FotoScan 3D News

4 December 2008
» New release of the FotoScan 3D Measurement system
The latest version of the FotoSCan 3D Measurement program includes a user definable range of 2D, 3D and 3D line measures.  You can now set up the program to take the exact type of measurements you require.  As before, the measures are stored with the scan and can be imported into a standard database or spreadsheet for recording and analysis.

The Measurement program can be used to precisely measure foot shape for custom and stock footwear.  It is also an invaluable tool for wound measurement and monitoring, allowing easy comparison of wound condition from one scan to another.

17 March  2008
» New 3D Handheld Scanner based on FotoScan technology

Precision 3D Limited has now released a handheld and completely portable 3D scanner.

FotoScan 3D Handheld will work from a laptop or notebook , allowing you to take it into any clinic for a range scanning purposes.  There is no setup time - you just plug it in and you're ready to go. The scan takes less than a second (using safe and reliable white light technology) and the 3D model is built wthin 10 seconds.

  Like all our other scanners, FotoScan 3D Handheld creates full colour 3D images for the clinician and precise CAD data for the labs.  All the main 3D file formats are supported so you can send the data to most orhotic suppliers.

For further details contact our sales department or click here for further information and sample files.

12 May  2007
» New 3D measurement tool for FotoScan colour scans

Precision 3D Limited has just released a powerful new measurement tool that allows you to extract 2D and 3D measures from full colour 3D scans

The FotoScan FMT program allows to load the full colour 3D files created by FotoScan and instantly obtain a wide range of standard foot measures.  The  program can be fully  customised to include additional or alternative measures, and the results output to a comma-delimited text file for use in a spreadsheet or database.  It is also an ideal tool for clinical use to examine skin condition and help monitor wound healing and other changes.

1 December  2006
» New ImagePOD multi-purpose scanning solution

Precision 3D Limited has just released the ImagePOD - a general purpose 3D scanner based on the industry-leading FotoScan 3D technology.

The ImagePOD operates as a standalone scanner and is suitable for a wide range of 3D scanning applications.  Uniquely, multiple ImagePODS can easily be combined to create sophisticated multi-camera 3D systems to capture any parts of the human body or other organic shapes.

1 October 2006
» New Plantar scanner for insoles/orthotics
Precision 3D has just released a full 3D scanner designed specifically for the custom orthotics market.  With a scan time of less than one second, the Plantar scanner can provide a detailed 3D image of the bottom of the foot in a wide range of positions including full, partial and non-weight bearing.  

The data captured by the Plantar scanner is accurate to within 0.5 mm and it can be used directly in the manufacture of custom insoles/orthotics.  The scanner is very easy to use and will output a range of industry standard 3D file formats, including STL, DXF and VRML.

16 March 2006
» Powerful last modeling CAD/CAM solution released with FotoScan
Precision 3D has become the European agent for the outstanding LastELF last modeling system. Supplied as a plug-in to the leading Rhino 3D CAD package, LastElf allows you to easily and accurately create or modify shoe lasts based on FotoScan foot scans.

LastELF can handle every type of lastmaking operation, including amending a last by stick length, ball girth, centre line, feather edge and heel curve. You can also add heel and toe pitch, and create insole allowances. As well as modifying an existing last, you can use LastELF to create a new last directly from a scanned foot, including adding a standard toe shape.

Available at a fraction of the price of most lastmaking systems, we believe LastELF is set to become the leading solution for orthopaedic and custom shoemakers.

21 June 2005
» Free foot measurement software for FotoScan foot scans

You can now download an outstanding 3D foot measurement software package completely free of charge. You can use it to import a foot scan in STL format and obtain every conceivable type of foot measure, including 2D measures (such as stick length) and 3D measures (ball girth, waist, instep, heel, etc).

This new feature means that you can use FotoScan to massively improve the accuracy of a conventional bespoke shoemaking process. The scans can be supplied to the point of production and the lastmaker can use the software to obtain every measure they need to create the last, with absolute certainty of the accuracy level.

The software is called RapidForm Basis and you can see a video of it in operation by following the link below.

Foot Measurement

You can download the software free of charge by clicking here and a sample FotoScan STL file by clicking here. If you have any questions about running the system you are welcome to email us for free support.

22 April 2005
» New FotoScan rental scheme announced
The FotoScan foot scanner can now be rented for long or short term projects. This means that the scanner can be used for pilot projects, foot surveys, etc without the customer having to make a capital investment.

Terms and conditions are negotiable subject to the length of rental. Please contact our Sales Department for further details.

11 February 2005

» New output formats supported by FotoScan
FotoScan now supports STL format, allowing it to be used with an even wider range of CAD/CAM systems. This is part of Precison 3D's general strategy of making the FotoScan scanner suitable for the broadest possible use in the shoemaking sector.

STL can be imported by most leading CAD/CAM systems and is the preferred format of many. As well as supporting the new file format, FotoScan now includes a "units of measure" feature that allows the user to output to a scale compatible with any CAD system they are using.

18 October 2004
» Precision 3D releases new version of FotoScan
As part of Precision 3D's commitment to constant improvement of the FotoScan system, we have just released the latest version of the scanning system. The key change is an upgrade of the projectors to enhance the capability of FotoScan to operate with high levels of ambient and distractive light. The more powerful projectors mean that FotoScan can now scan all shades of skin and sock colours in any level of ambient light. It is also largely impervious to distractive light. The scanner can now be positioned directly below overhead fluorescent lighting without it having any impact on performance.

20 September 2004
» Nike leases FotoScan scanner
Nike has leased the latest FotoScan foot scanner from Precision 3D Ltd so that it can run a detailed evaluation of this exciting technology at its World Headquarters in Portland, Oregon.

Nike are using FotoScan to explore ways of using 3D foot scanning in its retail outlets. They believe that the digital photography technology behind the FotoScan system will prove to be an attractive alternative to the more complex laser-based solutions.

As well as looking in detail at the physical performance of the scanner Nike are also evaluating the Fotoscan retail interface. This has been developed to provide a simple and robust front end to the standard FotoScan software, allowing retail staff to run the system with a minimum of training and support.

25 August 2004
» Leading German orthopaedic shoemaker buys FotoScan
One of the top German manufacturers of orthopaedic shoes has purchased FotoScan scanners for use in a number of clinics throughout Germany.

Using FotoScan they are able to obtain precise digital "casts" of the patients' feet. These can then be directly imported into their CAD/CAM system for fast and accurate last making. Using this approach the company is able to significantly cut costs and deliver a pair of orthopaedic shoes within a remarkable 6 working days of order. Although it is faster and cheaper, the accuracy of the digital scan means that there is no compromise on quality - the level of fit is at least as high as the traditional manual process.