Ciclop 3D scanner

old and busted:  FabScan

I have a FabScan Cube (build from the kit sold at Wattenrott) for quite some time now. However I'm massively disappointed by the software. The last software (100.9) that supports MacOS is neolithic and can no longer be used since MacOS 10.9 "Mavericks".
There is a processing script to use the scanner but calibrating it is a game of guessing and source code manipulation. If I got a scan out of it at all (very touchy about environmental light), it was all ball shaped and incomplete.
A new software (that requires a Raspberry Pi) was promised to be released half a year ago...it never happened.

new: Ciclop



 So being fed up with the FabScan, I got myself a completely new Ciclop scanner as a factory made kit. The parts are 3D printed very well and everything more or less fits.
You can 3D print the parts yourself and just get an electronics kit and a number of nuts, bolts and (metric) threaded rods.
  • The scanner is not  stable against torsion forces. So it must rest on a perfectly flat surface.
  • The stepper movement is not very gentle. So any flexible object will move around during scanning.
  • It does require 2 USB ports and 1 power socket (to power the stepper motor).


Horus is the software that is supposed to operate with the Ciclop.
It looks very easy to use but seems to still have some practival issues in doing the automatic calibration. Notable one but where it will constantly tell you that the stepper direction is wrong.

I haven't gotten it to scan using 2 (or more) lasers yet as this results in 2 scans that don't match up at all. With a single laser it has a very limited scan volume and your object should contain all parts of the axis of rotation inside itself but it does work.
I haven't gotten around to check if the physical dimensions as replicated precisely yet and that there are no distortions.

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