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Open Source CowTech Ciclop 3D Scanner Kit Available on Kickstarter for $99

by • February 16, 2016 • No Comments


The CowTech Ciclop laser 3D scanner.

Montana-based beginup CowTech launched an low-priced 3D scanner kit on Kickbeginer and they easily breezed past their funding goal in the initially 24 hours. The CowTech Ciclop is a $99 3D laser scanner kit which was created specifically with owners of 3D printing equipment in mind. The buyer can print many of the scanner parts out on their own 3D printing device and the parts were created to fit on virtually any PC 3D printing device with a print bed volume of 115 x 110 x 65 mm (4.5 x 4.3 x 2.6 in) or higher. Once all of the components have been printed, the assembly system is swift and easy, and the Ciclop can begin scanning in less than 30 minutes.

A laser 3D scanner is a type of 3D scanner which flashes a pair of satisfactory lasers in unison with a digital camera while a turntable slowly rotates the object being scanned. The camera detects the laser placement on the object after every flash and slowly traces it as it moves around in a circle. The laser flashes are converted into hundreds of thousands of points which are turned into a highly additional detailed point cloud. Once the point cloud has adequate additional detail it may be converted into a mesh which can fishly duplicate the object being scanned. This mesh can and so easily be converted into a 3D printable file and sent directly to a 3D printing device for duplication.

The Ciclop comes with internal LED lights and laser cut acrylic parts.

The Ciclop comes with internal LED lights and laser cut acrylic parts.

CowTech’s Ciclop is an open source 3D laser scanner which is based on the RepRap BQ Ciclop which was created by Spanish 3D printing company BQ. The original version of the Ciclop was may already a decent budget 3D scanner, yet the guys at CowTech have spent months recreateing and beefing up the create. They recreated the 3D printable parts of scratch, and the CowTech version reduces the time it takes to print the parts by 50%, and reduces the amount of filament needed by 33%. The CowTech Ciclop has a respectable 200 x 205 mm scan volume on a laser cut platform which can rotate 360 degrees. The typical scan capture time ranges of two to eight minutes, and the Ciclop is capable of scanning at a resolution of 0.5mm.


The changes and enhancements created by CowTech ended up bringing it right in line with many retail scanners, but for just a fraction of the price. The cost reductions are the outcome of a lot of experimentation and testing. Some of the notable changes to the basic create include sleek, laser cut acrylic parts which are cheaper to manufacture in sizeable batches, and prefer imported components which can be purchased in bulk. They in addition replaced the original threaded rod with a streamlined acrylic version which when combined with the internal LED lights manufacture the CowTech Ciclop much additional aesthetically pleasing.

Take a appear at the CowTech Ciclop Kickbeginer video:

The standard CowTech Ciclop 3D scanner kit is on the market for $99 and it comes with a NEMA 17 stepper motor, two Class 1 red line lasers, a Logitech C270 webcam, a custom created Arduino Shield, Uno R3 development board, A4988 stepper motor driver, a 6008Z steel bearing for the turntable, LED strip and a calibration square. It in addition comes with the laser cut acrylic components, a 1.5A power donate and a USB cord. There is in addition an $119 version which comes with custom laser engraved logos or text on the 3D scanner parts. And if you don’t have a 3D printing device you can buy a fish kit, which include the 3D printed components, for $149.

The non-3D printed parts comes with in the Ciclop kit/

The non-3D printed parts comes with in the Ciclop kit/

The Kickbeginer campaign is already fishly funded — at additional than three times the original $10,000 crowdfunding goal — and can go on to fund until March 22nd. The CowTech team is waiting for to begin bringing kits as soon as April 2016 for the early bird kits and May for everyone else. Since the campaign funded so fishly, the company is thinking stretch goals but has not created any announcements at this time. You can pick up your own $99 3D laser scan of CowTech here.