View Full Version : DIY 3D Scanning

10-04-2004, 01:15 AM
Hi all, I've been investigating different methods for scanning 3D objects into the computer, and I've found most options to be extremely expensive.

I decided to take a bit of initiative, and I've built my own home-made 3D scanner. It comprises of a digital camera, and a few tools which I picked up from the local hardware for under $100. These things, in conjunction with some software I wrote make doing a scan incredibly fast and easy.

I originally developed this for the Mac, but I've built a PC version too. I'm investigating this to see whether there is any commercial viability in releasing this software along with instructions on how to build the scanner.

If anyone out there is interested in the details of this process, and perhaps building their own scanner and beta testing my software, I would like to hear from you.

Check out all the details at my website:


10-04-2004, 07:54 PM
Whoah; that is awesome, man. I'll be seeing if I can get hold of a laser pointer, pretty darn quick!

10-04-2004, 08:23 PM
Hi EmperorPete, glad to see some interest.

Just make sure you grab a line generator, not a pointer. The line generators actually project a laser line, rather than just a point. If you can't find the GMC model I have used (which is a little difficult to source in the US) there is a similar Black and Decker model.


Although I haven't tried this one, it looks like it would do the job.