Open Source 3D scanning



I am trying to make a structured light 3D scanner using single camera, light projector and a turntable.

After days on Google I did not find any reliable open source project which I can get to work. SLStudio really seemed a good choice but did not compile properly.

I was wondering if anyone knows a good open source which they have used with the same kind of setup? Any help would be really appreciated. I am blocked here.

Hamza Tasneem

Posted 2016-05-11T20:46:53.420

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In this video I've seen something, but I'm not sure if it's the source of open source

– LCarvalho – 2018-01-13T08:44:34.380



I got some really useful resources here but I got rid of structured light approach because of lesser resources.

I used VisualSFM(.exe) , VisualSFM(source) with the turntable for the purpose and got some pretty neat results. Works well and easy to use.

Hamza Tasneem

Posted 2016-05-11T20:46:53.420

Reputation: 181


You can use a Kinect sensor for Xbox 360 OR Kinect sensor for Xbox One. That sensor allows you to get a true 3D surface with its SDK. You can connect these devices directly to your PC using USB (I have one).

Even the Xbox One model, in its SDK, has an example that allows you export your captured mesh as STL files.

Jairo Andres Velasco Romero

Posted 2016-05-11T20:46:53.420

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Posted 2016-05-11T20:46:53.420

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I have given it a try.... didnt seem to work then... ill work on it again and get back to you.. thnx :) – Hamza Tasneem – 2016-05-13T06:26:00.177

@hamza I just wonder why you arent donate the answer with a +1 ? It actually gave you worth – FrankL – 2016-05-22T07:00:14.333

I definitely will.... sorry that i didnt earlier..... :) – Hamza Tasneem – 2016-05-25T16:29:21.963


I have also been looking for some free or paid software for doing 3D scanning and the closest I have found to something that might work is this But it isn't Structure from light (doesn't use a projector)

If you want to stick with Structured Light then I would suggest looking into openCV ( I havn't looked into this much but it looks like you might be able to get something working with it.


Posted 2016-05-11T20:46:53.420

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Thanks user802599, OpenCV solution looks good, wish I had it earlier, will look into it anyway as i have worked with openCV

I got rid of structured light approach because there weren't enough resources and made one using VisualSFM. its really good and fast. – Hamza Tasneem – 2016-05-19T09:05:33.850


It is not structured light. This uses a laser:

But it is completely open source software / open source hardware.

See also here:

Lars Pötter

Posted 2016-05-11T20:46:53.420

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Thanks Lars, seem like really good resources, ill look into each of them...

I got rid of structured light approach because there weren't enough resources and made one using VisualSFM. its really good and fast. – Hamza Tasneem – 2016-05-19T09:03:28.273


BQ Ciclop 3D Scanner

  • Scan Volume: Bigger than 5 cm x 5 cm and smaller than 20 cm x 20 cm
  • Scanning Precision: 0.5 mm

All the necessary parts for Ciclop are included in this DIY kit, which comes unassembled.

This Ciclop 3D Scanner Parts List:

  • 1 x Plastic parts( 1 set with 11 pcs)
  • 1 x Arduino Uno R3 with USB cable
  • 1 x ZUM Scan Shield
  • 1 x A4988 Stepper Driver
  • 1 x C270 HD camera
  • 1 x Nema17 stepper motor
  • 2 x Laser
  • 1 x Power supply adapter
  • 1 x 16014 ball bearing
  • 1 x M8 threaded rod (9 pcs)
  • 2 x Acrylic panel
  • 1 x 8mm spiral wrapping band
  • 1 x Set of screw and nuts

Shawn Maker

Posted 2016-05-11T20:46:53.420

Reputation: 1

Note to mods and reviewers: Whilst this is technically spam, it is rather descriptive and not malicious spam (unlike the two deleted answers). The info actually supplements one of the options given in Amra's answer. For this reason, it has currently be left in place. Maybe the link should be removed, and user account destroyed.

– Greenonline – 2021-02-17T21:32:44.840