BQ launches Ciclop, the first DIY 3D scanner kit from BQ with 100% open source software and hardware. The latest addition to BQ´s 3D product line has been designed and developed with the community in mind, who can use it, innovate with it, make their own changes and share them.

Ciclop uses triangulation laser technology, where a camera is used to capture a beam of light projected over the object to be scanned. The said object is placed on a rotating platform so that the geometry and texture can be captured. The scanning process is carried out using Horus, an open source multi-platform application wholly developed by BQ. Horus enables various actions to be carried out, such as control of communications with the scanner, capturing and syncing of data, as well as generation and visualisation of point clouds.

Being a DIY product which is assembled manually, the distances and positions of the elements on the final product are different. Horus enables the scanner to autocalibrate, by automatically calculating the internal scanner settings using the structure assembled by the user.

The structure of Ciclop is made up of 3D-printed pieces, M8 threaded rods, M8 screws, M3 screws, nuts and washers. It also comes with two lasers, a Logitech C270 HD central camera and a rotating methacrylate platform, and it has with a scanning volume of (Ø) 250 x (H) 205 mm.

One of the key components of Ciclop is the ZUM BT-328 board, developed by BQ and based on ArduinoTM, which runs the firmware that controls the motor and the lasers. It is connected using ZUM SCAN, a shield derived from Arduino CNC Shield. Ciclop scans objects in an estimated time set between 2 and 8 minutes, which can vary depending on the algorithm used, as well as the speed and the motor step. The result of the process is a .ply file.