MakerBot Releases First DIY 3D Scanner Kit, The Cyclops

Priced at $40 – not including projector and camera – this kit allows you to create your own 3D scanner. The system projects a series of lines on the object and the camera then takes a series of images. The results can be used in 3D design or for rapid prototyping.

This is obviously a little complex but if you’d like to check out the specs, Bre has created a series of documents about the system.

The technology behind this device is known as Structured Light 3D Scanning. This kit is for 3D scanning experimenters, as you will need to be a bit savvy to get the best results. If you dont feel comfortable manipulating 3D point clouds, look through the documentation to see if this project is over your head.

You can check it out here.