3D Scanners

LulzBot Brings Open Source 3D Scanning to the US with BQ Deal

Aleph Objects, which is rapidly becoming one of the leading reprap-based and customer friendly 3D printer manufacturer in the US, is now expanding its product offer beyond LulzBot 3D printers to 3D scanners, by adding the Ciclop desktop 3D scanner kit by BQ to its line up.

BQ, makers of the the Witbox 3D printer has embraced and open source business models for some of its products (inlcuding a Prusa 3D printer kit) and in this sense the company probably found an ideal partner in Aleph Objects.


The Ciclop is a developer-friendly, product for expert users because it requires assembly and the use of complex software. It is capable of 3D scanning objects almost as large as a volleyball (which has a typical scanning time of 2-8 minutes), and can achieve .5mm resolution utilizing 2 Class 1 line lasers and a Logitech C270 HD Camera.

“After years of searching, we are proud to offer a developer-friendly, Free Software, Libre Innovation, and Open Source Hardware desktop 3D scanner on LulzBot.com,” noted Harris Kenny, marketing manager at Aleph Objects, “The Ciclop expands what’s possible through the LulzBot platform, and we look forward to working with the community to advance 3D scanning together.”


In order to incentivate open source development of this new product, and to make it more accessible for everyone like it did with its 3D printers, Aleph Objects is giving away two Ciclop 3D scanners. Anyone interested can enter for a chance to win a Ciclop by posting on the LulzBot Forum. Another is being given away in partnership with Reddit’s 3D scanning community, on this thread here.

The company also donated three Ciclop scanners at Flock, the Fedora Contributor Conference. Fedora is one of the leading GNU/Linux projects committed to advancing free and open source software, and offers support for Cura LulzBot Edition. With this new addition Aleph Objects continues in its mission to become the largest open source hardware company. Today it’s a Ciclops 3D scanner, tomorrow we can’t wait to see what will be next.scannerinbox