The FabScan Project

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  1. The original FabScan was developed by Francis Engelmann in his Bachelor's thesis (cost of materials: 150 Euros).
  2. FabScan 100 further reduced material cost so that you could build one for just 100 Euros.
  3. FabScan Cube then featured an improved housing, as a result of a student group working on interactive assembly.
  4. FabScan Pi is the latest version. It includes a Raspberry Pi embedded computer for standalone operation and wireless scanning: Instead of controlling it from your laptop via USB, you can scan wirelessly from any web browser. The RasPi camera offers higher-resolution scanning, and the web-based user interface and scan processing are much more advanced. It is the result of Mario Lukas' Bachelor's thesis. He did a great job, and we highly recommend to build this version. You can reuse your existing housing, laser, Arduino, and FabScan shield from earlier models.

How can I build one?

  • Software for the FabScan Pi is available on, including a forum for the FabScan Pi community.
  • The instructable to build a FabScan Pi includes all necessary files, including a smaller housing. Of course, the Pi also works with the original FabScan or FabScan Cube housing. We are still working on making the housing easier to assemble and use less material, but basically any box with a certain size will work. Watterott is working on the FabScanPi hat, which further simplifies assembly.
File Description File size Downloads Last modified
proposal_engelmann2011slides.pdf   7987 kB 16226 2011-08-11 15:14
duckHQ.pcd   1749 kB 5871 2011-09-07 15:04
duckHQ.pts   1333 kB 6229 2011-09-07 15:05
finalColloquium_engelmann2011slides.pdf   25189 kB 17601 2011-09-23 00:02 not yet complete 121 kB 8946 2011-09-28 16:49 3DPrinter Parts 924 kB 9639 2011-09-28 16:53 PCB Eagle Files 28 kB 7938 2011-09-28 16:56   11524 kB 11339 2011-10-19 16:29
FabScan.dmg   39665 kB 12654 2011-10-26 13:41   11525 kB 11140 2012-01-10 19:07   11525 kB 16426 2012-01-10 19:09
FabScanIcon.png   168 kB 11517 2012-01-16 18:36

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