ATLAS 3D Scanner Kickstarter Campaign: Software Developer Creates First 3D Printable Laser 3D Scanner

The progress of 3D printing and how it’s beginning to plant itself firmly as an everyday technology in the lives of many is demonstrated in Uriah Liggett’s motivation behind creating the ATLAS 3D Scanner. He wanted to create household items with the 3D printer. It sounds easy enough.

We’ve seen plenty of real headlines regarding the 3D printing of medical devices, fictional characters on medical TV shows 3D printing blood vessels and body organs – so how hard could it be to produce a fork and a spoon, or a coffee mug at home?

The first step is in creating 3D models, and if you want to do this from everyday objects, already around, a 3D scanner is necessary. It’s also a fun, wonderful tool that can open up a whole new world to the 3D printing enthusiast. Liggett found there were challenges in procuring the right 3D scanner at the right price.

The 3D scanner is an often overlooked part of the 3D printing process, and Liggett saw that there is enormous disparity between performance, resolution, and affordability. Rather than struggling along with a 3D scanner that he purchased at a higher price than even his 3D printer — with abysmal results — Liggett simply made his own. The result was the ATLAS 3D, the first 3D printable laser scanner. And it comes to you with an emphasis on ‘budget friendly.’ The design is open source and open hardware, and Liggett is hoping that soon everyone who desires to will be able to build one for themselves. … (read more)