Spotlight: Two 3D Scanner tools

Spotlight: Two 3D Scanner tools

Purpose-built 3D scanning tools are an exciting new development in machine vision. People have been building their own 3D scanners for years with cameras and line lasers.

Now, a couple of integrated and factory-calibrated units are on the market which offer a great head-start to a successful 3D scanning application.

SICK | IVP Ruler E

The SICK | IVP Ruler E is the integrated and calibrated version of the Sick Ranger product line.

Picture of SICK|IVP Ruler E


  • 13 varieties available
  • 1536 pixel profile width max
  • 10,000 fill profiles per second
  • Interface: Gigabit Ethernet
  • Application Software: API's provided for .Net, C, C++. LabVIEW API in beta.

Micro-Epsilon scanCONTROL

The Micro-Epsilon scanCONTROL is a new integrated and factory calibrated scanner.

Image of Micro-Epsilon scanCONTROL


  • 8 varieties available
  • 1024 pixel profile width max
  • 250 full profiles per second. (Upt o 4000 for partial profiles)
  • Interface: FireWire, RS232
  • Application Software: API provided for C++, LabVIEW
  • Works with the NI Compact Vision System
  • For 2810 model, built in calculations are included for typical measurements of groove and bead applications, reducing custom programming.


3D Scanner
Can this technology be used to reproduce parts such as from very old vehicles? Would be interesting to manufacture parts that have not been made for many decades!

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