Milkscanner V1.0

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Fiezi made a 3D scanner using milk, webcam and LEGOs –

The Milkscanner is a tool that allows the scanning of objects and creates a Displacement map for use with Moviesandbox or any other 3D App that would allow for displacement mapping.


  • 1 Webcam
  • 1 Tupperware Bowl
  • 3 cups of Milk
  • 1 custom LEGO rig

You can download the Milkscanner PC-Application (creates the displacement map automatically from a webcam image) from the Moviesandbox webpage too –

instructables : Milkscanner V1.0 – Link.


  • Moviesandbox webpage – Link.
  • Milkscanner download – Link.

6 thoughts on “Milkscanner V1.0

  1. robertadams1 says:

    Does anybody know of an application that can read the data from this kind of scanner for linux? I would love to build some Blender models using this technique!

  2. HlfShell says:

    Hmmm… wouldn’t you have to do this twice, or four times even to get a 3d image from all sides? Or is it actually taking into account the weight of the milk used so that it can figure out displacement of said milk?

    Really clever idea though. Anybody know of this kinda of plugin for other software? Or better yet a NON DAIRY white liquid that could be used?

  3. yo_tyler says:

    Lego has no plural form, like ‘moose’ or ‘sheep’. It should be left as LEGO.

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