New! MakerBot 3D Scanner Kit!


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!