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An Arduino-controlled turntable for 3D scanning

Arduino TeamAugust 16th, 2018

Many DSLR cameras can be operated with a simple infrared signal, making them perfect targets for Arduino control. Travis Antoniello took advantage of this with his brilliantly simple 3D scanning rig.

Electronics are handled by an Arduino Uno, which commands a stepper motor to rotate a scanning platform 10 degrees per photo. After rotation, it stops for a set amount of time to let scanned objects settle, and triggers the camera, a Nikon D3200, via an infrared LED. It then repeats this process over and over until a full set of photos is taken. 

Code for the build can be found on GitHub, and the device’s 3D-printed components are available on Thingiverse. The project video seen here gives a good overview of how it works, and the scanned object on display just after 2:30 looks absolutely brilliant.


2 Responses to “An Arduino-controlled turntable for 3D scanning”

  1. IRostom Says:

    Great project and execution
    May i ask what software you use to turn the photos into a 3d one?

  2. bholcomb007 Says:

    As IRostom asked, what software to turn the pics into a 3D model?

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