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3D scanning companies Thor3D and Polyga unite

The companies have entered into an unconventional, yet mutually beneficial, partnership

German 3D scanning company Thor3D has announced a strategic partnership with Canadian 3D scanning specialist Polyga Inc. The collaboration will be mutually beneficial as it will see Thor3D and its partners become resellers of Polyga’s XTract3D software, while Vancouver-based Polyga will take on the role of distributor for Thor3D’s Calibry 3D scanners on Canada’s West Coast.

Though the two companies might appear to be competitors on the surface—as they both offer professional 3D scanning products—both Thor3D and Polyga are eager to work together, believing that the unconventional agreement will be beneficial to both sides.

This is largely because of Polyga’s XTract3D software, a reverse engineering plug-in developed exclusively for SOLIDWORKS. The software tool makes it possible to convert 3D mesh data captures by 3D scanners—such as Thor3D’s Calibry device—into a parametric CAD model. Notably, all of XTract3D’s tools are native to SOLIDWORKS, which lowers the learning curve for using the software significantly.

Thor3D Polyga partnership 3D scanner

On its own, the software is sold for $999, but through the new partnership Thor3D customers will be entitled to discounted prices when the software is bundled with its Calibry 3D scanner. At the end of the day, the companies hope that by working together they will be able to offer a cutting-edge 3D scanning solution to their customers.

“Calibry handheld 3D scanner is a natural fit with XTract3D reverse engineering plug-in for SOLIDWORKS,” commented Thomas Tong, President of Polyga. “This bundle provides a complete end-to-end solution for Scan to CAD at a very affordable price. With this partnership, our intention is to further drive the use of 3D scanning, even for small to medium sized organizations, to design better products for manufacturing.”

This spring, Polyga announced the release of two new HDI Compact 3D scanner models: HDI Compact L6 for digitizing large objects and the HDI Compact C504 macro 3D scanner for scanning extremely small objects. Thor3D, for its part, launched the Calibry hand-held 3D scanner, capable of capturing 3M points per second, in February 2019.


Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault moved from her home of Montreal, Canada to the Netherlands in 2014 to pursue a master’s degree in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. It was during her time in Amsterdam that she became acquainted with 3D printing technology and began writing for a local additive manufacturing news platform. Now based in France, Tess has over two and a half years experience writing, editing and publishing additive manufacturing content with a particular interest in women working within the industry. She is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM industry.

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