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Revision as of 19:36, 27 April 2020

3D Scanner in the Idea Shop Prototyping Lab

About Roland LPX-600

The Roland LPX-600 is the IdeaShop's 3D scanner. The scanner will create a point cloud or mesh of any object.

General Stats:
Output File Types : LPX, STL, GSF, 3DM
Max Scanning size of 254 mm (10") in diameter and 406.4 mm (16") in height
Precision up to 0.2 mm scanning-pitch

Setting up a Scan

Make sure power is on, the power button will be lit in blue.

To set up a scan, first secure your item in the scanner using our pre-supplied putty.

Never try to scan an object whose height is 16 in (406.4 mm) or more, or that protrudes beyond the table 10 in (254 mm). The object may strike the interior of the machine, causing breakdown or damage.

Do not scan an object longer than 16 in or wider than 10 in.

An object that has a comparatively smooth surface is suitable for scanning. Fabrics and objects that have a rough surface cannot be scanned.

Scan objects with smooth surfaces

Areas where the laser beam strikes at a shallow angle cannot be scanned.

Shallow angles cannot be scanned

An object may be difficult to scan because of the type of material it is made of, or because of its color or other qualities.

When the object to be scanned has areas with cavities or voids, mounting the object at an orientation that allows the laser beam to pass through the cavities, as shown in the figure, makes scanning easier.

Examples of material types that are ok and not ok to scan

Open up Dr.PICZA3 on the IdeaShop laptop and select SCAN. Choose your preferred scanning option; both have a variety of different scanning settings but choose the one that matches the shape of the scan object

  • Rotary Scan - Used for spherical and cylindrical objects
    • Circumferential - Input the amount of rotation you want for the measurement.
    • Height - Input how tall the object is.
    • Circumferential Pitch -Input the desired distance between scan points as the object spins.
    • Height-direction Pitch - Input the desired distance between vertical scan points.
  • Plane Scan - A more general scan
    • Surfaces to Scan - Sets the number of scanning surfaces.
    • Height - Input the height of the object.
    • Width - Input the width of the object.
    • Offset Amount- Input the displacement from the center of the plane.
    • Pitch - Input the distance between scan points.

After these, you will receive an estimated measurement time and size of the file. The pitches may be adjusted to change these as needed.

Select PREVIEW to start a quick scan that will output a rough estimate of what the final scan will look like.

Adjust any settings needed after viewing the preview before selecting the SCAN button to begin scanning.

Examples of SCAN button

Examples of PREVIEW page

Examples of Settings page

After you Scan

A Completed 3D Scan

Once the initial scan is complete, Rotary Scans have the option to rescan a desired area. For this option, click SCAN and choose the RESCAN option. Once the model fits your needs, go to [FILE] - [EXPORT] and save the file as the file type you need.

Machine Proficiency

In order for an individual to advance in machine proficiency they must demonstrate ability to perform certain actions or tasks. All levels include abilities and concepts from lower levels.

This section is primarily for student workers.

Level 0

Individual has demonstrated they are capable of:

  • Place an object inside the scanner securely.
  • Change settings for a circular scan.
  • Start a scan and export to a specific file type.

Individual understands the concepts:

  • General understanding of the machine and software operation

Level 1

Individual has demonstrated they are capable of:

  • Change settings for a planar scan.
  • Do a planar scan of a small area on an existing scan and edit it.
  • Scan a very fine detailed object on the highest settings and see how the scan looks like vs the real object.

Individual understands the concepts:

  • Understand what kinds of objects are difficult to scan. (Black, shiny, caved-in)
  • Understand how precise the settings are for circular and planar scans, and how accurate the machine is for those settings.

Level 2

Individual has demonstrated they are capable of:

  • Use foot powder spray technique to scan black/shiny objects.
  • Use a method of your choice for scanning a special object.
  • Editing scanning results using 3D Editor (repolygonization, merging, smoothing feature)

Individual understands the concepts:

  • Know techniques of scanning difficult objects (Effective Sensor Area)
  • Understand how these techniques affect accuracy of the scanned part.

Scanner User Manual:


Dr. Picza User Manual:



Location of 3D Scanner in the Assembly Area