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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.


The new FabScan Pi works as a standalone device controlled with a web browser. We highly recommend to use this advanced version instead of the original FabScan. Housing, Laser, Arduino and FabScan Shield can be reused, but the additional Raspberry Pi allows a use as a standalone device and the better Raspberry Pi camera aloows a higher resolution. The user interface and scan processing is also far more advanced.

Download thesis

You can download the PDF version of the thesis here.

Instructions (external links)

Assembly Hardware 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.


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