I finally get to my current project: Dave’s Laser Scanner, or DASER for short. It is a very simple handcranked camera-trackable platform with a spinning mirror laser that will hopefully be able to bring all types of 3D object from real life into blender to be cleaned and animated. I started a few months ago, and designed and built an automated version that synced itself with pulsating light and auto movement turntables. It was a masterpiece, that ended up being too over-engineered, and misuse of time…But a refresh of the idea was to build the platform you see in the image out of foamboard in a couple of days from pattern to reality, and taking the laser system and placing it in a fixed holder.
The laser and collimator are from a $12 green pointer that you can buy from Amazon, I used the seller Hottest Deals Ever they were great! even the 5mw laser appears to be a 20mW diode cranked down but was probably a factory defect, so full power might kill it, and blind me at the same time. So overall it is a good deal, I also used the spinning mirror of a laser printer, and the motor of a cd drive. Of course I was lucky to have those parts already, and I placed them in a hand cut aluminum mount as shown below. I thought that would be enough of a heatsink, oh how wrong I was, later I added a larger multifin heatsink.
I did not want to post about this project until I was sure that progress was reaching a point where the end was visible, and I believe that since I was able to integrate ffMPEG into the tracking application, now is a good time. As you can see in the picture below, the example video showing is supposed to be a blue sky so there are bugs, but nothing that I feel can not be overcome. So keep checking back for updates.