Motorized Laser Line Pointer

I quickly prototyped a laser line pointer fixture to help with creating more accurate scans. The gears and housings are printed using a 3D printer. This, paired with a motorized rotating stand, will help automate the scanning process. I’m using DAVID 3D Scanner software to capture the scans. I will be using an Arduino to control the steppers. Upward and onward!

My First Attempt at 3D Laser Scanning

Step one has been achieved: Scan something. Although it’s not the best quality scan, it is a great start. In time I will get better at working the software and off to the printer we go! The goal will be to print a duplicate of a scanned object. Click through the image gallery below for the progress.


This print took 14.5 hours to complete. The print had minor flaws but overall impressive print. A new duration record has been reached on my 3D Printer. ๐Ÿ™‚ Click below for the image gallery.

3 Weeks of Summer to Tinker

My internship is ending and school doesn’t start until the end of August. That gives me 3 weeks to live it up before I’m back to the grind. With that precious free time, I’m currently considering taking up several personal projects. One very likely candidate is experimenting with DIY 3D laser scanning. The goal I set forth for my self is simple: Scan a real-world object and print it out on my 3D printer. Let’s see how far I get…

Manโ€“Machine Interface (Gen4 Interface for Thing-O-Matic)

Gen4 Interface

Gen4 Interface

1. Makerbot created a MMI unit for the thing-o-matic to allow PC-Less control…(print, jog, calibrate)
2. Makerbot stopped selling MMI kit.
3. Files were open-source.
4. Access to the design files means you can build it your self instead.
5. Profit?!?!?
6. I now have a MMI unit for my Thing-o-matic. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is a prime example of the power of Open Source Hardware. I created my own Gen4 Interface for a Thing-O-Matic printer when the company decided to stop selling the units.

Pimp My Makerbot

Finally decided to relax after Finals and hand paint my Makerbot Thing-O-Matic 3D printer. Very therapeutic. Click through the image gallery.

Arcade Control Deck Wrap up

The semester has finished up and the control deck has been installed on the arcade. Everything works as expected. This was a great project because it forced me to become familiar with MDF wood, wood routers, laminate installation, and general woodworking techniques. I’ve always wanted to build my own Arcade cabinet from the ground up, and with this experience under my belt, I feel I finally have the confidence to tackle such a project in the near future.