RS Components Extends 3D Modelling Portfolio With Award-Winning SCANIFY(R) Handheld Scanner From Fuel3D

OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- Apr 28, 2015 -- RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has added the CES award-winning SCANIFY® handheld scanner from Fuel3D to its range of affordable desktop systems for 3D digitisation and printing.

SCANIFY uses an innovative combination of stereoscopy and photometry to create an accurate, high-resolution digital model including 8-bit RGB colour data. Setting a new benchmark for affordability among high-performing handheld 3D scanners, SCANIFY is fast, versatile and easy to use. The user places an optical tracking target on the object, as a reference for movement correction, and a one-click shot (0.1 seconds) then captures all the images needed to create the model.

The scanner exports various file formats including STL, as used by many 3D printers, thereby allowing scanned objects to be replicated quickly and easily. In addition, support for OBJ and PLY formats allows direct export to popular design or animation software environments, hence making numerous creative avenues accessible for users such as designers, artists, educators, makers and hobbyists.

RS is among the first distributors to offer SCANIFY to the market, following its launch at CES 2015 in January. The state-of-the-art product won the 2015 CES Best of Innovation Award in the 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing category for its manufacturer, Fuel3D; a well-funded startup, established to commercialise technology developed at Oxford University in the UK.

SCANIFY joins the rapidly growing portfolio of 3D scanners, printers and printing materials from various manufacturers such as 3D Systems, BeeVeryCreative, MakerBot, RepRapPro, Ultimaker, and the own-brand IdeaWerk FDM printer, now available from RS.

RS Components extends 3D modelling portfolio with award-winning SCANIFY® handheld scanner from Fuel3D
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About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2014 had revenues of £1.27bn.

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About Fuel3D
Fuel3D is a developer of advanced 3D scanning systems and solutions. Originally developed for the medical imaging sector, the Fuel3D technology has been adapted for the broader 3D market, with the goal of bringing the benefits of point-and-shoot 3D imaging to consumers, professionals and businesses.

Since raising more than $300,000 and generating worldwide attention through its successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013, the company has gone from strength to strength, raising millions in private investment and signing retail and distribution partners across the world.

Based on technology developed by Professor Ron Daniel, Lecturer in Engineering Science at Oxford University, Fuel3D is today led by Stuart Mead, CEO, a veteran of several successful global technology ventures, and supported by an expert team of hardware and software engineers and scientists. For more information, visit

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