The $30 3D scanner V5 updates
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Firstly, a big thank you to Thingiverse for featuring this design!
Secondly, since it has been featured i'm getting asked lots of questions, please bear with me, i will try and answer them as quickly as i can.. sorry in advance if i forget!
If you're looking for a great value 3D printer and don't mind building it yourself, this one works great for me!
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 55 pictures for every complete rotation of the turntable.
Full project tutorial available here
Anyone wanting the Fusion360 CAD files, they can be downloaded here
How I Designed This
How do i pay you $30 for this?
the $30 refers to an approximate PLA filament cost
What files do i need to use to print the scanner?
For the most part you will need
V2_iphone_cradle.stl (this is also OK for other phones it's just the name)
V4_Main_Chassis_1.stl (Updated 15/05/17 to allow lightening and USB C connectors to fit)
V2_stopper.stl (this is optional and is used to secure the headphone volume in place)
Now if you find that V2_Turn_table.stl is too big for your build plate, you can download this as 3 seperate parts:
There is also a new version of the cog cover with a flange to help keep the turn table in place when using it with light objects. This will need to be glued in place
V4 chassis cog cover with Turn table support.stl
(This is now at V4 as of 08/06/17, it has been thickened to allow for a sturdy, support free print.)
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. This is a PC app, not a mobile app
There are also Opensource options available, using VisualSFM, Meshlab and Blender. A brilliant tutorial has been done i have added the link in the video section below. It's excellent and a complete walkthrough. Amazing work!
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.
V4 chassis cog cover with Turn table support.stl
This is now at V4 as of 08/06/17, it has been thickened to allow for a sturdy, support free print
V4_Main_Chassis_1.stl Updated to allow lightening and USB C connectors to fit
- Turntable now split into 3 parts for easier printing, the unsplit part will remain for anyone who has a big enough printer volume
- Main Chassis split 1 and 3 are now V3. The ledges have been thickened up, and support material will now be easier to remove
3.There is also a new version of the cog cover with a flange to help keep the turn table in place when using it with light objects. This will need to be glued in place
V3 chassis cog cover with Turn table support.stl
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)
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Top Functional Model
The Top Functional Model award goes to Daveyclk for his design, The $30 3D Scanner. This clever model can be entirely 3D printed. It works by using a smartphone to take a number of images and stitch them together via a process called photogrammetry. Congratulations and we hope the Solidworks and Instructables memberships help you to keep innovating!
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