Open Color 3D Scanner

A low cost 3D scanner to be assembled and used at home. Capture objects and experiment with all the possibilities of color 3D scanning and manufacturing.

Build your own scanner assembling pieces, place the object you want to scan on the turntable and scan it!

Capture a physical object with your 3D Scanner and replicate it endlessly with a 3D printer. Make your objects unique pieces and adapt them to your needs. Scan an existing physical object, modify it and customize it. Be the designer of your own world.

The OpenColor3DScan scanner is made up of the following main parts: a mountable structure, a laser triangulation system composed of two lasers modules and a USB color camera, an Arduino micro-controller, a small stepper motor with its driver and two USB cables. The scanner uses the webcam to locate the points at which two laser beams bounce off an object’s surface. The points are mapped out and turned into a point cloud 3D model. The color webcam is also used to capture the color of each scanned point.

The OpenColor3DScan scanner is designed to be built at home with consumer technology, it ensures an affordable hardware cost and it allows the exchange of some of its components to personalize it.

Once the structure is built up, the devices and controllers assembled and the software installed in the computer, the scanner is ready to run.

Project developed with: Carles Domènech i Mariona Roca.
Project development: 10.11.2014 – currently
Tasks: software development, scan interface.
Photos: Anna Carreras. Renders: Carles Domènech.