VirtuRange LIDAR 3D-Scanner

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VirtuRange LIDAR 3D-Scanner by virtumake May 8, 2013

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This is an Open-Hardware project to develop a simple LIDAR 3D-Scanner.

First Test: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiH7LBjazDM

The project is still under development.

The first part was to develop the hardware. Next, we are going to hack the Laser range finder with a LR4 board from Porcupine electronics and write the code.

If you are interested, follow the project at: http://www.diy3dscan.com/viewforum.php?f=45

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So what's the idea here? A laser range finder is moved across the thing to be scanned?

Porcupine Electronics built an USB interface to this scanner (which has not yet arrived). The range finder sends the distance via usb to the computer. I know the position of the stepper motors and the distance from the range finder, therefore, I should be able to calculate a pointcloud of a room for example. The range finder has a working distance of about 50 meters. I hope that this 3D-scanner (LIDAR) can be used for scanning very big structures (in low resolution). Please watch the hardware demo, it should make the idea more clear.