CADScan Announces Kickstarter Campaign For Easy To Use Desktop 3D Scanner

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Startup hits 50% of target in six days with PC & Mac compatible 3D scanner priced at US$1,000

CADScan 3D scanner

Our scanner fills a clear gap in the market, with CADSCan 3D you simply put your object on the scanner’s turntable and the CADScan 3D does the rest.

CADScan today announced that it is seeking crowdfunding investment through Kickstarter to bring its new desktop 3D scanner, the CADScan 3D, into full production.

The company, founded by imaging expert Dr Alastair Buchanan and design engineer Tony Rhoades in 2011, received angel funding to develop its patent pending white light 3D scanning technology and build the first prototype scanner.

“Our scanner fills a clear gap in the market, with CADSCan 3D you simply put your object on the scanner’s turntable and the CADScan 3D does the rest. There’s no training, no calibration, no alignment or post-processing required,” said Buchanan. “With CADScan 3D, at a price point of around GBP 650 (about a thousand dollars), designers, hobbyists and engineers can create a watertight 3D mesh at the push of a button.”

The Kickstarter campaign launched on 12 February and secured 50% of the company’s target funding within six days. Backers of CADScan’s Kickstarter campaign can choose a range of rewards including limited edition versions of the scanner.

“Our current focus is on getting production units ready to ship to our backers on Kickstarter – they’ll be the first to receive scanners,” said Buchanan. “There’s a lot of scope to develop our technology further; it can be scaled and optimised and we will be developing higher performance versions in the future.”

The scanner can accept objects of up to 25cm x 25cm x 25cm (10” x 10” x 10”) and this scanning envelope is comparable to that of many 3D printers, making it the ideal companion to such devices. Scans take approximately five minutes to complete and accuracy of scanning depends upon the distance of the object from the imaging unit. The resolution at the centre of the scanner’s turntable is 0.2mm (0.08 inches) and improves with larger objects.

Backers can support the CADScan project with a pledge of as little GBP 5 and there are still some scanners available to backers for a pledge of GBP 649. The CADScan 3D project can be found on Kickstarter at

For more information on CADScan:

An example mesh generated using CADScan 3D can be found here:

For users who wish to perform their own meshing or manipulation of the model, the data can also be saved as a point cloud. An example of the corresponding point cloud can be found here:

Images of the scanner, Alastair Buchanan and the models created:

About CADScan (
CADScan was formed in 2011 and seeks to make 3D scanning easy to use and accessible to all. The team, led by Managing Director Alastair Buchanan has first-hand knowledge of many of the issues faced by those wishing to capture 3D data, and over twenty years’ experience of solving real-world problems through image processing. The CADScan team has been involved in a number of award-winning image processing systems, including one of the first automotive Lane Departure Warning systems.

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