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Published on: September 19, 2013 / Comments: None

a 3D scanner for mobile devices like iPad

3dscannerusbWhile 3D tv’s didn’t seem to take off, 3D printing sure has.   And once thing leads to another.  Now 3D Scanning is getting kind of hot.  There’s a project on Kickstarter that is promoting a 3D Scanner for use on mobile devices.   It can also do regular USB so it can be used on other devices or home-brew applications as well.

The device seems to be battery-powered, and uses infra-red LEDs and a camera to measure distance and scan.  The range is 40 cm to 3.5 meters and promotes an accuracy of 1%.  The current things demonstrated are a room scanner app that lets you take dimensions of a room by panning the camera around.  An object scanner that can let you make a 3D model (for use in CAD or 3D Printing).  And a virtual reality game.

Cool technology, it just means that this type of stuff is getting closer to being a cheap commodity for regular users.

Check out the video after the break.

Published on: August 10, 2013 / Comments: None

Make your own Scan-O-Tron 3000

The Scan-O-Tron 3000 was a kickstarter campaign called Coney Island Scan-A-Rama.  Fred put together a system for doing full 3d body scans on sort of a giant lazy susan and a Kinect using MakerSlide.  Then it creates a 3d model that you can print out on 3d printer.

He’s got the parts up and most of the instructions for building the scanning rig on thingiverse here, and the lazy susan here.