Re: No real advantage over a standard RepRap
>Now, something to *really* shake the market would be a scanner that scans an object into the computer and it spits out the design for the printer to print.
1. MS Kinect or similar. Resolution isn't tuned towards human-face scale objects.
2. Turntable, inexpensive line laser (sold as alternative to a spirit level) and some-open source software - suitable for smaller objects
3. Intel's RealSense 3D scanner/tracker that they're pushing out to laptop OEMs.
4. Cameras calibrated for lens distortions, multiple shots processed by some pricey software - manual finessing required.
5. A ruby-tipped Renishaw contact probe (as seen 5 minutes into the iPhone 5 promotional video, and the £20million house of the company's MD was used in the latest episode of Sherlock) - very expensive, suitable for reflective parts that might confuse lasers, possibly not suitable for flexible materials like skin, requires a X,Y,Z transport to be mounted on.
6. A laser scanner. Leica et al can sort you out.