The Canadian startup Matter and Form has received $ 856,560 in funding from the government to develop the second generation of their 3D scanners.
Founded in 2013, Matter and Form has introduced their first desktop 3D scanner via a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. The team of Canadian designers and programmers wanted to offer an affordable 3D scanner capable of producing 3D images with high resolution. Their cloud-based platform allows users to capture 3D data from small objects and create models for 3D printing.
While the device has been released to the market in 2014, Matter and Form introduced the Bevel 3D scanner attachment for smartphones. It captures objects using safe laser light and then turns the data into 3D images to be shared through their app.
With the current funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), the startup will complete the commercialisation of its second generation 3D scanner. For this project, Matter and Form will expand their current team of 8 by an additional 12 members of staff.
“We are proud to support Matter and Form to further develop its 3D scanner technology”, said Julie Dzerowicz, Member of Parliament for Davenport. “This product is an example of the innovative ideas that our companies are bringing to market here in Canada and abroad.”
Drew Cox, DEO of Matter and Form Inc., stated: “Canada has the opportunity to establish itself as a powerhouse in 3D and other emerging technologies. Supporting companies like Matter and Form Inc. shows the Government’s commitment to ensuring the success of Canadian businesses that will lead us into the future. We are grateful for the support and the vision this demonstrates.”