Ciclop, Horus comments edit

After getting my Ciclop Scanner assembled I installed horus on the Ubuntu Trusty chroot on my Toshiba Chromebook 2 and Horus runs great.

I had to run through the configuration a couple of times, and it took a little fiddling to get the laser lines nice and narrow. The scan results seemed best when there was bright ambient light but not direct sunlight or lamp light.

Ciclop Assembled

I used a plastic corn toy for my first scan and am very pleased with the results.


I have been working on my Ciclop 3D scanner for about a month now and the build is almost complete. I had been looking for a complex and complete open source hardware project and the Ciclop has been perfect. Because the BQ kit and components are not available yet in the United States.

I started the project by downloading the eagle files from github and ordering the Zum Scan PCB from OSHPark. There is a Mouser Project I found with all of the components making the process of putting together 3 Zum Scan boards pretty easy. While I waited for the boards to arrive I set out ordering the other necessary parts. I spent more than is probably necessary at Tacoma Screw but I didn't mind having some extra M3 and M8 metric hardware. I was able to find US sources for everything but the line lasers and StepStick drivers.

I am planning to build a 3D body scanner when I am done with the Ciclop so I built out two of the Zum Scan shields, the third PCB and parts as well as some metric hardware is available in my project store. The other parts of the Ciclop that I purchased with their sources and prices are listed below:

Part Vendor Cost Order Date Delivery Date
Hatchbox Orange PLA Amazon $21.90 6/12/2015 6/14/2015
Threaded Rods and Hardware Tacoma Screw $53.27 6/6/2015 6/7/2015
2x Red Line Lasers DX $10.50 6/11/2015 6/29/2015
Stepper Motor Adafruit $14.00 6/15/2015 6/19/2015
16014 Bearing Amazon $19.70 6/11/2015 6/15/2015
StepStick Stepper Drivers (5) Amazon $9.25 6/5/2015 6/17/2015
Logitech Webcam C270 Amazon (used) $15.90 6/12/2015 6/18/2015
Zum Scan Shield OSHPark, Mouser $30.00 6/4/2015 6/15/2015
Adafruit Metro Arduino Uno Clone Adafruit $21.89 6/19/2015 6/24/2015
200MM Acrylic Disc Ponoko $28.39 6/23/2015 7/3/2015?
DC 12V /2.0A Switching Power Supply Amazon $5.99 6/25/2015 6/27/2015
Duck Brand Solid Grip Easy Liner Amazon $10.28 6/23/2015 ?
Total $241.07

Since the kit from BQ is unavailable here and costs €249 which is about $280 US, I am pretty pleased with the cost of the project with filament even though I ordered some extra parts and hardware. If you have a big enough printer it might also save some money to print the platform disc instead of having it laser cut, though I enjoyed going through the process of ordering the disc from Ponoko and I think it will add some polish to the project.

Ciclop Electronics

I extended the motor wires and added connectors from some jumper wires to the ends of the wires for both the motor and lasers so it will be easy to remove the electronics if necessary.

I received my laser cut acrylic platform disc from Ponoko and opened up the package. Ponoko sent the whole piece of acrylic I bought with my order along with the extra material.

Ciclop Acrylic Disc

I attached the acrylic disc to the bearing holder with the 30MM M8 bolts and then connected the motor and lasers to the pins on the Metro and then connected the micro USB from the Metro and the Logitech web cam to my computer and started up Horus. The webcam worked right away and after using the Horus software and after loading the firmware on the metro using the Horus software the motor and lasers started working.

Ciclop Assembled

This has been an amazing open source hardware project that has allowed me to work with several awesome new vendors and learn a ton about low volume manufacturing. I was able to do many things I have not done before from ordering my own PCB's, working with threaded rods, learning about stepper motors and lasers, and preparing a file for laser cutting.

Now I have to see if I can get it calibrated and make some scans!