May 30, 2013 AT 7:00 am

DIY VirtuRange LIDAR 3D-Scanner #3dthursday

While there are many types of DIY scanners out there in the world right now, laser or no, there hasn’t been an affordable LIDAR scanner until this project. In the world of mapping large spaces, caves, buildings, archeological sites, arenas, etc., high-end LIDAR scanners (some of them that cannot be purchased, only rented) have been the go-to tool for some time now. I’m looking forward to following this project to learn more about how to grab point cloud data from a DIY LIDAR rig!

The DIY VirtuRange LIDAR 3D-Scanner from VirtuMake.

A LIDAR 3D-Scanner is a great tool to measure architectural structures and to create pointclouds of rooms. In this project, a of-the-shelf Laser range finder is attached to Arduino controlled stepper motors. The scanner software tracks the position of the motors and the measurement from the range finder. The result will be a pointcloud.

Read more at VirtuMake. Or check out the project on Thingiverse here.

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Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

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