Below is our recent interview with Yoshikazu Furukawa, Chief Executive Officer at Arcana Mfg:
Q: What is FacTrans, can you tell us something more about company behind it?
A: Arcana Mfg. Co., Ltd. is a start-up company established in August 2021 that is developing a 3D scanner called FacTrans. FacTrans has the abilities to scan small objects in full color, even when black or transparency is present, which was difficult up to now with any other scanner.
Q: Any highlights on your recent announcement?
A: We launched a model called FacTrans Basic on Kickstarter on 2/17/2022. This model uses a liquid that emits ultraviolet light to give feature points to the object being scanned. It enables true-to-lifel 3D scans even with a small number of photos. The scan is done automatically after being placed in the scanner, running completely hands free.
Q: Can you give us more insights into your offering?
A: It is able to scan objects up to 7″x7″x7″. It has a mode allowing it to be used like a conventional photogrammetry scanner(Using the spray is not necessary). Scan samples are available on SketchFab. Scanning time is approximately 10 minutes. After that, 3D data can be created in a short period of time. Accuracy is also under evaluation, but we are getting good results.
Q: What can we expect from your company in next 6 months? What are your plans?
A: We are trying many things to achieve high accuracy in scanning. Improving the liquid is one of our efforts. We are planning to expand our lineup in the future. We are working on full-body scanners as well as desktop types.
Q: What is the best thing about your company that people might not know about?
A: Our employees have been working with full color 3D for a long time. We have experience in many things regardless of scanning. We will use these experiences to come up with products to make 3D more accessible.
We are planning to create a community where everyone who uses our scanners can share their opinions and information, and we will disclose what we can about our products on open source sites, such as GitHub, helping 3D to become more popular.