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I really like the new 3D desktop scanner by RealView. They have 3 models available. Unfortunately there isn’t any word on price, but I am guessing they aren’t cheap.

We don’t see too many 3D scanners ’round these parts, so we’ll be excited to hit RealView 3D’s booth at CES and see what all the fuss is about. The RealView 360⁰ 3D Desktop Scanner is being billed as the world’s first desktop scanner capable of capturing objects in their full 360⁰ topographic glory, suitable for scanning mugs, model space ships, D&D figurines, and whatever else fits on its base.

More about the RealView unveils three 3D desktop scanners

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Then again, you could always try and make your own. Check out these DIY 3D scanners from the MAKE blog. Click the link for a complete roundup.
Make Pt1091
Make – Volume 14 – Homebrew 3D Scanner.

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HOW TO – $10 XY Laser scanner

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HOW TO – Build your own 3D scanner


Milkscanner V1.0

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Project Splinescan – Cheap 3D scanning

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Homemade 3D Scanner

Make Pt1090
3D scanner using a webcam and laser pointer.

Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.


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