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February 7, 2016 AT 6:00 am

Curatio: World’s First Dedicated 3D Hand Scanner

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Pieter Smakman’s 3D hand scanner, Via Sparkisan

3D Scanning is an emerging field in technology. From scanning ants to scanning cities, the possibilities seem endless. However, body parts are still very hard to scan due to their agile nature. A prior graduate designed a 3D printed brace, and during her process she experienced the frustrating process of trying to scan a hand properly.

During my graduation, I developed the first dedicated and low-cost 3D Hand Scanner. Using Raspberry Pis, laser pointers and 32 cameras, the scanner is able to create a precise surface model of the hand.

This model opens a new world of possibilities: think of 3D printed braces, personalized medical instruments and a long-awaited tool for everyone who designs products that interact with the human hand.

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Pieter Smakman also shared a short video detailing his project on Youtube


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