This Do it Yourself Project will Take Your 3D Prints to the Ultimate Level

We live in a world where the more you can do for yourself, the better you feel about the project. Artists today want to have their hands in every element of a project and when it comes to 3D Printing, being involved in the whole process is what it is all about. Artists, manufacturers, hobbiests, and professionals all use 3D Printing for making what they want, and need come to life, but what about conception. Conceptualising a project and designing the elements can sometimes be a chore, but what if there were an easier way to get it all done.

Essentially, that is what 3D Scanners are made for. When using a 3D Scanner, the need for high end designers diminishes. The 3D Scanner takes on the work of the designer by taking a comprehensive 360-degree picture of a piece and translating that into your chosen program for use with your 3D Printer. This device is an excellent tool for duplicating design without having to draw it out in a computer. 3D Scanners are one of the best tools for an avid 3D Printer enthusiast and, thankfully, it is also one they can build themselves. Here are some of the best DIY 3D Scanners available today.

BQ Ciclop

BQ is known throughout Europe for their 3D Printers, smartphones, and tablets, but they have also developed an excellent 3D Scanner. This DIY 3D Scanner allows for a maximum scan volume of W250mm x H205mm, so most smaller scale pieces are easy to scan. The BQ Ciclop utilises an open-air design and laser triangulation technology to capture every angle of anything you need scanned. With an overall resolution of between .3 and .5 mm, and Bluetooth or USB connection, the versatility and overall quality of the scans are impeccable. The BQ Ciclop is a little more difficult to assemble than comparable models, so if you are looking for this DIY 3D Scanner you will want to be well adapted to more complicated instructions.

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The BQ Ciclop DIY 3D Scanner

OpenScan DIY 3D Scanner for DSLR Camera or Smartphone

These days, people use their smartphones for a wealth of purposes and now you can use yours to help you get high quality 3D Printed Models. The OpenScan DIY 3D Scanner is built to be used with a smartphone or high-quality camera device. The majority of the pieces for the OpenScan DIY 3D Scanner can be 3D Printed from your 3D Printer and assembled. This DIY 3D Scanner works with Raspberry Pi or Arduino. The only thing to remember while using the OpenScan DIY 3D Scanner is to use a high-quality camera. Low quality web cams and pictures do not produce the crisp, clear models you will want.

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OpenScan DIY 3D Scanner with Smartphone Capabilities


3D Scanners can cost hundreds even thousands in some cases, but there is one company that is offering a free option for those looking to break into the art of using 3D Scanners. The Virtucube is the free version of a 3D Scanner you have been looking for. The part plans can be downloaded from Thingverse and allows you to make a very retro style 3D Scanner.

With this version of a DIY 3D Scanner the image is captured via pico projector as opposed to lasers. When using the Virtucube, image quality can be interrupted by the background of where the can is taking place, so be sure to use a solid container (not clear) to receive the best quality scan. Although the Virtucube is free to download, the materials used to produce the 3D Scanner will cost, so it is not completely free.

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Virtucube 3D Scanner, almost free DIY 3D Scanner project.

DIY 3D Scanners may be new to some 3D Printer enthusiast, but these seemingly small pieces of equipment will work wonders on your ability to provide a top-quality 3D Printed Model. When choosing to purchase part plans, or the parts themselves for your 3D Scanner ensure you have a high-quality camera to take the best images of what you are scanning. The camera quality is one of the most important aspects of the process. 3D Scanners are fast becoming essential tools for every 3D Printer so buy or build your own today and take your 3D Prints to the ultimate level.

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