Scanse Sweep 3D Scanner Kit

The Scanse Sweep 3D Scanner Kit is an advanced 60-piece DIY kit that gives you everything you need to assemble a 3D scanner using your Scanse Sweep LIDAR sensor (not included). Outdoor 3D scanning has been around for decades, but has traditionally been much too expensive for home use. This kit aims to put this powerful technology into the hands of makers who want to develop and experiment with applications for long-range 3D scanning. The only tools you will need are a soldering iron, wire stripper, small Phillips-head screwdriver and 2.5mm ball-end hex key.

Each Scanse Sweep 3D Scanner Kit is controlled by an included Raspberry Pi 3, a stepper motor and driver HAT, and a 9DoF IMU --- all housed inside an included 3D-printed enclosure. As the Scanse Sweep rotates in its seat, the top of the 3D scanner pivots back and forth, providing a complete three-dimensional scan of its surroundings!

This kit is not a finished product, but an evolving community effort. It’s built for DIY enthusiasts who want to get their hands dirty and try new things. We aren't kidding; there is a lot of work that goes into assembling this kit, so we only recommend it for those of you looking for a challenge. If anything happens with any of the parts while you are assembling the kit, there is a full list of parts included in the kit, as well as 3D print files in the Documents tab.

Note: This kit does NOT include a Scanse Sweep, which will need to be purchased separately.

Important: As this is a DIY project, we are not offering any guarantee, dedicated support or refunds. Any support questions should be directed to the forum community and the issues tracker on the project GitHub page (found in the Documents tab). Buyer beware! We will not accept any returns on this product!
  • 1x Raspberry Pi 3B
  • 1x Adafruit DC and Stepper Motor HAT for Raspberry Pi
  • 1x Adafruit 9-Axis IMU --- BNO055
  • 1x MicroSD Card Reader
  • 1x 14mm Circular Bubble Spirit Level
  • 1x 16GB MicroSD Card
  • 1x MicroUSB Female Cable
  • 1x Sinoele Ultra Slim 10000mAh Power Bank
  • 1x Super Glue
  • 1x Double-Sided Tape Square
  • 2x MicroUSB to USB 3.5in Cable
  • 1x SS-01GL13P --- Snap Action Switch, SIM Roller Lever
  • 2x 3/16in Heat Shrink Tubing, 0.5in Long
  • 1x 2.54 Pitch Single-Row 90 Degree Pin Strip Cut to 3pin, 3pin, 4pin
  • 1x 10K Inline Resistor
  • 7x Jumper Wire, 8in (2 Blue, 1 Yellow, 1 Green, 1 Black, 2 Red)
  • 11x Phillips-Head Machine Screw 0.092-28, 0.375 LG
  • 4x Phillips-Head Machine Screw 0.092-28, 0.75 LG
  • 4x Flat-Head Machine Screw, M2.5, 4mm LG
  • 2x Flat-Head Machine Screw, M3, 6mm LG
  • 3x Socket-Head Cap Screw, M3, 8mm LG
  • 1x 1/4-20 Nut
  • 2x Nylon Unthreaded Spacer --- 94639A711
  • 1x 14HR08-0654S --- 0.9DEG 4.55V Round Stepper Motor
  • 3x Ball Bearing --- 3mm x 8mm x 3mm
  • 1x Spherical Scanner Cover, Square (P0087)
  • 1x Spherical Scanner Battery Holder, Square (P0088)
  • 1x Spherical Scanner Cable Clip (P0090)
  • 1x Spherical Scanner Light Pipe (P0091)
  • 1x 90 Degree Cylindrical Scanner Bracket, Tall (P0092)

Scanse Sweep 3D Scanner Kit Product Help and Resources

Core Skill: Soldering

This skill defines how difficult the soldering is on a particular product. It might be a couple simple solder joints, or require special reflow tools.

3 Soldering

Skill Level: Competent - You will encounter surface mount components and basic SMD soldering techniques are required.
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Core Skill: Robotics

This skill concerns mechanical and robotics knowledge. You may need to know how mechanical parts interact, how motors work, or how to use motor drivers and controllers.

3 Robotics

Skill Level: Competent - You may need an understanding of servo motors and how to drive them. Additionally, you may need some fundamental understanding of motor controllers.
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Core Skill: DIY

Whether it's for assembling a kit, hacking an enclosure, or creating your own parts; the DIY skill is all about knowing how to use tools and the techniques associated with them.


Skill Level: Expert - At this point, you should have a solid understanding of power tools and have access to a shop full of equipment. You might need to make a custom mold, have access to a CNC machine, or design custom parts.
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Core Skill: Programming

If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.

3 Programming

Skill Level: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

3 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Competent - You will be required to reference a datasheet or schematic to know how to use a component. Your knowledge of a datasheet will only require basic features like power requirements, pinouts, or communications type. Also, you may need a power supply that?s greater than 12V or more than 1A worth of current.
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Looking for answers to technical questions?

We welcome your comments and suggestions below. However, if you are looking for solutions to technical questions please see our Technical Assistance page.

  • RocketGuy / about 5 years ago / 1

    While it's impressive in what it's attempting, I can't justify the cost. I even have a scanse sweep, already, and I just can't. This seems absurdly overpriced particularly given that it's likely to require some TLC to get working. Hacking something together with a stepper, a small 3d printed adapter which isn't as pretty and a pi or arduino is probably what I'll do instead. Or just never do it and use it as a single plane sensor.

    • We and Scanse both understand your concern, that's why Scanse has open-sourced all the 3D files and provided the full bill of materials to this kit. Overall we felt the price offered was pretty good with the capabilities you can get from the 3D Scanner, though we also understand that not everyone shares our view. Luckily if you want to make your own everything is provided to buy the individual parts yourself while printing the enclosure as well.

      You can find the bill of materials in the Includes tab, and the 3D print files in the Documents tab.

      Hopefully, this helps!

      • RocketGuy / about 5 years ago / 2

        That does help! Thanks for pointing it out, I didn't think to check.

  • oesterle / about 5 years ago / 1

    As the price looks awfully close to a hobbyist LIDAR, I'd strongly suggest moving the note about not including Scanse Sweep LIDAR itself to the very beginning of the Description. I know it's behind "See essential products", but I often ignore that section, due to Dunning-Kruger (for which I am taking herbal supplements).

    • Uniplast21 / about 5 years ago * / 2

      Yeah and I also find it sort of ridiculous that a few 3D-printed parts, a small circuit board and a Pi, a 9 DoF, a battery, a few screws, a few discrete parts, and a couple motors could cost MORE than the actual device it was made for -- and it doesn't even come with that part.

      "Outdoor 3D scanning has been around for decades, but has traditionally been much too expensive for home use. This kit aims to put this powerful technology into the hands of makers who want to develop and experiment with applications for long-range 3D scanning."

      Ok great, but I wouldn't call ~$800 affordable for home use.

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