The $30 3D scanner V6 updates
by MFG41BB77BD last updated Oct 12 2017


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If you're looking for a great value 3D printer and don't mind building it yourself, this one works great for me!

This 3D printed design will turn your iPhone into a cheap portable 3D scanner utilising the AWESOME Autodesk Remake software

The idea is that you use your phones onboard camera to take the pictures while the turn table rotates. This is acheived by using the headphones that were supplied new in the box

The volume controllers trigger the camera remotely, taking 55 pictures for every complete rotation of the turntable.

Full project tutorial available here

Anyone wanting the Fusion360 CAD files, they can be downloaded here


How do i pay you $30 for this?

It's Free! the $30 refers to an approximate PLA filament cost

What files do i need to use to print the scanner?

For the most part you will need

V2_chassis_cog_cover.stl V2_cog.stl V2_crank_handle_1.stl V2_crank_handle_2.stl V2_crank_wheel.stl V2_iphone_cradle.stl (this is also OK for other phones it's just the name) V4_Main_Chassis_1.stl (Updated 15/05/17 to allow lightening and USB C connectors to fit) V2_Main_Chassis_2.stl V3_Main_Chassis_3.stl V2_Main_Chassis_4.stl V2_Main_Chassis_combined.stl (V6 Update, use this is you have a printer big enough to print the base as 1 piece) V2_stopper.stl (this is optional and is used to secure the headphone volume in place) V2_Turn_Table.stl

Now if you find that V2_Turn_table.stl is too big for your build plate, you can download this as 3 seperate parts:

V3_Turn_Table_Split_1.stl V3_Turn_Table_Split_2.stl V3_Turn_Table_Split_3.stl

There is also a new version of the cog cover with a flange to help keep the turn table in place when using it with light objects. This will need to be glued in place

V4 chassis cog cover with Turn table support.stl

(This is now at V4 as of 08/06/17, it has been thickened to allow for a sturdy, support free print.)

What App do you use?

I use Autodesk Remake. There is a free trial available. There are other photogrammetry software packages available, so it's worth having a look around. This is a PC app, not a mobile app There are also Opensource options available, using VisualSFM, Meshlab and Blender. A brilliant tutorial has been done i have added the link in the video section below. It's excellent and a complete walkthrough. Amazing work!

Does this work with Android phone?

Yes, the turn table is designed to trigger your phones camera to take 50 pictures per full revolution. You use these photos with Autodesk Remake to create the 3D scan The turntable is too big for my printer, can it be scaled down?

There have been some successful prints at 80% the original size, so yes but i recommend not going much smaller

Is there a version of the turntable part, split in two?

Yes, the wonderful Thingiverse community have added a few remixes, check them out on the remixes button

There is now a V3 turntable that has been split into 3 parts and should fit most printers Does it need to print with supports?

The majority will print support free, but you will need supports for the main chassis. these are minimal however.

My iPhone 7 doesn't have a headphone jack, can i still use it?

Yes you can, just use the included headphones that came with it.


V6 Update

You can now print the main chassis as 1 single piece. You'll need a printer with a large build volume, but it's another option for you

Update V5

V4 chassis cog cover with Turn table support.stl

This is now at V4 as of 08/06/17, it has been thickened to allow for a sturdy, support free print

Update V4

V4 Improvements V4_Main_Chassis_1.stl Updated to allow lightening and USB C connectors to fit

Update V3

V3 improvements

Turntable now split into 3 parts for easier printing, the unsplit part will remain for anyone who has a big enough printer volume

Main Chassis split 1 and 3 are now V3. The ledges have been thickened up, and support material will now be easier to remove

3.There is also a new version of the cog cover with a flange to help keep the turn table in place when using it with light objects. This will need to be glued in place

V3 chassis cog cover with Turn table support.stl

Update V2

V2.0beta is now available for download!

The base is now in 4 separate parts that press fit together and the tolerancing on other press fit parts has been improved.

The iPhone Cradle is now also Height Adjustable to allow for further tweakablility and allow scanning of smaller items

(If you have already printed all the parts but just want to upgrade the main chassis, that will be no problem as the design is backward compatible)

Awards 's Functional Design 2016

I won the Top Functional Design in the 2016 Pinshape Awards! Thanks to all who voted!

The Formlabs Design Awards - Top Functional Model

In celebration of FUSE, Formlabs' first user conference, we are hosting the Formlabs 3D Design Awards, Powered by Pinshape.

The Formlabs Design Awards, powered by Pinshape, celebrated designs from the 3D printing community’s top contributors. Designs were nominated for one of three categories: Top Art and Design Model, Top Functional Model, and Top Educational Model. The results of public voting are in! Scroll on to learn about the winners for each category.

Top Functional Model

The Top Functional Model award goes to Daveyclk for his design, The $30 3D Scanner. This clever model can be entirely 3D printed. It works by using a smartphone to take a number of images and stitch them together via a process called photogrammetry. Congratulations and we hope the Solidworks and Instructables memberships help you to keep innovating!

Name File Type File Size (kb)
Icon V2_chassis_cog_cover.stl Model File (.STL) 17
Icon V2_Cog.stl Model File (.STL) 64
Icon V2_crank_handle_1.stl Model File (.STL) 99
Icon V2_crank_handle_2.stl Model File (.STL) 287
Icon V2_crank_wheel.stl Model File (.STL) 370
Icon V2_iPhone_cradle.stl Model File (.STL) 90
Icon V2_Main_Chassis_2.stl Model File (.STL) 111
Icon V2_stopper.stl Model File (.STL) 9
Icon V2_Main_Chassis_4.stl Model File (.STL) 155
Icon V2_Main_chassis_Combined.stl Model File (.STL) 450
Icon V2_Turn_Table.stl Model File (.STL) 398
Icon V3_Main_Chassis_3.stl Model File (.STL) 144
Icon V3_Turn_Table_Split_1.stl Model File (.STL) 174
Icon V3_Turn_Table_Split_2.stl Model File (.STL) 179
Icon V3_Turn_Table_Split_3.stl Model File (.STL) 183
Icon V4_chassis_cog_cover_with_Turn_table_support.stl Model File (.STL) 29
Icon V4_Main_Chassis_1.stl Model File (.STL) 255
Icon 26dcafd6d343aec5cca73bc159146df9_preview_featured.jpg Image File (.JPG) 30
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The $30 3D scanner V6 updates uploaded by MFG41BB77BD is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike.
Credit to Dave Clarke for the work of the same name at

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