The $30 3D scanner V3 updates

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The $30 3D scanner V3 updates by daveyclk Sep 9, 2016

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What App do you use?
I use Autodesk Remake. There is a free trial available. There are other photogrammetry software packages available, so it's worth having a look around

Does this work with Android phone?
Yes, the turn table is designed to trigger your phones camera to take 50 pictures per full revolution. You use these photos with Autodesk Remake to create the 3D scan

The turntable is too big for my printer, can it be scaled down?
There have been some successful prints at 80% the original size, so yes but i recommend not going much smaller

Is there a version of the turntable part, split in two?
Yes, the wonderful Thingiverse community have added a few remixes, check them out on the remixes button
There is now a V3 turntable that has been split into 3 parts and should fit most printers

Does it need to print with supports?
The majority will print support free, but you will need supports for the main chassis. these are minimal however.

My iPhone 7 doesn't have a headphone jack, can i still use it?
Yes you can, just use the included headphones that came with it.

I won the Top Functional Design in the 2016 Pinshape Awards! Thanks to all who voted! http://bit.ly/2j62lb0


V3 improvements

  1. Turntable now split into 3 parts for easier printing, the unsplit part will remain for anyone who has a big enough printer volume
  2. Main Chassis split 1 and 3 are now V3. The ledges have been thickened up, and support material will now be easier to remove

V2.0beta is now available for download!

The base is now in 4 separate parts that press fit together and the tolerancing on other press fit parts has been improved.

The iPhone Cradle is now also Height Adjustable to allow for further tweakablility and allow scanning of smaller items

(If you have already printed all the parts but just want to upgrade the main chassis, that will be no problem as the design is backward compatible)

This 3D printed design will turn your iPhone into a cheap portable 3D scanner utilising the AWESOME Autodesk Remake software


The idea is that you use your phones onboard camera to take the pictures while the turn table rotates. This is acheived by using the headphones that were supplied new in the box

The volume controllers trigger the camera remotely, taking 50 pictures for every complete rotation of the turntable.

Full project tutorial available here


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What app are you using

I use Autodesk Remake for mine, i'll add this to the FAQ

Thanks. Keep up the good work

I hate to bother you daveyclk, but I just finished printing V2_Main_Chassis_1.stl this weekend and with the release of V3, I do not see a V2_Main_Chassis_3.stl? Can you reupload that (or is it the same as the V3 one?) Thank you for the awesome work and help in advance!

I just updated the chassis to V3 and removed the V2 ones, if you need the V2 ones to finish your set i'll add them back on. They will be compatible, it might just look a little odd




My apologies, I read your update incorrectly. I was thinking when you said you split the Turntable into 3, you meant the whole chassis, but after reading it again, it makes sense now. Thank you for the reply and sorry for the confusion this may have caused. You can delete (if you can?) the thread if you like.

no worries mate :)

I have made this and it works well. Had problems fitting the headphone volume controller into the slot as it was too thick. OK after I sanded it down. What is the stopper for and where does it go?..

The headphone hole was designed for my iphone 6+ so might vary from phone to phone.
I use the stopper in that hole just to wedge the headphones volume in place, this part is optional. if you don't need ot don't use it



Hi. I hate the supports, because I can never remove them easily. Can you suggest how to print V2_Main_Chassis part 1 to 4 without the supports or with the minimum necessary?


I have just updated the chassis to make supports less and easier to remove
Check it out


Do you need to buy any separate parts if so please can you list them below?

everything is printed, you only need you headphones that came with your phone to trigger the camera

Jan 21, 2017

GrillSgt - in reply to Georgeyoussef_1980

Just seen this post which points to the thingiverse page to download the turntable in four parts.
Thanks GrillSgt

hi, I would very much like to print this but the turntable is too big for my printer {flashforge creator pro} is there any way that I can split the turntable into two?
Thanks, John

I printed mine on the Dreamer. I just use the cut function in the slicer to split them into half. Either you cut x or y axis, take note it's better to cut where it slices on the non-teeth segment. Once printed, just weld or glue them.

Mar 2, 2017 - Modified Mar 2, 2017

I'm working on printing this out and ran into a couple issues. I need to modify the chassis pieces. Does anyone have STP versions of the files? I can't get a good conversion for STL to STP.

hi, I have an iPhone 7 but I couldn't find any 3D scanner software, can anyone suggest me a link for download?

There currently isn't an app you can download. The phone takes the pictures and then you have to load them into other software. There are some great tutorials on the web for creating a 3D image from photos. Some use open source software and some don't.

Hi Dave,
Any strong feelings on setting for printing out your design? do you think 20% fill at normal quality will be adequate? Our elementary school is looking for an affordable way to help one of our community members 3D scan and print Great White shark teeth. Any feedback would be appreciated!!

Thank you,

Hi Greg

20% infil will be fine. i printed mine at 0.2mm layer height, but as it's quite big, 0.3mm will work fine too.

Best of luck!


I printed mine with 15% infil and 0.3mm layer... slow speed 30mm/s and it's perfect!

I just post a Remix to answer the famous question "Does it works with android?"....
It works with my samsung Galaxy S7 and some minor ajustements using a Cordless screwdriver:

Thank you VERY much Dave to share this with us...

The $30 3D scanner - Samsung Galxy S7 minor ajustements
by Goofy34

Cool! What app are you using for your android phone?

Hi, no specific app.
You just have to use the camera application (I'm using CameraMX) and import all the pictures into "Autodesk Remake" (I'm using the free windows version, who allow to create 3D model from max 50 pictures)
hope it help ;)

Lol this is exactly what I wanted to know. Thank you.

Awesome! Thanks very much! i get that question A LOT! :)

Feb 24, 2017 - Modified Feb 24, 2017

Built great without any issues, actually it was my #3 print in a new Anet A8 and i was a little bit scared of aiming for such a huge project (most of the bed covered, lots of PLA involved, etc)...

But everything fitted wondeful and really smoothly!

The only thing i would change (added a remix) is removing the most external wall from case #2 and #3... i mean, it's there only for aesthetical matters and won't give any extra support, also you get to save a ton of PLA and printing time by removing those :D

Made myself an SLT with both files (case #2 and #3) joined togueter without the external part, fitted everything together and works great!


I have a question, our new 3D printer at our school can not print the turn table if we were to scale all parts down to .9 out of 1 would this still work while just being smaller? Not to mention it would definitely speed things up a bit.

very hard to print. Just one part of chassi I spent 12 hours to print and it's broken. I wasted my time for nothing.

Muito dificil de imprimir. Somente para uma parte do chassi eu gastei mais de 12 horas e a impressão está quebrando toda. Desperdicei meu tempo pra nada!

Will it work for android? I don't want to waste material to find out that it wont work :D

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Feb 9, 2017 - Modified Feb 9, 2017

Has anyone ported it to "Android" compatible phones? And adding a FLIC button push instead of headphones button?

Wouldnt mind "paying" for the conversion ;)


What ios app would i have to use with this. I have the remake softwear but not an app. Can someone please link the app to use with this. Thanks

Hello, if you have remake you don't need another app. the turntable uses your phones camera to capture the images, simply upload them to your PC or Mac and let remake work it's magic


Do you print the 4 circle pieces laying flat? If so should I have enabled supports?

hello, yes you will need supports

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The comments state it took about 19 hrs to print. Currently one piece of the chassis is taking me 10 hrs at 40mm/s. What speed did you print your PLA?

Hello good evening I have a question this works with Android mobile phones? how?

I also don't understand how to use the headphones to trigger the photos can you please explain it to me or provide the link that does as I can't find it thanks in advance

Hit the volume button on the headphones

Hi I recently finished printing this item and I think it's an awesome design however I'm having a problem with the turntable lifting of the gear and not spinning. Im not sure what I did wrong as I haven't modified anything. I already know how I'm going to fix it by placing a tab on the part that encloses the gearing which will hold the table down so it doesn't come of the gear. I'm just wondering what have I done wrong as I'm not sure do you have e any suggestions?

Feb 4, 2017 - Modified Feb 4, 2017

I am also having this issue. Did you find the reason why it was doing it?

Yeah I modified the gear box cover to go over the turntable. I already new how I was going to resolve the issue before I posted the comment but I would have liked the original design to work for me.

Thanks for your reply, I'll look into something similar

No problem I have the file I could give you. You need to know though you have to glue it down for it to work properly.

That would be great if you could! How do you want to send it? Thanks

I'm not really sure at the moment. I doubt you want advertise your email address on the internet. I was thinking I could possibly upload it to thingiverse but I don't know how to at the moment. I could upload it as a remix of the original design I think I have to give credit to the original designer but I don't know how to do all that right now. I'm working at the moment but give me till the end of the day and I'll try and work out how to upload it and then send you a link I guess.

I cannot for the life of me find out what headphones are being talked about. Did you link or name them somewhere? If so where are they mentioned cause I thought I looked everywhere, including the hackster page linked in the how I designed this section.

They are apple headphones i believe

Aww gotcha thanks. So do the headphones have like a volume button along the wire and something in the scanner table pushes on it to trigger the pictures? Has anyone tried it on an android?

What if I have an IPhone 7? As it doesn't have a headphone jack. Lol

you can use the lightning adapter, or you can wait for the bluetooth verison to come out. either way it will work

When will the bluetooth version be released?

Why did tou choose to take exactly 50 picture? Was there a limitation considering the design? Is it because more pictures doesn't really improve the quality of the scan? I would prefer more pictures by rotation but I want to hear how you decided to take 50.

Nice design by the way.

Hi there

50 images per rotation was a fairly arbitrary value, but seemed round enough! There is nothing stopping you doing mulitple rotations for a higher res scan


Have you guys tried to use 123d Catch App for iOS and Android? This app takes pictures, send them to a cloud server, does the rendering and allows you to download the mesh.


123D catch is being discontinued by autodesk unfortunately. I recommed using Remake as this is better supported and can create much higher res meshes


I have a 200 by 200 hundred build platform and I cannot print the turn table do you have any suggestions

3D Scanner Split Tabletop Part
by Jpete24

thanks GrillSgt!

Would you be kind enough upload the main chassis as 1 piece?

I just remix it to join all the 4 parts :


The $30 3D scanner (one piece main chassis)

Hello, thanks a lot for your thing !

Could you put the main chassis in one piece also ?

Thank you

do you need anything besides the printed parts, in the picture the scanner has wires hanging out???

Jan 8, 2017 - Modified Jan 8, 2017

Hello there my good fellow,
I'm in the process of printing your design and noticed the series of horizontal ledges used to adjust height. I was wondering how you print your files entitled 'Main chassis 1' and 'Main chassis 3' without the plastic drooping?

Thank you

I wander this myself. many state printed without supports and i dont know how it is possible

Jan 6, 2017 - Modified Jan 6, 2017

Hi Davey,

Great design you have made here, it takes a lot of skill, hard work and determination to create something like this. I am in the process of printing the scanner and so far, so good. As a small 3D printing business owner, I am very glad that people like you exist in this industry who use their intelligence to create things like this that can be so widely used. Keep up the great work !

Kristian Misevski
w3Du Printing Services

Hi Kristian

I really appreciate your kind comments, thanks very much!

Have a great day


Hi Kristian

I really appreciate your kind comments, thank you so much!

Have a great day


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Would it be possible to use an iPad mini for this?

the ipad mini might be a little tall, but you could use the mount seperatley from the scanner, say on a table. and raise the turntable up if needed with books or something

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Is it only for iPhone?

as long as your smartphone comes with headphones with a volume control on it is should be OK (it uses the volume control as the trigger)

Witch app do you use?

Witch app do you use?

i use Autodesk Remake, it's a PC or MAC app, you use your camera as a phone only

Hope that helps


I don't know if it is an android exclusive app but there is an autodesk app called 123D catch that does the same thing but you can use your phone for the entire process.

123D catch can not be download in France :( Maybe later

Ah, I didn't realise it was only for iphones. Since I use another smartphone, I guess I won't be able to make this work... However, nice work dude!!

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Really cool project, I'll start making one my own. I just can't find the instructions on hackster about how to install the wire to the headphone jack. Perhaps I am overlooking it...

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Printed this and am loving it. I will upload my "Made" pictures shortly. I modified the iPhone holder to hold a 6S plus in the case is the only changes I made! Can I ask a design question? how in the world did you do the "puzzle" style snap fitting pieces for the 4 base pieces? That worked amazing for assembling the unit and I would love to know how you did it. when I split objects in netfabb I get a straight line which 80% of the time works fine.....

Can you post the file for the modified iPhone holder. I have a 7 Plus and it will be too big for the standard one. Thanks

FWIW, I just printed the phone mount, and it works fine with my iPhone 7Plus in a thin case.

FWIW, I just printed the phone mount, and it works fine with my iPhone 7Plus in a thin case.

that's great, thanks for sharing

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Really cool stuff.
Can you also make the ground plate into 2 or 4 pieces?

Really cool stuff.
Can you also make the ground plate into 2 or 4 pieces?

Dec 27, 2016 - Modified Dec 27, 2016

hi imy scanner is a sence. it works verry good wiht this. thank you for the time you spent to make it.

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Can you post the one piece chasis for those of us with larger 3d printers?

What app do you use so i can scan and print in STL format? for Iphone

What app do you use so i can scan and print in STL format? for Iphone

I use the phone to take pictures and use Autodesk Remake on my PC to stitch them together to create the 3D geometry. This is known as photogrammetry and is very cool! Created by people with a far bigger brain than mine

Thank you very much fr answering my question that is really cool and i ant wait to give it a try

No worries!

Best of luck

What app do you use so i can scan and print in STL format? for Iphone

Hi, very cool design! I want to print it with my m3d printer, but it looks that some of the part are too large for my printer bed. Also it seems that the part does not have the same size ratio so if I want to get them smaller it would not be the same amount of reduction. For exemple some parts are at the scale of one while other are at ,75, etc. Do you have any tips to help me?

Hi, very cool design! I want to print it with my m3d printer, but it looks that some of the part are too large for my printer bed. Also it seems that the part does not have the same size ratio so if I want to get them smaller it would not be the same amount of reduction. For exemple some parts are at the scale of one while other are at ,75, etc. Do you have any tips to help me?

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also one other thing, can i resize it a tiny bit smaller so it doesn't take as much filament?

I've not personally tried it, but i have seen a few made scaled down around 90% just make sure all parts are uniformly scaled. Going any smaller might make the teeth a little weak, and also the phone shelves too
Good luck!

I've not personally tried it, but i have seen a few made scaled down around 90% just make sure all parts are uniformly scaled. Going any smaller might make the teeth a little weak, and also the phone shelves too
Good luck!


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does the scanner work with the free remake version

Hello, Yes it does


for me the dovetails printed larger then the keys they should line up with. I am going to just cut them off and glue/weld the arts together, but others may have this same issue. also by default the top of the turn table is to large to print on my makerbot replicator+. I unfortunately did not check this before printing the other parts, so ended up splitting this down the center, and will end up gluing/welding together as well... they are printing now so will let you know how they work out, if they do I will post my split top on a remix so someone else could use them if needed.

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I did pla as well so may work better with abs dunno.

I did pla as well so may work better with abs dunno.

I did pla as well so may work better with abs dunno.

I have the same issue. Printed with PLA. Should I of used ABS?

I have the same issue. Printed with PLA. Should I of used ABS?

I am having an issue where the support layers for the pieces with the phone holder are making the layers too wide to put the phone holder in, and I can't seem to think of a way to print it where it would not need support material. Do you have any recommendations for a program with easier to remove supports, or a recommended support setting for 3D Builder? I'm relatively new to 3D printing so forgive my inexperience.

Man 3d printing people are such a holes. This design is awesome nice job!

Thanks man!

is autodesk remake in fusion 360 because autodesk remake is not on the App Store?

I think they recently change the name to REMAKE, or i suppose they change it, it use to call "123 Catch"
but you can still find the APP by that name, ones you installed that app and capture some designs with the 3D scanner
Download a free Program call Meshmixer to open the files that you capture from there, well is another process that you need to do in order fix it or make it better http://www.meshmixer.com

Hi there

Remake is a PC or Mac app, not a mobile app. You use the camera on the phone to capture the images and then transfer them to you PC

If you wanted to use only your phone, your can use 123D catch (another autodesk photogrammertry app) it's not as full featured and the mesh created will not be as complex, but it's a good alternative



Nice design! May I ask where should I put the part "stopper"? Thx.

Hello and thank you!

It's used inside the turn table to secure the volume control in place



Sorry that I still can't understand.
Would you please take a picture to show me?
Thank you for replying.

All the detais are in the tutorial link in the description

here's the link incase you can't find it https://www.hackster.io/daveclarke/3d-scanner-turntable-for-cell-phones-updated-64fdb8

Hey! This looks awesome and super useful, so I'm going to try and make it. Just a few quick questions, though.
First, do you have any recommendations for the shell thickness/layer height/infill, or is it just whatever works?
Second, I noticed that the new files for the base are on their side, which seems like it would make it need a lot more support. Was that orientation intended, or would it be better to print them right side up?
Finally, in your opinion would PLA work, or does that even matter?

Nov 16, 2016 - Modified Dec 2, 2016
daveyclk - in reply to EtCetera112

Hello and thanks very much!

I'll try to answer your questions here

  1. I used 200micron layer height, two perimeters and 20% infil on mine. You will need supports only for the base

  2. You will need to re orientate them so they're flat to the build plate

  3. I used PLA for mine and it worked great!

Hope this helps and good luck!


When you say base, I assume you mean turntable?


No i mean the base, the turntable prints support free



Very cool design Dave!
I have a question for you, is this design.it Is designed for any particular version of the iPhone for example the 4s or a newer version of the iPhone. Due to slight differences in the overall dimensions of the phones. If so is it dependent on the angle of the phone in relation to the turn table. If you have already answered this thank you in advance.


Hi and thanks!

You should be OK with an iPhone 4, the phone mount can be lowered or raised as appropriate so it should work fine

I have tried it with an iPhone 5 (I know it's a little taller) but that worked ok



Would you be willing to post the source files for this project?

Hello, you should be able to find the files on the hackster.io link

Have fun


I am so fricking pissed off right now I have been trying to print this stupid thing for the past week and a half and I am not having any luck the two pieces that have the cell phone holder in it does not print out right when you go to take off the supports it breaks all apart I have printed at least 6 of them out and I still have the same results each time does not matter which way you put it, either standing on end or lying flat it does not matter it still comes out the same way. so what I think is it should be taken off thingiverse till it is fixed right or modified to where it won't take 6 times to print them so it comes out right. I have gone through a big roll of filament trying to print this and the filament is not cheap so I just blew money just to print this thing out so I give up I will find me a different one that is not so f _ _ed up

Mine printed just fine your a rude fuck up

Design your own if you don't like it. This is hours and hours of skilled work being graciously donated to our community, so the least you can do is show a little respect. You are clearly too old for this.

more infill and thicker outer shell. that should do it.

Frankly I don't appreciate being treated so rudely.

This is not the way to get any support out of me

I suggest you gain some experience in 3D printing before pointing the finger

Feel free to respond, but this will be my last message.

That guy was a rude fuck up and I told him so

wawinter, if you think going around and blaming people for a problem that only YOU’VE had, then I suggest you change your ideals, or replace your Printer that obviously has some problems. If you’d actually like me to give you some advice, then you might want to try a new kind of infill, different slicer, or change up some settings.

Never in all my time on thingiverse have I ever seen a comment like this... If you don’t have any luck with this “F****d up” scanner, then I suggest you design your own, because as far as i’m concerned, there aren’t many other scanners like this on thingiverse.

I genuinely hope you have a good day.

Hey I just got done splitting the table top into sections with dove tails. I've check the fitment over and over again. I'd upload now but want to print to make sure first. I'll probably have it finish Monday.

Nov 11, 2016 - Modified Nov 11, 2016

Hey Dave, thank you for the hard work, along with taking suggestions. I'm printing the chassis now and pretty amped to finally get around to printing this.

Off topic to a degree, but was wondering what's your method for splitting and editing? I can split with tinkercad, but the dove tails is awesome. Maybe you can in tinkercad but even if it's a different software I'm all ears.

I'm just now venturing off into editing, so any advice is welcome.

Thanks again for all the help


Thanks for you positive comments!

I use fusion360 for all my modelling and modification. It's amazing and free for hobbyists!


Check it out :)

Ok I got it downloaded. Maybe it's because it's new software to me but I don't know where to even begin. I mainly want the to know how to split a large model up like you did, with the dove tails. I'll keep trying to figure out, as I go in sure I'll figure more out. Hoping you get on and it's an easy description

Fusion360 is a really powerful program - I use it as well, and am very impressed! Additionally, there are some really good tutorials on YouTube. I found this tutorial the other day about designing joints in Fusion360 - and I think they even talked about a dovetail!


Daveyclk, this is an AWESOME design. Looking forward to printing it! :-)

So glad to see the four piece offering. Each piece is still slightly too big for my FlashForge Finder print bed, but I have a friend with a larger print base who can print it out for me now that it's in the four pieces.

You're welcome mate, still some improvements to make. These will evolve over time

I have been trying to print this out for the past two days and its not coming out the way its suppose to the the steps for the cell phone do not come out right and I have it printing the no. 4 piece and I have it on its side and it is still not printing right I have gone out and bought a new spool of filament and it is going through it like candy it keeps messing up on me this is the fourth time I have tried to print it without any luck that filament is expensive and I have already gone through almost half of it and still no luck I tried laying the piece down and printing and still no luck I have even tried printing it on its side and still no luck I think you need to go back and work on it some more before you post it.

Yeah the model is fine, before acccusations can you please let me know your print settings?


For those of you who can't print the turn table because its too big, go on my designs, I've just posted an edited version of this turn table to fit the bed. Also please read the directions for putting it together, and ask me all the questions you want, thank you!

What directions there are no directions that I can see.

The directions are in the description of my thing files for the turntable.

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Hi bro, my print base are 200x200.. can i resize everything say 80%?

HI Mate

I've personally not tried it, but there is no reason it won't work.

I would try only scaling the x and y axis, and leave the z as is. This means your headphone switch should still fit

Let me know how you get on! it'd be great to be able to recommend this as a solution


If you resize the x and y Axis of the Main Chassis wouldn't the spot for the Cog be oval rather than circular?

I'm looking at this same issue. I wonder if I can split the turntable into four pieces and glue them together after the fact? This is an awesome design btw. Nice work!

Do you need to print with supports?

I have tried using supports and it will print okay but when its done you can't get the supports off of it without breaking it so I am at a loss here too on how to print this so it comes out right

HI there

You will only need supports for the main base. everything else is support free


that is funny I have tried it with and without supports and neither of them work so tell me what to do. I like the looks of it I have printed the #2 and #3 parts which came out great but I am problem with the #1 and #4 part I can not get them to print right. I have thrown away almost 5 different ones that I printed, now I'm printing # 6 and it still not coming out right. please help me with this. These are the only two parts that are giving me problems

Very cool design - a good bit of lateral thinking!
Can you recommend any software for manipulating the point-cloud generated? This has been the biggest failing in the output of the various scanners I've tried. Fine if you want to print something as scanned. Not so fine if you need to manipulate / modify it.

Using Autodesk Fusion360 is brilliant for the manipulation of the mesh created. You can also use meshmixer. Glad you like the design!



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Nov 5, 2016 - Modified Nov 5, 2016

Sorry if been asked, but can you do two rotations to get both sides of an item? I have an urban armor phone case that has a real door that holds cards in it. The door hinge broke so I was thinking I'd make another. It has details on both sides. So if I scan it face down, then face up the software can combine?

HI There. Doing 2 rotations will be no problem. the more images you take the better the mesh will be. You can use Fusion360 or meshmixer to combine you scans



Hm i have all parts printed but the Turntable was too big for my printer :( Cut it in 4 Pieces would not work i think :(
Did you have an idea how to print this in pieces?

I have edited the turntable, email me and i will email you the parts, however parts are not perfectly cute, but you can just plastic weld the 4 little tiny voids, my email is [email protected]

Hi, i will take a look at how i can make the turntable easier to print on smaller printers



I've edited it for others who cant print it, how can i tag your thing with it so i can categorize my edit as a remix so more people may see it?

Hey Dave now i am done with this thing but it takes no Photos. The Cog was to small and doesnt hit my earphone to take photos :(
Damn i love this thing but now i need to modify something that it hit the button

HI There, i used to spare support structure slices under the headphone buttons. it only needs to be raised a fraction. i found this varies by model. i have an iphone 6plus and my mrs has an iphone 6s. and they both need a different number of support slices to get them to work just right.

i feel a V2.1 coming on!

Thank you very much. My printer was 200x200x140mm but It doesn't work. It's really 199,2x199,2mm :D

I've printed all the parts for this but can't figure out how the crank should be driving the turntable. I assume there should be a cog wheel or pinion of some kind? Does anyone have any details on what that should be? Thanks.

Hi There, sorry i forgot to upload the cog file. it's there now and should make sense


Great - thank you!

Can SAMSUNG Galaxy S6 works on this scanner as well?

Hi There, should work fine


Hi Everyone

I Have updated the design to V2.0beta

The chassis is now in 4 separate parts that press fit together and the phone cradle is height adjustable

Hopefully this will make some of you a little happier!

Thank for your support and downloading!



Hi Dave,
Great project.
I would like to adapt the volume button idea and use a bluetooth selfie button instead.
Can you release your design in an editable format?


hi dave,
i have a question.
is scanner onli for iphone??
thanks a lot for all.

Hello Franceco

The scanner should work for most Cell Phones that come with headphones.

The gap where the headphone volume control sits has been designed to work with an iPhone 6+, so i can't guarantee it will fit perfectly

Worst case the phones camera can be triggered manually.

I'm currently working on a more universal V2.0. when it is complete i'll post it here. Hopefully this will address the few gripes i've had regarding this design



Hi Dave,
first, yes I made a complete print with all pieces. Nice idea, nice design. I had to split the main chassis into four pieces, cause my printer isn't able to print larger pieces than 220 mm.

But, sorry I have to say for me the construction is not functional. Several weaknesses:

  1. I got huge problems to print the turn table. With a layer height of .2 or .3 mm no cogs were printed. With .1 mm I got acceptable results, but print time was unacceptable. So I constructed a seperate sprocket and the turn table with a groove to glue in the sprocket later.

  2. The height of the slot for the iPhone volume controller (iPhone SE) is 4 mm, but the height of the volume controller is 4.15 mm and the key travel is 0.15 mm. This means a permanent keystroke if the volume controller is sloted in. The older volume controller (iPhone 4) also doesn't fit: height 3.4 mm, key travel 0.1 mm.

  3. If I add all tolerances (especially the square shaft: 10 mm and the square hole in the cog: 11 mm), then I never will trigger the volume controller with the cog.So I have to press down the cog wheel manually to get a trigger, or not.

This is the main weakness in my opinion. All the tolerances are to high to get a usefull key travel of .15 mm.

May be it could be a possible solution to put in the volume controller from the outside and adjust it with a compensating mechanism to get always the same distance to the trigger curves of the cog wheel. Or put the trigger cams to the turn table and the volume controller on a flexible part, which presses the controller against a running surface. If the cames are passing the pressure gets high enough to trigger.


Hi Tom

Thanks for your report

It's a shame it's not working fully on your printer, I was able to print all parts fine on mine, especially the cog parts. What slicer did you use?

Regarding the general design, I'm currently working on a V2, and will update this design with the latest files

I do have a question regarding the functionality, if I was to add electronics to automate things, would that be of interest?
I'm tied between keeping things simple and accessible with overcomplicating things

Thanks for taking the time to give some feedback



Hi Dave,

I'm using Simplify3D. The slicer shown me everything fine, maybe retraction was a little to high. I used the parameters I figured with Test Your Printer! V3 http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1363023. But reconstructing the turn table, split the the main piece into four pieces was fun for me. So, don't worry.

I would love to get some electronics, because it was my studies. But now I'm working as an IT architect.


Test your 3D printer! v3
by ctrlV

Hello Heliart and Dave,

First, Dave thank you for the design and idea - great one!

Heliart can you share with us the 4 files of the main chassis split?

Thank you,

Oct 27, 2016 - Modified Oct 27, 2016
Heliart - in reply to Samertoume

Hi Samer,

Dave has done it and for sure better then me.

Thx Dave.


Hi Guys

V2.0 is now live, check it out if you haven't already



Hi Tom

Ok cool, I used simplify 3D too, so not sure why you were having trouble

I'm considering an automated version that uses a stepper motor and Bluetooth to trigger the pictures. It won't be very hard to do, but it will of course put the cost up a little

I'll keep you posted!



Is there something wrong with the stl files? I have a witbox 2, the print volume is huge and I can't print this because it is too big.

NO, it is a huge print. You're gonna need at LEAST 230 x 255mm of print volume to print. He didn't mention that.

Oct 21, 2016 - Modified Oct 21, 2016
daveyclk - in reply to Matthew813


Yes it is a large print, how selfish of me to design something that fits on my Type A Machines Series 1.

A remix has already been done splitting the base into smaller pieces, there is no reason why it couldn't be done for the others.

A version 2 is currently under development as i appreciate that not everyone has one as big as mine, i don't have a time frame yet on the V2, but it should be pretty cool



Thank you for designing a smaller one, I hope it will be finished soon.

I just saw your update. It's ok you're not selfish; it worked perfectly on my Robo R1! XD

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could split into 3 pieces the main chassis for can print in 200x200 usual printer? thanks!!

The base has been remixed here


Split Chasis for The $30 3D scanner

this need a 300x200 surface hehe, awaiting for more op.


Excellent project, but i have a Nexus 5X so i wonder if you can upload your source files ?
Thank you

It should work with a nexus 5 as long as you have the head phones that came with it. I used mine with an iPhone 6 Plus

This is a nice design and I see no reason why this can't also work on an android phone with trigger fitted headphones.

However, one modification I would love to see is the following:

Make the phone mount adjustable so you can change the angle, thus being able to shoot the object from multiple perspectives. The software works much better if you have one full rotation from 45 degrees top down, one from straight on and one from 45 degrees bottom up.

You can then have a slot on the far side of the base which allows you to slide a piece of A4 paper in which becomes a flat background to shoot against.

To take this to the next level still, what would be fantastic is to re-design the gearing so you start it going, after one full rotation the phone stand is moved down one step, then again after the second full rotation so you can get all three perspectives just by turning the wheel.

Thanks for your feedback! This first version was designed to be as simple as possible. the second version i'm working on is going to have far more bells and whistles :) it's a work in progress, but watch this space

Great to hear! Thanks for the reply, always nice when makers keep up on the community.
Well I've popped this on my watch list, keen to see how it progresses. Good luck!

Great design! Have you thought about automating the rotation by replacing the handle/crank with a simple DC motor or stepper motor?

Hi Fred

Thanks very much!

I did think of adding a stepper motor, but wanted to keep it nice and simple.

No reason it won't be added in the future!


I realize this is for an iphone but do you think it could be adapted to use with an android phone also is the design adapted in some way to the location of the Iphone's camera. I'm thinking I will likely need to redesign some of these parts to fit my needs so any tips and tricks would be helpful. Am I right in thinking the camera trigger is completely mechanized? Any and all help is appreciated thanks.

This is 100% what I've been looking for!! can't wait to start printing this.

I have an iPhone, so what software would be best to use?



I just used the native camera app with the focus fixed.

It works great!

There are some limitations with any 3d scanning, but particularly photogrammetry, there are some great tips and tricks on Autodesks Youtube channel, but the main rule to follow is, if the object is shiny, you'll need to make it matte.

Check out Autodesk Remake for more info

This design is simply ingenious. I knew that people have 3d printed scanners before, but I never knew it was possible to make a 3d scanner without ir and ultrasonic sensors, and instead, by stitching together photos. I'm currently printing the parts now. I can't wait!

Hey Matthew, Thanks very much! it's a really useful tool.. have a look on youtube for the best practices for photogrammetry, it can be a little tricky to get right at first, but once you nail it it's dead easy!

my advice is not to glue anything, i found it very useful to be able to move the phone mount depending on the size of the object you're scanning.

Have fun!

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