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FabScan: The 100-Euro 3D Laser Scanner
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FabScan is an open-source, do-it-yourself 3D laser scanner.
It started out as a Bachelor's thesis by Francis Engelmann, supervised by René Bohne.

FabScan was featured on Thingiverse, it's popular on GitHub, and we have a small but steadily growing mailing list on Google Groups.

2015: FabScanPi

In 2014, development was taken over by René Bohne and Mario Lukas.
The new generation of the FabScan 3D laser scanner is called FabScan Pi.

Download thesis

You can download the PDF version of the thesis here.

Software for the FabScan Pi is now released here.

We highly sugessed to use this advanced version instead of the original FabScan. Housing, Laser, Arduino and FabScan Shield can be reused, but it uses a Raspberry Pi aas a standalone device and the better Raspberry Pi camera.

An instructable how to build a FabScan Pi can be found here.

Assembly - FabScan Shield
New model data - FabScan CUBE
Scanning (German)


  • Easy to use: scan 3D objects with a few mouse clicks.
  • Export point clouds as PCD and PLY.
  • Completely open source DIY project: all parts schematics are available for download.
  • Uses a line laser and a turntable for fully automatic 360-degree scans.



Created by engelmann. Last Modification: Tuesday 09 of February, 2016 17:16:48 by zimmermann.

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