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.


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=717240304 Michael Simonds

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=717240304 Michael Simonds

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

  • http://twitter.com/nodesign jean louis Frechin

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

  • http://twitter.com/cerwelt Cerise Welter

    Wild invention. The mind is an amazing thing.

  • fboness

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

  • http://profiles.google.com/scott.tuttle Scott Tuttle

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

  • http://profiles.google.com/scott.tuttle Scott Tuttle

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

  • http://twitter.com/clydeboyer Clyde Boyer

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

  • Anonymous

    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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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_756HZN7AZTWWLINM6WV5DRTLDQ JPP

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

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_756HZN7AZTWWLINM6WV5DRTLDQ JPP

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

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_77ZPTXYSY3B6S5BAFQ4NX2QE7Q ChrisM

    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.

  • Anonymous

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