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The Best of Instructables Volume I by The editors at MAKE magazine and Instructables.com

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3D Laser Scanner

Create your own hi-tech 3D laser scanner with stuff you have around the house

By Kenny Jensen

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Figure A: The scanner data in the MATLAB program

Using just a laser pointer, a wine glass, a rotating platform, and a digital video camera, you can make accurate 3D models of an object or person.

Note: This Instructable was among the first posted to the site, in 2005. As such, it is dated, although the technique it describes is still relevant. To see a more current treatment of the subject, check out the episode of the Know How Show that is embedded in this project’s webpage.

Figure B: The basic scanning set-up: the camera and a rig ...

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