Mar 16, 2009

NXT 3D Scanner


MCP Philo, well known for a lot of exciting robots, deep insight into the NXT internal electronics and as author of many LDraw parts and of a NXT book (just to name a few things), has published a new fascinating device: a NXT-based 3D scanner.
It scans small objects using a needle mounted on a LEGO® linear actuator and reports the data to a computer where they can be used to generate a related 3D CAD model:



Intriguing!

Note that the scanner has been programmed with pbLua, the NXT programming language based on Lua.

A lot of more information can be found on the associated web page.

3 comments:

iPhoneBoy said...

That must have taken months to make!

Kirk Backstrom said...

Philo,

Magnificent! I am impressed that such a high resolution can be achieved to make such a small object clearly identifiable. The bar is up to a new level for precision with the NXT.

William said...

I gotta get one of those made! It would work great with our school's 3d printer!

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