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The $30 3D scanner (update)

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The $30 3D scanner (update) by daveyclk Sep 9, 2016

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UPDATE!

You spoke, I listened!

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

https://memento.autodesk.com

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

https://www.hackster.io/daveclarke/3d-scanner-turntable-for-cell-phones-64fdb8

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

I just remix it to join all the 4 parts :

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2044696

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

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

Dave

Hi Kristian

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

Have a great day

Dave

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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

Dave

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.

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?
Thanks

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!
Dave

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!
Dave

thanks!

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does the scanner work with the free remake version

Hello, Yes it does
Thanks

Dave

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

Cheers

Dave

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

Cheers

Dave

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?
Thanks!

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!

Dave

When you say base, I assume you mean turntable?

Hello

No i mean the base, the turntable prints support free

Thanks

Dave

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.

Cheers!

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

Cheers

Dave

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

Dave

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

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.

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

Hello!

Thanks for you positive comments!

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

http://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/overview

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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKcgTsXM4h4

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?

Thanks

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

Cheers
Dave

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

Cheers
]Dave

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.
Si

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

Cheers

Dave

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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

Thanks

Dave

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

Cheers

Dave

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

Thanks!

Great - thank you!

Can SAMSUNG Galaxy S6 works on this scanner as well?

Hi There, should work fine

Thanks!

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!

Cheers

Dave

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?

best
Frederik

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

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

Cheers

Dave

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.

Regards
Tom

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

Cheers

Dave

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.

Regards
Tom

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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,
Samer

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.

Cheers
Tom

Hi Guys

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

Cheers

Dave

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!

Cheers

Dave

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

Hello

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

Cheers

Dave

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
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1801223

Cheers

Split Chasis for The $30 3D scanner

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

thanks!!

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!

Cheers!

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?

Trnio?

Hello!

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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