Creating a capture kit by using the same principle of commercial 3D printers

Hi, my name is Jonathan Jimenez, I have 28 years old, I am from Guadalajara and I live here. I am studying industrial design in the University of Guadalajara, currently in my sixth semester. I have 2 years of experience working in parts design and prototyping in 3D printing, only in FDM. My strengths are creativity, software skills and generating new ideas.

I have been working at Ivaldi as an intern for a few months now and the reason joined the company at the first place was their know-how on additive manufacturing and the new technologies of prototyping. I am eager to learn more about the technologies they use in the company and their overall expertise.

 

About the Capture Kit
The two main ideas for the project were to elaborate it with materials already prefabricated, commercial and easy to replace,  and use the same principle that is used for commercial 3D printers, both in the main structure and in the chips and motors they use. 

This is reflected not only in the mechanical operation, but also in the scanning system and software that’s used. In this way, a scanning system already used by some DIY projects seen on the internet was proposed, based on the use of the Xbox Kinect. 

This sensor can measure depth, and by using the photogrammetry scanning method you could get the point cloud. Also, the scanner complements very well with the SCAN 3D software. This program is very friendly and easy to use, and it is provided by Microsoft for free. 

Another objective is to think about the reuse of the Kinect, these devices are already discontinued and many will become obsolete in the future. By using them in the capture kit ,one can give a second life to something that could soon be discarded. Finally, the operation is simple, the Kinect travels on the z axis in a lead screw. 

When taking a photo for the scan, the plate where the object is located, and the Kinect support are synchronized so that it goes down or up through the lead screw while the platter rotates, this would allow for photos from different angles and better scanning.

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