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February 24, 2009

Homemade Round Object 3D Scanner made from Flatbed Scanner

at 5:31 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks


This Homemade Round Object 3D Scanner does a good job of scanning cylinders. I like the simplicity of the design that rolls the object over the scanning element.

"I modified a Dell scanner in such a way that it can used to scan cylindrical objects such as a soda can or, in this case, an energy drink can."


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9 Responses to “Homemade Round Object 3D Scanner made from Flatbed Scanner”

  1. government grants for Says:

    Could be useful for photoshop projects.

  2. eczema Says:

    next time i need to scan a beer can, I’ll keep this in mind 🙂

  3. mikheil Says:

    cool idea but it is not 3d scanner it is just scanning the picture on the service of the can what would you gat in the computer? 2d image nothing more

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  5. Magneto Says:

    let me guess…

    a round super magnet bar in the can….
    and one on the scanner arm (unless it is not plastic)…

  6. Harry Says:


    No have a closer look. There ist one small wire holding the can. I Guess the scanner is positioned like a ramp. So the can just rolls down the scanner and is kept in place by the wire.

  7. ASH Says:

    THAT IS SO AWSOME THAT IT REQUIRES ALL CAPS! It is as good as clippy (the office assistant) turned into a gothic pen with a cowboy hat and the voice of Johnny Cash.

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