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MAKE subscriber Uros wrote to us to share the projects by some of the students in ENSCI, a product design school in Paris, France. I especially liked the design of the 3D scanner demonstrated in the video above. The scanner uses a laser pointer moving along a ring-shaped track around an object to find a set of 3D points that define the object’s shape. Be sure to check out all of the cool work by the students at ENSCI.

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Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.


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  1. Very cool and everything, but have you seen autodesk photo fly????

  2. Very cool and everything, but have you seen autodesk photo fly????

  3. photoFly. hummm just an other quicktime VR Robot. Not a 3D scanner for real things….;

  4. Wild invention. The mind is an amazing thing.

  5. fboness on said:

    You can’t fool me. They are building a Stargate.

  6. if you’re going to put up a demo video could  you find anything more boring to scan than a sphere?

  7. if you’re going to put up a demo video could  you find anything more boring to scan than a sphere?

  8. Curious to watch the evolution of the homemade 3d printer.

  9. Anonymous on said:

    Scanning a half sphere? I think you could measure the diameter and make that with 2 click in most cad programs. I’m curious why they’re using a single point instead of a laser line, similar to the David software. The sparse point cloud they’re creating seems pretty low res as well, for such a nifty setup that’s been created.

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  11. I just wonder why don’t make the specimen rotate continuously and move the sensor on a 90 degrees arc? 

  12. I just wonder why don’t make the specimen rotate continuously and move the sensor on a 90 degrees arc? 

  13. What? They’ve got the object to be scanned on a hard platform? C’mon people, there’s better ways to do it than that! Just string a couple of taut lengths of thin piano wire through the ring and carefully rest the object on them. Then you can scan all 360° of it in one scan. Then just delete the extraneous points caused by the piano wire.

  14. Anonymous on said:

    This is fantastic work, as is typical with the French!

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