DIY 3D Laser Scanner Project using Arduino, Flashforge, SketchUp, Garmin LIDAR-Lite, CloudCompare

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DIY 3D Laser Scanner Project using Arduino, Flashforge, SketchUp, Garmin LIDAR-Lite, CloudCompare

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Prototype DIY 3D Laser Scanner made using SketchUp, Flashforge Creator Pro, Arduino, Garmin LIDAR-Lite, and CloudCompare.

Produces ASCII .PTS files which can be opened, viewed, and registered together with other scan stations using CloudCompare, Autodesk ReCap, or other point-cloud software.

Measuring Range: 40 meters
Power Requirements: 12V, 3A

LIST OF COMPONENTS:
- Arduino Mega 2650
- 12V stepper motors and drivers
- LCD display
- DIY power module
- Laser emitter
- Garmin LIDAR-Lite Laser Rangefinder (LLV3HP)
- 5V fan
- SD data logger
- Neopixel LED ring
- Optical limit switch
- Push button
- On/Off switch
- Passive buzzer
- DC Barrel Jack
- 12V, 3A DC Power Adapter (or battery)
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Thank you for posting this Jason Warren. I am currently working on building a custom arduino sensor shield that will simplify wiring and assembly. I also intend to add an IMU, a Real Time Clock, and perhaps a wifi module to improve functionality. I am also hoping to find time to add the following improvements to the next firmware build:

- add intensity values to PTS files
- auto levelling using IMU
- add wifi mobile app to control scanner
- option to write to binary to increase capture speed
- option to set scan resolution

The hardware is currently the weakest link in terms of data quality. The next design will have precision gearing for the base motor and will likely use a high-speed continuous servo motor for the sensor.

I have also developed a plugin for SketchUp in order to import .PTS files:
https://extensions.sketchup.com/extensi ... -importers

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