3D Scanner the first affordable 3D scanner, but for the first time ever in the home 3D makerspace, comes a product that you can actually be proud to have on your desk. Long gone are the days of laser cut wood and threaded rod projects. Get creating and scanning right out of the box.


Why Indiegogo?

We're really excited to be bringing such an important and useful tool to designers, artists and makers all over the world. Using crowdfunding just makes sense for everyone involved.

In order to keep the cost down, we need to make these in volume. Your pledge helps us create these at the lowest possible price. The future of this scanner is in your hands.

If you like the idea, but don’t want a scanner, show your support by pledging any amount, share this link with a friend, or both!


I don’t have room on my desk for another device.

No problem. When not in use, the scanner easily folds and tucks away on a shelf, and because of the built in handle it also makes it easier for you to transport it should you ever want to.


What’s under the hood?

The Matterform 3D scanner uses a high definition camera and dual laser lines to capture 3D scans in as little as 3 minutes. The scanner can scan objects up to 190mm x 190mm x 250mm (7.5" diamter x 9.75" height), and yet folds up into a compact size. It’s lightweight, portable, and compact, making it easy to integrate into your workspace.


Easy to use, one-touch 360 degree scanning.

The software was designed from the ground up, and works seamlessly with the hardware. Free to use and download, the software is available for PC, Mac and Linux. Whether you’ve used 3D software before or if you’re just getting into it now you’ll find our software was designed to be as easy as possible. After a one time setup, scanning becomes as easy as one click. We know you want to spend your time creating things and being creative, not calibrating, tweaking hardware or figuring out yet another tool.

The Photon Software concept

How accurate is it?

Because the 3D Scanner is one solid desktop device, the objects you scan are accurate and precise. Unlike software based solutions, the Matterform 3D scanner gives dimensional data, making 3D scans far more useful.

We’re aiming to make the 3D files compatible with all major CAD packages, 3D modelling software and 3D printers. Currently, models produced from the scanner, can be saved as .STL, .OBJ, and point cloud .PLY formats. Making it easy to integrate scans within existing systems, such as 3DS max, Maya, solidworks, cinema 4d, google sketchup, rhino, True space, etc.


What is the resolution?

Currently the resolution of the scanner on a 4 inch figurine is 0.43mm @ 0.5 degree scans, with an accuracy of +/- .2mm. We're quite excited about the current results, and are working everyday to continue improving the resolution. Check out the campaign Updates for sample scans and files.


Features at a glance:

  • High resolution scan created with a high definition camera and dual lasers.

  • All scanners are fully assembled and tested prior to shipping. There are no kits here.

  • Easy folding design makes storage or transport simple.

  • Quick scans. Multiple quality settings can be chosen but an average scan is 3 minutes.

  • Looks awesome. Shoots lasers.

  • Scan objects up to 190mm x 190mm x 250mm (7.5" diamter x 9.75" height)

  • Dual stepper motors for full software control over the scan bed and the z-axis.

  • See the point cloud being captured in real time!

  • Full version of software included for PC, Mac or Linux.

  • .STL, .OBJ, and point cloud .PLY formats

  • NEW! Color Scans! Due to overwhelming success we'll add color scanning to the software!


The Photon averages 3min to scan an object 

Who we are.

Matterform ( was co-founded by Adam Brandejs and Drew Cox.

Adam Brandejs:  Programmer, sculptor, Eagle PCB junky, hacker, and maker... I’ve been making things all my life from robots and code to sculptural art that tours art galleries all over the world. I was dry walling at 7, picked up my first soldering iron at 10, was programming commodore 64’s at 12, picked up 3ds max r2.5 in highschool (yeah, I’m old), fixed everyones computer during university, and then spent a few years in advertising making websites for Audi, Coca Cola, Budweiser, and countless other big name companies you’ve probably never heard of. It was kinda boring though and I’d rather be my own boss.


Drew Cox: I’ve been an entrepreneur since I was 18, and making things since I could move my hands. The many jobs I have had over the years are what make me who I am. Professionally I have been a programmer, artist, art director, and graphic designer. Unprofessionally I am an inventor, hacker, and mad scientist.

My career path has lead me to help build huge brands like Labatt, Budweiser, Audi, Honda, Coca Cola. My hobbies and passion has brought me to respect the names of Prusa, Sherline, Arduino, and every person who has ever contributed to open source projects.

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Q: What connections are on the unit?

A: The unit works from a standard 5v power supply and is connected to the PC via a single USB 2.0 connector. We will supply the unit with the correct power supply for your country.


Q: How fast is a scan?

A: The speed of the scanner is dependent on a number of factors, including the speed of your computer, the size of the object and the quality of the scan. Scan times average around 5 minutes, although we’ll be optimising it wherever possible. Our goal is focused on quality, more than speed.


Q: How will you keep backers up to date?

A: We intend to be fully engaged with our backers as we move forward with the Matterform 3D scanner. There will be frequent updates and progress reports. Once our indiegogo campaign is over we’ll continue to share our progress as we prepare for production and beyond. We love sharing information and teaching, and we just think the entire process of building things is exciting, we’re happy to share as much as we can.


Q: Will it work outside north america?

A: For International Backers: Of course! We’ll include adaptors and the plug we’ve chosen is a universal 120v/240v. We want to make sure everyone can use the scanner.


Q: What are the File outputs saved as?

A: Currently, models produced from the scanner can be saved as .STL, .OBJ, and point cloud .PLY formats. Making it easy to integrate scans within existing systems, such as 3Dmax, Maya, solidworks, cinema 4d, google sketchup, rhino, True space, etc.




The Matterform scanner folded up

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