OpenScan Raspberry Pi 3D Scanner Supports New Autofocus Camera

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(Image credit: Thomas Megel, OpenScan)

In a highly-rated update posted on Reddit, OpenScan creator Thomas Miguel has revealed support for the most recent high-resolution Arducam autofocus camera, along with the demo video of an extremely detailed 3D scan of a safety pin. The three-button Raspberry Pi powers all.

Miguel started working with the OpenScan project in 2018; however, before the 3D scanning project, He was an instructor in a high school math class. At present, he devotes his time more to the OpenScan project, which has an official website that provides updates, news, downloads, and everything else connected with OpenScan.

OpenScan utilizes the scanning technique called photogrammetry. It relies completely on the Raspberry Pi to power the operation. The photogrammetry process involves taking a variety of images of an object taken from different angles and then using those pictures to stitch them together to create an accurate 3D rendering of the object. Miguel gives you the necessary tools for processing these images and 3D printers to scan objects using the Raspberry Pi.

The scanning rigs are built to include a Raspberry Pi or a camera module you prefer and offer a small, compact platform to put the object that needs to be scanned. According to Miguel, the main problem in the original Pi Cam modules involves the adjustments to the focus. The latest update includes support for Arducam’s IMX519 high-resolution camera with autofocus capabilities and is a great option for this kind of project.


Raspberry pi
(Image credit: Thomas Megel, OpenScan)

Miguel says that various open-source solutions can be used to convert images into 3D objects, including applications such as VisualSFM, Mushroom, and Colmar. But, you can also choose to utilize Miguel’s cloud-based platform called OpenScanCloud to process the scans and free the processing power of your personal computer.

OpenScan can be described as like its name implies, an open source project that has code available to anyone to look at. Further information on the OpenScanCloud project is accessible on Miguel’s OpenScanEu’s GitHub profile. Users can also get more details about the most recent version of the high-resolution Arducam module.

Check out the official announcement on Reddit and get more information and also the chance for you to post Thomas Miguel’s questions in the comments.