Programmatic 3D Printing of a Revolving Camera Track to Automatically Capture Dense Images for 3D Scanning of Objects

  • Nikolas Lamb
  • Natasha Kholgade Banerjee
  • Sean BanerjeeEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10705)


Low-cost 3D scanners and automatic photogrammetry software have brought digitization of objects into 3D models to the level of the consumer. However, the digitization techniques are either tedious, disruptive to the scanned object, or expensive. We create a novel 3D scanning system using consumer grade hardware that revolves a camera around the object of interest. Our approach does not disturb the object during capture and allows us to scan delicate objects that can deform under motion, such as potted plants. Our system consists of a Raspberry Pi camera and computer, stepper motor, 3D printed camera track, and control software. Our 3D scanner allows the user to gather image sets for 3D model reconstruction using photogrammetry software with minimal effort. We scale 3D scanning to objects of varying sizes by designing our scanner using programmatic modeling, and allowing the user to change the physical dimensions of the scanner without redrawing each part.


3D scanning 3D printing Multi-view imaging Photogrammetry 



This work was partially supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant #1730183.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikolas Lamb
    • 1
  • Natasha Kholgade Banerjee
    • 1
  • Sean Banerjee
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Clarkson UniversityPotsdamUSA

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