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FabScan 3D Scanner

by francisengelmann, published

FabScan 3D Scanner by francisengelmann Dec 3, 2011

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Description

FabScan - Affordable 3D Laser Scanning of Physical Objects

The images on the left show some scans made by the scanner.
The software allows to automatically produce a .stl of the scanned pointcloud.

For more information on the project check this site: hci.rwth-aachen.de/FabScan

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Where can I find this Live CD?

also I am confused the order instructions say to order only one shield and one stepper motor, but I see one it needed for teh laser as well.

I have a issue, I ordered a Logitech C270 like the main page says too. I finally found the laser files that will open correct here http://hci.rwth-aachen.de/fabs.... But the only things it lists are for a Quickcam 9000 pro and a Logitech C920. if someone has the laser file that has the part that holds the C270 can you please send me a message.

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License

GNU - GPL
FabScan 3D Scanner by francisengelmann is licensed under the GNU - GPL license.

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Instructions

The assembly instructions for the scanner and all the needed files are available here: hci.rwth-aachen.de/fabscan_instructions

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TCorgard on Nov 15, 2013 said:

I have a issue, I ordered a Logitech C270 like the main page says too. I finally found the laser files that will open correct here http://hci.rwth-aachen.de/fabs.... But the only things it lists are for a Quickcam 9000 pro and a Logitech C920. if someone has the laser file that has the part that holds the C270 can you please send me a message.

TCorgard on Nov 15, 2013 said:

also I am confused the order instructions say to order only one shield and one stepper motor, but I see one it needed for teh laser as well.

dkbe1983 on Oct 23, 2013 said:

I am in a tricky situation. We are trying to lasercut the parts for the scanner but our laser cutter is not supported by visicut. Could we buy the parts somewhere or could we get the dxf files somehow?

TCorgard on Oct 25, 2013 said:

I found the old files located here, the plf files are for their new style case. https://github.com/francisenge...

TCorgard on Oct 23, 2013 said:

is there any update on the FabScan software for Windows? the last update was Feb 2013. I have ordered the electronics. And I am hoping a local place can read the laser cutter files. But the software threw me for a loop.

inv4der on Sep 8, 2013 said:

Hi, I dont have access to a laser cutter machine of my own, so I have to get them cut in a specialized store, they dont have the program for the laser cut parts extension, does any one knows if there are dxf files? Thanks...

tomlombardi on Apr 12, 2013 said:

I've built a Fabscan, which way should the turntable rotate while scanning, clockwise or anti-clockwise? Thanks.
Tom

robertcedwards on Mar 13, 2013 said:

Website is down…
http://hci.rwth-aachen.de/FabS...

bohne on Mar 13, 2013 said:

is it still down for you? I can reach it with no problems... sometimes people from outside Germany report problems...

lion on Oct 8, 2012 said:

Im trying to calibrate my Fabscan. Where do I Find the Positioning of the simulatet Turntable ?

OmegaRa on Sep 26, 2012 said:

Does the software only work on a MAC?

bohne on Jul 2, 2013 said:

we added a Ubuntu Live CD to the project page that contains the fabscan software.

francisengelmann on Nov 2, 2012 said:

At the moment only Mac, but I'm working on Linux version too. I rewrite it in Qt so it should compile on Mac, Linux and Windows.

ipblythe on May 5, 2012 said:

I have the files for the Fabscan chassis in DXF now, let me know if you need horizontal or vertical 60x30 sheets for your laser cutter. I also have 6 kits of all the nuts and bolts, I will be putting these on eBay soon.

lordnynex on May 26, 2012 said:

Can you post the DXF files up somewhere?

bohne on Apr 23, 2012 said:

There are two projects related to the original FabScan:

http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

and

http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

we hope to include some of their ideas in the next release.

tomlombardi on Apr 6, 2012 said:

Can you give me the dimensions between the camera to the center of the platform and the camera to the laser? I don't have a laser cutter and I'd like to build a version with what's available to me. This looks like an awesome project.

Thanks for your help.

reducer on Jun 1, 2012 said:

if you try to make your own cabinet you could have problems as the cabinet

is also the calibration between camera/laser/turntable if you are 1 mm out you will not get a perfect scan,i built my own cabinet it worked but not

perfect so i ordered laser cut parts , it works fine. If you have spent money

purchasing stepper motors arduino drivers surcuit its worth getting laser cut

parts.

regards reducer

bohne on Apr 23, 2012 said:

Hi tomlombardi, thank you for your interest. Francis will give you the precise numbers soon.

My first guess at the moment was this file:
https://github.com/francisenge...

Not sure what the numbers mean in actual world coordinates or for your constructions, but while you are waiting for Francis' reply, maybe the numbers a
t the end of the file might help you?:
////position of laser and cam
#define LASER_POS_X 14.0f //precise by construction
#define LASER_POS_Y 6.4f //not needed for calculations
#define LASER_POS_Z 28.5f //precise by construction

//#define CAM_POS_X -0.7f
#define CAM_POS_X 0.0f
//#defi
ne CAM_POS_Y 5.3f //quickcam 9000
#define CAM_POS_Y 6.3f //c920
#define CAM_POS_Z 27.0f

Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 said:

has any one got the Fabscan to work if so please post results

bohne on Apr 23, 2012 said:

we know of at least 4 people outside of FabLab Aachen who created their FabScan and are using it...

brad on Mar 20, 2012 said:

when i start Fabscan it runs demo on screen but it won't let me select logical

when i try to select camera drop down it shows cam and below that cam again

when i select first cam it still uses in sight,select second cam it turns Fabscan off. the logitec cam runs on other apps but not Fabscan ?? can u Help

regards Brad

bohne on Apr 23, 2012 said:

1. open PhotoBooth

2. PhotoBooth: select the internal iSight

3. leave PhotoBooth open (don't close it!)

4. open FabScan

FabScan should now select the external webcam

ipblythe on Mar 11, 2012 said:

aether,

you do not have to convert the PCB layout to Eagle, the Eagle layout is available in the
http://hci.rwth-aachen.de/fabs... site just download that and the Eagle format is in the ZIP file.

aether on Mar 8, 2012 said:

tried converting the pcb layout to a schematic in Eagle, it went badly wrong, no wires going to 2nd stepper driver. Very odd. also doesn't seem to have a lid in the laser cutter files or any pieces or description on how to attach the turntable to the stepper.

ipblythe on Feb 29, 2012 said:

Hey Francis the last update to the assembly instructions was February 6th. Will you be able to finish this as I guess you have completed your project files now.

Also can you provide the PCB for the arduino shield, I know the eagle file are there but if you have a local source for the PCB could you make them available on eBay or on the fabscan site?

Barfight on Feb 11, 2012 said:

No sooner than I post this, the site came back up for me. I'll finish the instructions as soon as possible and get them to you! Thanks for all your work!

Barfight on Jan 11, 2012 said:

bohne, would you guys happen to have an official picture of the FabScan logo? We've built a FabScan for a senior project in class, and I'd like to include the logo in the presentation.

bohne on Jan 13, 2012 said:

that's great! Where can we find more information or pictures about ypur class?

We will think about a logo... maybe it will be the bear that is also the application logo?

Francis, do we have this picture in a higher resolution somewhere?

Unknown on Jan 5, 2012 said:

Just in case anyone else tries, this appears to ONLY work with Snow Leopard. So let's say tried the IATKOSV7, you'll find it says the application is incompatible.

Try#2 is to see if I can update IATKOSv7 (OSX 10.5.7) with the retail disk and not loose the whole thing.

bohne on Jan 6, 2012 said:

we never tried it with old operating systems. Currently, only OS X 10.6 and 10.7 were tested and work without any problems.

Roland on Dec 24, 2011 said:

Hi Bohne, sorry didn't see that, thanks !!

Roland on Dec 22, 2011 said:

Hi Francis, I'd like to take part at your building class. Where is it held...?

Roland

bohne on Dec 23, 2011 said:

Hi Roland,

have a look at the workshop page:
http://hci.rwth-aachen.de/mast...

Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 said:

could i use this to scan existing objects then , open the file in solidworks or similar and make adjustments before printing out again ?

Emmet_Brown on Jan 2, 2012 said:

Does anybody have experiences with this?

I would like to make a "negative" form of a scanned objekt (STL). How can I do this? I use Autodesk Inventor and SolidThinking, but I can only take a look at the STL-file, no chance to edit.

A tutorial would be very great, but a software name would be enough for me :)

bohne on Dec 23, 2011 said:

you can edit the STL file with some software tools... many other tools can edit the point cloud data (PTS,PLY, or PCD file format).

Anonymous on Dec 17, 2011 said:

how silly.

thingiverse tries 2 x 3 times to add a picture and then says 'nothing posted'

but it does add six posts

and i cannot clean it up ...

Anonymous on Dec 17, 2011 said:

Printed LaserHolder12.stl in PLA on the Ultimaker.

Tip: clear the holes for 3 mm bolt, but no need to ream the nutholes.

Just warm the nut on the tip of a soldering iron and press it gently into the nuthole

Anonymous on Dec 17, 2011 said:

Printed LaserHolder12.stl in PLA on the Ultimaker.

Tip: clear the holes for 3 mm bolt, but no need to ream the nutholes.

Just warm the nut on the tip of a soldering iron and press it gently into the nuthole

Anonymous on Dec 17, 2011 said:

Printed LaserHolder12.stl in PLA on the Ultimaker.

Tip: clear the holes for 3 mm bolt, but no need to ream the nutholes.

Just warm the nut on the tip of a soldering iron and press it gently into the nuthole

Anonymous on Dec 17, 2011 said:

Printed LaserHolder12.stl in PLA on the Ultimaker.

Tip: clear the holes for 3 mm bolt, but no need to ream the nutholes.

Just warm the nut on the tip of a soldering iron and press it gently into the nuthole

Anonymous on Dec 17, 2011 said:

Printed LaserHolder12.stl in PLA on the Ultimaker.

Tip: clear the holes for 3 mm bolt, but no need to ream the nutholes.

Just warm the nut on the tip of a soldering iron and press it gently into the nuthole

Acronum on Dec 17, 2011 said:

What software does the scanner use and is there a Windows version of the software? Not too much of a problem as I can just fire up a copy of Puppy if I need to, definitely want to have a go at building this

bohne on Dec 19, 2011 said:

The software is part of the project. There is no Windows version yet. For more information about the software, check out the project web page.

smartroad on Dec 17, 2011 said:

Is the software only available for mac?

francisengelmann on Dec 17, 2011 said:

Right now only Mac binary. I am working on a Linux version too.

Anyway, I made available the source code on github. Except for the GUI and few other classes everything should compile on linux.

It's written in C++ using OpenGL, OpenCV and Powercrust (available under GPL). The next big step will be to use PCL to replace powercrust, which will hopefully also allow me to manipulate the point clouds better.

unrepentantgeek on Dec 15, 2011 said:

The .cdr laser cutting files are incomplete. There is no turntable nor a middle plane. It also appears that there should be a top, but it's not in the files either.

francisengelmann on Dec 15, 2011 said:

You are right, that's why it is still work in progress.

At the moment I am working on the assembly guide and fine tuning the .cdr laser cutting files so it becomes very clear how to assemble it on your own. Also I am redesigning the 3d printer parts so they become printable on DIY 3d printers.

Nevertheless, the version of the files I used for building the prototype is available on the project page, so if you don't want to wait for the complete guide you can find them there!

If you have questions during the assembly process, please let me now!

ostrich99 on Dec 14, 2011 said:

Very interested in building this. Any ETA on when the first draft of the tutorial will be completed? I guess I'll order the webcam and motors and stuff and wait for the tutorial to get a little more fleshed out before I start assembly. Thanks for your contributions to this community as I've been wanting a scanner for a while.

bohne on Dec 15, 2011 said:

you can order the parts now, assembly is not really that hard. The guide will be targeted at beginners. thingiverse users will have no problems with the assembly :)

If you have problems, use our mailinglist: http://groups.google.com/group...

Vasily on Dec 10, 2011 said:

Your project is very interesting, but I don't understand about source code. In your page folder source is empty. Hardware part looks simple for me, and I am interested to make one, but I understand nothing about software. I don't have MAC and use Windows. Please help with source code and executable. ))

bohne on Dec 10, 2011 said:

You are right, there seems to be a problem with the source files. We will fix that as soon as possible!

We don't plan to port it to Windows, but if you want to work on a windows version let us know ;)

Ijon on Dec 9, 2011 said:

hey,

can you please provide more specific informations?
I think the tutorial is not complete, I havent found any *.dxf, sadly I have no corel draw. Can somebody who has corel convert the lasercut-files into a *.dxf?

I would so love to built one! Is there any chance to run this on a linux machine or
is the software only for mac? are there any alternativ softwares?

so far its really great work and I think the community will fastly start working on that project, as soon as it reaches a point where somebody interested can rebuilt this thing.

Big thanks for that big improvement in the worldwid
e fabber/maker-community

cheers ijon

bohne on Dec 10, 2011 said:

You can use VisiCut and the PLF (portable laser format) files for your lasercutter. You can find them at the assembly instructions page. There are also SVG files on that page.

The software uses open source libraries and can be ported to any OS with little effort if you want to create a command line version. Live preview in a GUI is only available for Mac OS X, because we use cocoa and openGL for performance reasons. But feel free to write a new GUI in you favorite frame
work :)

Acronum on Dec 6, 2011 said:

This looks cool I might have to make one. I don't have a laser cutter but being a joiner by trade I'm sure I can make it work out for me

Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 said:

just printed the .stl's with PLA on an Ultimaker at the miniFabLab

the turntableholder comes out fine, but the laserholder seems a bit week.

the vertical part is 5 mm thick. with - i expect - a 3 mm hole there is not enough plastic left. i did 4 samples, even with 90% infill they break easily.

but, as Francis says: it is work in progress!

francisengelmann on Dec 5, 2011 said:

Oho! We only tested and printed the parts in our FabLab in Aachen on a Dimension Elite. I will provide more stable models ass soon as I find time! thanks for your input

calica on Dec 4, 2011 said:

Is there a forum? Or mailing list.

bohne on Dec 4, 2011 said:

We have a google group that will be used pretty soon:

http://groups.google.com/group...

bohne on Dec 3, 2011 said:

on the FabScan homepage you can also find the eagle files for the Arduino shield and some other file formats for the lasercut parts in case you don't know how to open the .cdr file :)

thorstadg on Dec 3, 2011 said:

Are you working with anyone to put this together as a kit?

MiguelAlvarez on Dec 3, 2011 said:

Seems pretty cool! Ill definitely look into it more once my makerbot arrives :)

Whats was the estimated cost for this?

francisengelmann on Dec 3, 2011 said:

Only about 120euros, including Logitech webcam and Arduino board!

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