Ciclop 3D Scanner

Ciclop 3D Scanner

Full digital fabrication project. Built my own complete clone of the open source BQ Ciclop 3D Scanner. Printed and populated the motor control PCB, 3D printed the parts, cut threaded rods and had Ponoko laser cut the acrylic scanning platform.


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One of the more interesting components of open hardware to me has been the theoretical ability to produce low quantity custom hardware based on well tested open source designs at pretty low prices.

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Building the Ciclop 3d Scanner Part 1 PCB Assembly and Ordering Parts

On June 4th I ordered PCB’s from OSHPark for a Ciclop 3D Scanner, the OSHPark turnaround was amazing and my PCB’s were manufactured and shipped on the 12th. On June 16th I had three beautiful purple circuit boards in a nice purple envelope.

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Building the Ciclop 3d Scanner Part 2 Printing Huge Parts on my Little Printrbot

I have been working on printing a Ciclop 3D Scanner entirely using my Printrbot Simple Metal despite several of the pieces being to large for my bed. Reading forums and searching thingiverse I found most of the files I needed to print the Ciclop on my Simple. I also modified a couple of files so that I could print all the parts on my Printrbot.

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Building the Ciclop 3d Scanner Part 3 Laser Cutting and Electronics

One of the final pieces that I had not figured out for my Ciclop Scanner was the 200MM diameter laser cut acrylic turntable disc. There were laser cutting services available from some people I had met at a 3D printing workshop and at local makerspaces but I wanted to try and find a more universal option.

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Building the Ciclop 3d Scanner Part 4 Final Assembly

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.

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Ciclop Scanner Part 5 Scanning Objects with Horus

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

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