April 10, 2014 — Fuel 3D Technologies Ltd. announced it has secured a £685,831 ($1.1 million) SBRI Healthcare development contract for the development of a 3-D medical imaging system.
SBRI Healthcare is a National Health Service England initiative, which aims to promote U.K. economic growth while addressing unmet health needs and enhancing the take up of known best practice. Fuel 3D Technologies will use the contract to develop its Eykona scanner technology for a range of therapy applications and adoption in the NHS and international healthcare markets.
“Our core technology was originally developed with medical imaging applications in mind, so we are delighted to have secured this contract in order to ensure that, under Fuel3D, the Eykona scanning technology continues to play a role in the healthcare sector,” said Stuart Mead, CEO, Fuel 3D Technologies. “This contract runs in parallel with our plans to deliver a consumer-grade 3-D scanner, and we are looking forward to shipping the first units to our Kickstarter backers within the next few weeks."
In 2013, Fuel 3D Technologies raised more than $300,000 for the development of an affordable, high-resolution, hand-held 3-D scanner through its successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Earlier this year, the company announced a £1.6 million ($2.6 million) investment from syndicate of private investors, led by Chimera Partners.
Eykona Wound Measurement System
The Eykona Wound Measurement System is the original scanning platform developed by Fuel 3D Technologies. It generates 3-D images of wounds to allow objective measurement for accurate wound assessment. Fast processing enables rapid display of interactive 3-D images and helps support an evidence-based approach to wound care, wound characterization and management. Available since 2012, the Eykona Wound Measurement System is now in use in more than 25 NHS Trusts, as well as in universities and research projects in the United Kingdom, United States, Europe and Australia. The aim of the SBRI contract is to develop the Eykona system into a general medical scanning device able to benefit more patients in more specialties.
Fuel3D is the affordable hand-held 3-D scanner that delivers high-resolution shape and color capture for a range of 3-D modeling applications, such as 3-D printing, as well as on-screen applications like 3-D art, animation and game development. The scanner’s ability to accurately capture color 3-D models of the face is ideally suited to the rapidly growing trend of personalization. Fuel3D is the world’s first 3-D scanner to combine pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging to capture and process a 3-D model in seconds.
For more information: www.fuel-3d.com