DIY VirtuRange LIDAR 3D-Scanner #3dthursday

While there are many types of DIY scanners out there in the world right now, laser or no, there hasn’t been an affordable LIDAR scanner until this project. In the world of mapping large spaces, caves, buildings, archeological sites, arenas, etc., high-end LIDAR scanners (some of them that cannot be purchased, only rented) have been the go-to tool for some time now. I’m looking forward to following this project to learn more about how to grab point cloud data from a DIY LIDAR rig!

The DIY VirtuRange LIDAR 3D-Scanner from VirtuMake.

A LIDAR 3D-Scanner is a great tool to measure architectural structures and to create pointclouds of rooms. In this project, a of-the-shelf Laser range finder is attached to Arduino controlled stepper motors. The scanner software tracks the position of the motors and the measurement from the range finder. The result will be a pointcloud.

Read more at VirtuMake. Or check out the project on Thingiverse here.


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