Sep.8, 2013

Robert Mikelson from Riga, Latvia has just launched his new invention on indiegogo: Rubicon, a simple and cost-effective 3D scanner. Rubicon is a 3D scanner that uses a webcam and an Arduino to control two lasers and a stepper motor.

How does it work?

Webcam takes a picture of an object on the turntable with both lasers on and off, then a program written in c# looks for differences in those pictures to detect the shape of your object. Next the turntable turns 0.45 degrees and the process repeats. 800 steps for a full 360° revolution.

After the scanning is complete, you would be able to export either a raw hi-polygon mesh or have it structured and optimized.

Robert is offering fully assembled Rubicon 3D scanner with color of your choice on indiegogo for $199, the funding will be used for making his own printed circuit boards. If everything goes alright the 3D scanner will be ready by the second half of December, says Robert. Find more here on indiegogo.

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jameslin wrote at 3/15/2014 2:22:11 AM:

How can I buy it in China

Iridium wrote at 10/7/2013 3:52:39 AM:

Dear Sir, We are ASTRI from Hong Kong and very interested in your product Rubicon 3D Scanner. After carefully read the datasheet of your product, we find there is some important information missed. Such as Resolution and Scanning Accuracy, could you please give the information to us, thanks!

Joe Larson wrote at 9/9/2013 8:22:54 PM:

Apparently $200 for a 3D scanner is the price that will convince me to be scammed. I mean there are warning signs that this might not be real. Is this Robert fellow really going to produce 10k units by December? And switch to a PCB board from Arduino? Indiegogo will give him the funding even if his goal isn't reached, even if he doesn't deliver. And yet, I really want to hit that support button.

Ben wrote at 9/9/2013 6:02:06 PM:

wish he offered a tier with just the digitizer code and arduino code. I have a web cam, arduino, a 3d printer. Since the crowd he is attracting is made of "makers" I'm sure I'm not a small percentage that also has these things and/or more. That said I knew that more people would rush to fill that makerbot digitizer $1200 gap.

Vic wrote at 9/9/2013 5:17:12 PM:

Robert Mikelson, de Letonia, fue condenado en 2012 a 18 años de cárcel por abusar de menores y difundir y publicar material pornográfico sobre éstos. Según la información, abusó de 67 niños menores de edad. Quizá es bueno que revisen esta noticia ya que de confirmarse de que se trata del creador del escáner, sería un detalle que su página no diera publicidad a un pederasta.

Scott Haines wrote at 9/9/2013 4:34:34 PM:

Google Luck to Robert on this project, excellent concept and price if successful. Good Luck Scott.

Pedro wrote at 9/9/2013 2:19:14 PM:

love it. this cuts the Makerbot merger trance. go indie community!

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