Empowering Your Creativity: A Comprehensive Guide to Building Your Handheld 3D Scanner

In the exciting world of DIY technology, 3D scanning stands as an epitome of innovation and creativity. It offers limitless potential for hobbyists, professionals, and tech enthusiasts alike. In this post, we'll delve into the fascinating process of creating your very own handheld 3D scanner.

3D scanning technology has transformed numerous industries, from animation and gaming to architecture and archaeology. However, commercial 3D scanners can often prove prohibitive in cost. A handheld 3D scanner DIY project offers a satisfying solution that bridges the gap between affordability and tech ingenuity.

Unpacking the Basics

How does a 3D scanner work? Simplistically put, it captures real-world objects or environments and converts them into 3D digital models. Modern 3D scanners operate on principles like photogrammetry, structured light, time of flight, or laser pulsing. These techniques generate data about an object's size, shape, and texture, producing a precise digital representation.

The eventual goal of your DIY project is to create a device that utilizes one of these principles.

Gathering Your Materials

Constructing a handheld 3D scanner requires a few essential components:

1. A digital camera or a smartphone to capture the item or scene you wish to scan.

2. A computer with 3D software for processing the captured pictures.

3. Free and open-source photogrammetric software like Meshroom, Metashape, or COLMAP.

Depending on your preferred scanning method, you may also need other equipment such as an Arduino microcontrol program, a rotary table to place your objects, or a light source to illuminate them appropriately.

Remember that part of the joy of a DIY project lies in repurposing what you have at hand. Be creative — consider how you can use your existing devices and materials in tandem with affordable components.

The Construction Phase

Photogrammetry

Photogrammetry involves photographing an object from multiple angles and typically doesn't require specialized hardware. Instead, it relies heavily on software. It starts from photographing the object systematically from all sides. Continually change your position but keep the object framed similarly in each shot. A turntable can prove helpful.

Load these images into a photogrammetry software which can reconstruct the 3D model. It might take some time, depending on the number of photos and the complexity of the object.

Structured Light

A structured light 3D scanner involves projecting a series of linear patterns onto the object. This method requires dual cameras and a light projector for scanning.

Use the light projector to cast patterns onto the object. The distortion of the pattern provides information about the shape of the object. The two cameras capture these images, and the software processes them to create a 3D model.

Implementing a structured light 3D scanner might prove more complex but provides a higher degree of precision.

Laser Pulsing

Laser scanning or Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) uses a pinpoint laser to map physical spaces with high detail. This technology is used in autonomous vehicles and topographic mapping.

You can build a Lidar by fixing a laser module and a webcam onto a servo-controlled platform. The laser beam line, thrown onto the object, creates a 'slice' of it in each position scanned by the webcam. The combination of all slices generates the ultimate 3D model.

Fine-tuning Your Handheld 3D Scanner and Beyond

Whichever method you choose for your DIY 3D scanner project, it's crucial to remember the joy of creation. Experiment, optimize, and troubleshoot as required.

Once you have your 3D scanner up and running, the possibilities are endless. You can scan objects for 3D printing, create models for video games, or simply learn more about the world in a new and intricate way.

Embarking on a journey to build your handheld 3D scanner is not just about creating a piece of technology. It's a testament to innovative thinking, resourcefulness, and the DIY spirit that relentlessly drives us towards broadening our knowledge and skills. This endeavor opens up an entirely new realm of possibilities.

Walk this innovative path with us and uncover fascinating and useful technologies that will empower your creativity like never before. Happy DIYing!

Handheld Computers

Portable and handheld for multi-domain applications.

Basic Functions, Better Performance

Android 12

Dual SIM card slots

2G/3G/4G/5G

2.4G/5G WiFi 802.11ax Wi-Fi6

Bluetooth 5.1 +BLE

4GB+64GB 6GB+128GB 8GB+256GB (Optional)

MediaTek Dimensity 900

LCD 6-inch IPS

QR / bar code scanner(optional)

Corning GG3 reinforced glass cover

NFC, Magnetic(optional)

Finger Print

B2B Wholesale Kingtop Enterprise PDA

·Powerful, Durable and Enterprise-Ready
·Seamless Device and Data Management
·Rugged and Powerful Handheld Computer for Business
·Cost-Saving Bulk Deals for Large Volume Purchases

Why Choose Us?

We’re here to help tailor our comprehensive business solutions to your specific needs.

5G Fast Connectivity

Our tablet devices are equipped with advanced 5G modules that support various network bands and protocols, which allows you to enjoy fast and stable internet access anytime and anywhere.

Rich Production Experience

We have been focusing on the production of intelligent mobile devices for 15 years, and we have a deep understanding of the industry trends and customer needs. We can provide you with high-quality products that meet your expectations and requirements.

Trouble Shooting

We have a professional and responsive customer service team that can solve any problems you encounter within 24 hours. You can also contact our engineers directly for technical support and guidance.

OEM

We can customize your tablet devices according to your specifications and preferences. You can choose the size, color, logo, software, hardware and accessories of your tablet devices. We will offer you the best solution that suits your budget and needs.

Prouduct Selection

We have a wide range of tablet devices for you to choose from, with different features, functions and prices. Our professional sales team will recommend the most suitable and cost-effective products for you based on your needs and preferences.

ODM

We have a professional R&D and design team that can develop innovative and unique tablet devices for you. We have 15 years of experience in software and hardware development, and we can create solutions that satisfy your customers and the market.Don’t miss this opportunity to get the best 5G tablet device for your business or personal use. Contact us today and get a free quote and sample!

Which PDA is right for you?

Powerful device management tools.

Talk to us >        SAMPLE TEST >

KT-KP18

4G LTE / 5G

2.2 Gigabit Carrier Speed

5.7-inch

HD+,720*1440

5mp

5mp front, 13mp rear

4000mAh

Removable 4000mAh battery

Android™12.0

Android™12.0 System

Full specs→

KT-KP18(Medical)

5G

2.2 Gigabit Carrier Speed

5.7-inch

HD+,720*1440

5mp

5mp front, 13mp rear

4000mAh

Removable 5000mAh battery

Android™12.0

Android™12.0 System

Full specs→

KT-KP26

4G LTE / 5G

2.2 Gigabit Carrier Speed

6-inch

HD+,720*1520

8mp

8mp front, 48mp rear

5000mAh

Removable 5000mAh battery

Android™11.0

Android™11.0 System

Full specs→

KT-KP36

4G LTE

1Gigabit Carrier Speed

4-inch

HD+,720*1440

5mp

5mp front, 13mp rear

5000mAh

Removable 5000mAh battery

Android™11.0

Android™11.0 System

Full specs→