Photograph by Tim Anderson

HOMEBREW My Homebrew 3D Scanner

By Tim Anderson

image Imagine a camera that captures the shapes of things, and a printer that prints out those shapes. We live in a world where paper is flat and computer displays are flat, but pretty much everything else is 3D. So how about taking photography into the third dimension? Not just as a visual illusion, but as a way to record three-dimensional shapes and then print them out as actual objects.

Years ago, friends and I got excited about this and built 3D scanners and 3D printers. We ...

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