Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 5:00 AM

BURLINGTON, Mass., USA - Z Corporation announced today that its ZScanner® 700 CX has been selected as the 2010 Design News Golden Mousetrap - Best Product winner in the Rapid Prototyping category.

The ZScanner 700 CX is the world's first handheld laser scanner that can capture surface information in full 24-bit color, rendering the complete picture of an object, not just the geometry. Color 3D data enables more realistic and informative 3D visualization and concept models, making the ZScanner 700 CX ideal for cultural heritage, anthropology, archeology, art, entertainment and Web applications, as well as product design and reverse engineering.

In addition to capturing color, the ZScanner 700 CX provides automatic, fully accurate texture mapping. Texture maps can be saved separately from the mesh, meaning users can modify or refine the texture in photo editing software without compromising accuracy. Flexible resolution during scanning enables the user to reduce resolution to obtain a lighter-weight file or smoother surface appearance. Dual scanning mode lets the user toggle between color and monochrome modes during the same scan.

The ZScanner 700 CX color scanner creates the first full-color scan-to-print solution when combined with Z Corporation's 3D printers, which are the only ones capable of printing in multiple colors. ZPrinters create physical models directly from ZScanner data, or any 3D data, just as 2D printers create documents from word processing text.

The ZScanner 700 CX extends the ZScanner 700 platform that in 2006 introduced unprecedented speed, ease-of-use and versatility to 3D scanning. The ZScanner 700 was the first-handheld, self-positioning scanner on the market that could digitize 3D surfaces in real time. It lets users scan any object in the tightest spaces with one continuous scan. Conventional scanners require multiple setups with fixed-position tripods, mechanical arms, or external positioning devices that must be aimed and re-aimed directly at target surfaces. ZScanners also capture information in a single reference model, meaning users do not need to invest time or risk errors in tedious post-processing to stitch multiple scans into one.

"Design News congratulates the winners and finalists of the 2010 Golden Mousetrap Awards for the great work they've done to develop new and innovative products for design engineers", said Managing Editor Jennifer Roy. "These products, as always, showcase the highly imaginative ways that today's engineers are ‘building a better mousetrap,' and we thank them for their contributions."

About Z Corporation

Z Corporation makes products that enable users to capture, edit, and print 3D data with unprecedented speed, ease, versatility and affordability. These products include the world's fastest high-definition 3D printers — machines that produce physical 3D models from digital data in multiple colors - and uniquely portable 3D scanners - handheld machines that digitize 3D surfaces in real time. Z Corp. technology is enabling a wide range of applications in manufacturing, architecture, civil engineering, reverse engineering, geographic information systems (GIS), medicine and entertainment.

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