Robert Mikelson from Riga, Latvia just launched a great Indiegogo project. The Rubicon 3D scanner he developed could be some serious competition for the MakerBot Digitizer which was released about a month ago. If you back his Indiegogo you can get a Rubicon 3D scanner + software for a very fair price of $199 USD.
Let’s compare some of the specs. Do note that there is no camera included in the Rubicon price. Robert uses the Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam in his comparison which sells for around $115 USD.
How it works
The webcam takes a picture of the object on the turntable with both lasers on and off. Then the software looks for differences in those pictures to detect the shape of the object. After that the turntable turns 0.45 degrees and the process repeats itself. 800 steps for a full 360° capture.
After the scan is complete, you have the choice to export either a raw hi-polygon mesh or have it structured and optimized. With current setup you can scan objects up to 160mm in diameter and about 250mm in height, but since the camera is movable, even bigger objects might fit in.
Robert expects to have everything ready in December this year. Visit the Rubicon 3D scanner on Indiegogo to make your pledge, you can even pick your own color!