New! MakerBot 3D Scanner Kit!

Posted by on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 in Uncategorized


Introducing The MakerBot 3D Scanner! The MakerBot 3D Scanner is a cheap, structured light scanner to turn real things into digital designs. It’s a 3D scanner!

Created by our summer engineer Taylor Goodman, the MakerBot 3D Scanner builds on the 3D scanning technology created by Kyle McDonald.

It’s a cute little scanner kit with lots of depth- just assemble the laser cut parts we supply, and add your Optoma EP-PK-101 PICO Projector, your PlayStation Eye or a Microsoft LifeCam, and an iPod touch or iPhone, (or alternate VGA video source) and you’ve got a small format, low cost 3D Scanner!

The technology behind this device is known as Structured Light 3D Scanning. This kit is for 3D scanning experimenters, as you will need to be a bit savvy to get the best results. If you dont feel comfortable manipulating 3D point clouds, look through the documentation to see if this project is over your head.

Here is the full documentation so you know exactly what 3D scanning with the MakerBot 3D Scanner is all about!


We provide you with a lasercut package so you can mount your (not supplied) projector and (not supplied) PS3 Eye, and get started scanning. When you see your first point cloud you’ll be blown away at what you’ve scanned. If you want, you could duct tape your projector to your webcam and ipod and it might work. One of the benefits of a kit like the MakerBot 3D Scanner is that all a lot of people will have the same setup so that you can compare stories over at the MakerBot Scanner Google Group. Join the conversation!

The first batch of 20 available MakerBot 3D Scanner kits were personally lasercut by our engineer Taylor Goodman at NYC Resistor, and they come with extra dusty DIY character! We’re set to ship these right away. After the first 20, we’ll have 6 week lead time as we level up and get new lasercut parts in. We’re starting with an introductory price of $40 for these first kits and after that the price will go up to $50. Buy a MakerBot 3D Scanner and start experimenting with 3D scanning now!

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  • shawn drummonds
    September 14, 2010 at 3:34 pm


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  • Andy L
    September 14, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Hey just recently I was thinking about homemade 3d scanners and how those pico projector would be perfect for structured light! Glad to see someone is going more than just thinking!

    It might be fun to connect one up to a makerbot with an automated build platform and use genetic algorithms to automatically tweak skeinforge settings.

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  • Les Elkins
    September 16, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    @shawn: We do 3D scanning for reverse engineering ( For our work we use laser or optical systems that we’ve developed, industrial CAD software that we’re a reseller for, and a commercial 3D printer for prototyping before sending the results to a machine shop. There is a whole industry that does this sort of work, though the better solutions tend to be on the high end (aviation, etc.).

    I’ll be interested to see how this software/hardware plays out. It’s always fun to watch when this sort of tech migrates from the PhD’s to open source….

  • Patrik
    September 16, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    “personally lasercut by our engineer Taylor Goodman”

    Somehow, I got this image of Taylor bent over a sheet of plywood, shouting “get me the green laser pointer, this red one isn’t cutting it!”

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  • Dries
    September 17, 2010 at 2:57 am

    mmm… If I am not mistaken this is actually a fancy but empty laser cut box? Whats the added value over Kyle’s work? Personally I fiend the Makerscanner introduced few days later much more relevant.

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  • ynot
    February 19, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Just wanted details on how effective can this be to scan feet for a foot survey we are planning open to work on a customisable solution

  • 3d scanner guru
    February 23, 2011 at 12:10 am

    This seems like a pretty good diy type of a kit. There seem to be a lot of these type of kits hitting the market for 3d scanners.

  • Chris
    October 25, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Man, this stuff is cool. I can’t wait to see where this goes.

    (And if you’re in the 3d industr and want a demo, let me know).


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