It looked like a one day flower, an extravagance that would last a few months, but 3D printing is here to stay and revolutionize different professional sectors in which you can now create parts and products with the same ease with which you print text on a sheet of paper.

Today’s 3D printers allow you to print all kinds of elements with the help of plastic polymers and even with certain metals. Sectors such as medicine, fashion, gastronomy, motorsports, the aerospace industry and any industrial sector you can imagine, benefit from the multiple advantages offered by this manufacturing method, faster and more affordable for all budgets.

But alongside professional and commercial use, 3D printing has strong advocates in the amateur arena. Also in upcoming movements in certain aspects such as open source and do it yourself. Hence, on the internet we can find models for you can make yourself virtually any object using 3D printers.

The first 3D printer: turning pixels into matter

On the other hand, there are several projects that want to bring 3D printers to everyone using open hardware. And this is where it comes in OpenScan, a German project that has developed a object scanner in order to obtain 3D models and then print.

The person in charge is Thomas Megel, who has used the integrated plate to start his scanner Arduino, so small and complete in features that it allows to build all kinds of devices.

Anyone can ride it

With OpenScan You can photograph an object or be alive from all possible angles and thus obtain a 3D model that you can later modify or use to print. In addition, it has the advantage that you can mount this device yourself and start scanning using your smartphone or a DSLR camera that you have at home.

In the OpenScan online store you will find everything you need to assemble this 3D scanner. First, the control unit, which can be based on Arduino but also in Raspberry Pi. It’s up to you. Then the rest of the electronic components, and finally, the plastic elements that will shape the scanner and that you can print on your own or request them.

From the instructions provided by its creator, you can assemble your own OpenScan. Then you can control it remotely with your smartphone via Bluetooth. Any questions you may have have their answer on the OpenScan documentation page.

In addition, it recommends modeling software Free and commercial for you to choose by yourself. And to contact the user community, you have your own online forum.

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