100 scanners are assembled and waiting to be shipped out on Monday.
PCBs for the following 200 would be assembled during this month, so the next ( and last )... Read more
time to confirm your address
We expect to ship out a batch of 100 scanners this week.
If you have already got the upgrade, please go here https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PGGP3GP to confirm your shipping address.... Read more
found what was causing strange motor noises
found what was causing strange motor noises - appears that the driver chip wasn't properly grounded. we will fix it today. also I will cook up the address confirmation poll... Read more
Software for new scanners finished
Software for new scanners finished https://www.dropbox.com/s/tm3wku61ctih9o9/rubicon_new_08.05.2015.rar?dl=0
during the weekend I will personally test the assembled scanners to be sure everything's ok.
more and more scanners assembled.
we plan to ship in batches of 100. so probably the first batch should be out on Monday.
some more scanners assembled
In total, I believe we already have about 50 of them ready. I understand that everybody wants an exact shipping date... we are negotiating with EMS right now to understand... Read more
Started assembling today.
Tomorrow will assemble a few base boards and make sure that they work fine together.
sensors just came in
everything is going according to plan, expecting to start assembling this week.
blank PCBs ready
blank PCBs ready in China and will be shipped out today. expecting to start assembling them by the end of the week.
we have 4 boards left!
New blank boards are expected to be shipped to us on 16.03. , it did take a while longer then expected due to Chinese holidays.
But we still... Read more
blank PCBs are almost finished and would be shipped to us any other day.
we also were able to reanimate 6 old usb2 PCBs and would assemble them into scanners... Read more
just ordered the boards.
We just ordered empty PCBs from china, which will be populated here in Latvia.
Really hope the boards would be ready before their new year holidays.
a short update
a short update - right now we are in the process of mass ordering the PCBs. Currently we are negotiating parts and prices and would order them this week. The... Read more
Testing of the new board is going well, we expect to see first images from it soon. Assembly of the board went very smooth, the new design is much better,... Read more
new boards arrived!
New board prototypes just arrived at the assembling factory in Hungary. This week they will be poppulated and, hopefully, everything would work.
As you can see, now the top board... Read more
can be found here http://rubitech.org/tutorials.html
Now you can scan with both lasers and them combine both convex surfaces into one Poisson mesh.
Happy New Year guys and girl!
Scanning reflective things
Experimenting with scanning shiny/reflective objects. A thin layer of poster ( gouache ) pain improves the scan quality dramatically.
New software is here!
Both 64 and 32 bit version can he found here http://rubitech.org/tutorials.html
Average scan time about 25 min.
a scanned file to play with
Users were asking for a .rub file to play with, so here goes one.
The point cloud is raw, just cropped, while the surface was optimized and made watertight.
fast working software
I planed to release the updated fast-working software version on Monday, but since some people already received their scanners, here it goes.
Making it work even faster!
We have optimized the scanning algorithm and got it working twice faster! A single laser scan on a 32 bit version now takes just under 32 minutes. On the 64... Read more
This ships today
This ships today to Indiegogo and Kickstarter backers. And a similar amount planed for tomorrow. That would be the first batch.
batch shipps out tomorrow
The current batch is assembled and will be shipped out tomorrow.
I will be able to give a more precise timeframe about future shipments during the week.
Also we are... Read more
just got 20 pcbs
will pass them to our assembly team tomorrow. expecting to ship those scanners on Tuesday.
Update on this weeks shipping order
Dear kickstarter backers,
As mentioned in the posts below (And in the update by Robert), there is a shipment of scanners that are being scheduled to be assembled and sent... Read more
Scanning a plush dog
Today I especially picked an object with poor surface properties for scanning and it turned out pretty good.
Great news from Hungary!
First small test-batch of boards with the components from Fernell and TME.eu are working with flashing colors!
They will be shipped to me on Monday, therefor I would be able... Read more
64bit version https://www.dropbox.com/s/t4x452mej177vov/QT64_27.11.2014.rar?dl=0
While we plan to make a bigger release on Monday, i was asked to upload the current version sooner.
New "pancakes" fit great. Also ordered a bag of stiffer springs for the lasers ( that push the collimation lens forward, to keep it steady ), as the standard springs... Read more
Color vase scan to play with
Color vase scan to play with
RUB file here, 64 bit version
right now the texture disappears when you try to optimize or export the mesh. We are working... Read more
64 BIT VERSION HERE
Please download it from
New "pancakes" for everybody!
Noticed that "pancakes" ( aluminum hubs, that connect the stepper motor to the plastic disk ) that I got in December(?) became pretty much corroded and would not fit well... Read more
playing with registers
Wanted to share some information about tweaking image sensor registers.
If the picture you are getting is too dark, you can set the exposure register ( number 9 ) higher. ... Read more
First attempts with texture.
The texture is still low-res and can't be saved yet, so it more like a beta.
latest software version can be found here http://rubitech.org/tutorials.html
we have added the mesh optimization function, so now the workflow should be like this
scan -> build convex mesh -> optimize... Read more
One more nice scan.
A new large PCB order for Kick-starter.
Robert has just informed me that he has put in a large order for PCBs to be made in Hungary. 50 will be assembled solely for Kick-starter backers.... Read more
video of the scanner
Some members asked for a short video and an STL file, here it comes
SLT of the vase
An apology for delays in the campaign
Dear kick-starter backers,
I am deeply sorry for the delays and teething problems that have been experienced during this campaign. I have seen some of the comments that have been... Read more
16 scanners from the 35 pcbs are assembled. tomorrow 10 would be shipped to buyers from the site and 6 to indie/kickstarter buyers. will continue assembling and shipping out throughout... Read more
35 PCBs from Hungary arrived!
35 PCBs from Hungary arrived! So first scanners would be shipping to backers this week.
Little software update
We added a Gaussian Sigma feature that would help you get smoother scans, especially of objects with subsurface scattering and other difficult surfaces.
first attempt of merging multipe scans
Our first attempt of merging 3 scans ( general, handle and top part ) into a simple mesh and running the poisson algorithm to fuse it. I think the result... Read more
A major software update that took us about 1.5 month to build is here.
Now I will try to explain you what is it all about and why did... Read more
first 25 PCBs assembled and working!
Great news, first 25 PCBs assembled in Hungary, programmed, tested and packed would be shipped to me tomorrow. Another 25 would be assembled and shipped to me by Monday... then... Read more
positive update this time :)
PCBs have reached Hungary. They will start working on them tomorrow and expect to have the first batch of 50 units done withing next week.
We're on the right track!
Considering the PCBs, we have found a reputable factory in Hungary that will help us with the PCB. Chinese will ship them everything they have tomorrow, so hopefully by the... Read more
The PCB factory in China made five board with new components from a trusted supplier, but the boards do not work. :(
the factory will try to have the chips... Read more
got 10 pcbs, 5 of them work!
Just got 10 pcbs made from the old components, 5 of them work perfectly, so on Monday I will ship our 5 scanners, while the other 5 don't... Read more
A small update.
Factory finished fixing the boards and shipped them to me yesterday, so I would receive them by the end of this week. There were no able to program them, but... Read more
a brief update...
Wanted to let you know that the factory is working on the PCBs, as it appeared there were more issues then we thought at first. Anyway, finally they got the... Read more
1. took us a week to find & patch a bug that was making the scanner freeze on older PCs with poor USB connection. Latest version of the software can... Read more
Software and Tutorials
You can find the current release of the software and a brief tutorial here.
Scanning a Glass Vial
We tried scanning a glass vial and, of course, the scan was a mess, because laser beams went through and bounced inside the glass. Solution was simple - cover it... Read more
One more sample scan...
Wanted to pose another great sample scan of a clay jar.
We obtained a point cloud with 490.000 points, optimized them to 0.15mm, which got us 326.000 points.
Reconstructed mesh.... Read more
For those who missed the update...
Another call to those who missed the update about the ability to upgrade from the off the shelf 2mp webcam - resolution of about 1mm - to a 5mp PFGA... Read more
More fine details
Here you can see a rendering of a scan next to the photo of the vase.
As you can notice, we were able to capture very fine details, up to... Read more
First 20 scanner shipped.
First 20 scanner shipped, receivers notified.
As for the rest, we would start assembling and shipping them once we get the pcbs back from the factory, maybe by this Friday,... Read more
1. first 20 scanner ( made with the PCBs that I fixed myself ) would be shipped out this Monday.
2. factory already fixed the rest of the PCBs and... Read more
FPGA and webcam comparison + timeline
Hi guys, here goes the comparison.
With the webcam we were able to get the resolution of about 1mm, which translated into about 15.000 points for the vase scan.
With... Read more
Ladies and Gentlemen, we did it!
Our first scan and it looks pretty good. Note how well all the tiny details on the vase got captured. So far we got accuracy of about 0.15mm, yet it... Read more
First cylindrical scan!
Wanted to show you our first cylindrical scan. We are working on the software and hopefully tomorrow would be able to scan the vase.
As for the PCBs, the factory... Read more
Ladies and gentlemen - we found what was wrong with the PCBs - all EPROMs appear to be defective, as well as two smaller microchips were switched places.
In a... Read more
Software to play with.
First thing about the PCBs, the factory received them back yesterday and hopefully by the mid next week we would have the diagnosis and would know how long would it... Read more
A positive update this time.
We made a tool that would cut off the disk and fill holes with points.
Here you can see standard optimized points. There's a disk at the bottom and a... Read more
Houston, we have a problem
It appears that the manufacturers used the wrong kink of EPROM chip, that won't connect to the computer. We had send the PCBs back to them, to replace this chip.... Read more
PCBs! Lots of them! )))
Got the PCBs, now we will start programming them and, hopefully, by the end of the week would be able to show you a video of them in action.
Hi guys and girls, Wanted to give you a timeline of how everything is going.
While to top ( camera ) boards are finished, we are having a slight delay... Read more
Population of the camera pcbs finished.
Population of the camera pcbs finished. A slight delay with the bottom ones, as a few components were not available at the moment, supposedly we would get them tomorrow, so... Read more
First (almost)real scan!
While we are waiting for the PCBs to make our first real scan, we had one "slice" saved, from which we made a "scan" by rotated 800 times.
Edge detection:... Read more
First batch of bodies arrived
First batch of bodies arrived, the quality is great. Waiting for the rest of them.
Microchips were just shipped out to Netherlands, suppose they will receive them tomorrow, populate the... Read more
what we did over the past days...
over the past few days we had fully tested the firmware and fixed all issues that we initially had. such as at first it did not want to take multiple... Read more
Defishing - algorithm that detects squares on the calibration board and removed the fisheye effect from the image - is complete.
blank PCBs are ready
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Blank PCBs are ready, all 600 of them, and today would be shipped to Netherlands for soldering the components.
Video of the wing being manufactured and some timeline
Sorry to tell you that there are 300pcs defective calibrates after our QA checked the whole shipment, other parts are OK. As calibrate should be printed, there was some... Read more
PCBs go into mass production!
Ladies and Gentlemen,
PCBs go into mass production and will be ready in about 10 days.
As you might notice, we had split the power supply into two - one... Read more
Having full low-level control over the camera pays off, here is the image we just got. As you can see, the quality is pretty good. Hope we would be able... Read more
First image from the camera!
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
We just got the first image from the camera. It was a hell of a work to program the... Read more
Scanner bodies go into mass production.
Scanner bodies go into mass production. Should be ready in 10-14 days.
Firmware for the FPGA is also almost ready, PCBs expected to go into production early next week.
Pre-production samples arrived!
Pre-production samples just arrived, looks great, the surface has a nice light sand-blasted finish. We will start production in the following days.
older photo of a previous version, without the... Read more
Software for you to play with
Gentleman, you can download the beta version of our software here ( Win only this time )
there also in a .rub file that you can open and play... Read more
An early demo...
Here's an early demo that shows how the software turn a raw point cloud into a 3d mesh.
On the left you can see the result that you can... Read more
PCBs are here!
PCBs just arrived. Visually look great and fit into the body well. But note that it'll take a few days to full test them out, so be patient. ;)
Large... Read more
First body sample arrived!
Hurray! First body samples arrived and their quality is outstanding! Truly fascinating to see an object in real life that you've been seeing on your monitor for month.
Slight sandblasting... Read more
FPGA board populated!
The FPGA board is populated. Part of the soldermask is missing from the from, but it should not affect it's work and, of course, it would be fixed in production.... Read more
a small update
PCB prototype of the bottom board is finished and the top board ( the one with the FPGA and the camera ) would be populated today.
The first samples of... Read more
first parts from the molds!
The molds are finished and the manufacturers are now making first sample parts from them.
Photos of the body and other parts should be expected tomorrow and the samples should... Read more
molds being made...
everything is going fine with mold production, they should be finished by the end of this week and I would have samples on my desk by March 19~20
delay on the FPGA prototype
While the mold making for the housing is going fine, we seem to have a slight delay on the FPGA prototype. Chinese manufacturers had to finish it on Friday, as... Read more
new soft PVC disks
I wasn't fully happy with the sticky PU disks, as they are very soft, almost jelly-like, can't keep their shape well and have two states - either extra-sticky or extra-dirty.... Read more
cross-platform in the first release!
Good news for Mac and Linux users. We would be using QT to build our GUI, therefor it will be cross-platform already in the first release.
surface reconstruction algorithm finished!
This was a tough one! At first we wanted to implement an already existing library that would do surface reconstruction, but finished writing the algorithm from scratch ourselves. The result... Read more
Chinese factory designed molds for our scanner and now would proceed to make them from P20 steel.
our programmer finished coding & tweaking normal-detection and surface-reconstruction algorithms. In the first part of next week he will implement them into our GUI application and I would be able... Read more
Tooling for a box and buffers finished, here's the first sample. Of course, the scanner would be wrapped in bubble-wrap and the box would be put into a plastic bag... Read more
You would be able to use your own webcam.
Got a lot of questions regarding whether you would be able to use your own webcam.
Answer - yes, for scanning small or big object, that do not fit well... Read more
FOR THOSE WHO MISSED THE CAMPAIGN
Now you can pre-order the scanner at http://www.rubitech.org/
Q: the price here was 199 GPB, why it is 399 EUR now?
A: when we launched at kickstarter we expected it... Read more
more good news )
next PCB prototypes arrived, but don't get too excited, they aren't final. we still have time to play around and make things better while the Chinese are on holidays.
Also... Read more
lessons learned from the prototype 2
Lowered the motor and added ribs to the disk.
Went from m7 to m12 lens, as it produced better picture quality and moved the camera board deeper into the wing.
just got the prototype!
Just got the prototype from China. Seems great in general, yet has a few minor issues to be fixes, such as adding ribs to the turning disk, as it seems... Read more
prototype ready in china
pre-production prototype is ready in China, supposedly I will receive it on Friday.
600 motors just arrived ))
Also slightly bad news, fixed camera module samples would be ready only after the Chinese holidays, on Feb. 15.
Prototype ordered, will be ready in a week. Meanwhile have time to deal with some less important stuff. Like stickers...
and styrofoam packaging...
An early draft of the box design... if you have better suggestions, speak up. :)
Stepper motors have just left HongKong and would reach me in a couple of days.... Read more
Lessons learned from the prototype.
Lessons learned from the prototype... made the center console and the wing thicker. Added two more LEDs with a glass in front of them, as well as cool cooling fins.... Read more
All 600 stepper motors are ready, will be shipped to me shortly.
Got two more laser samples, selected the best and will order 1200 units tomorrow.
got line generating lenses
Just received all 1200 glass square line generating lenses, seem to work great, the line is as thin and sharp as it can be.
600 wire harnesses just came in, this are the wires that connect the camera/led module to the main pcb.
reviewed the camera...
camera takes decent quality images, the lens is great, just what we need. It has good focus depth and the user can always give it a turn, to get the... Read more
A simulated scan of a vase at full resolution of a 5mp camera.
Notice it had 936,000 points, while makerbot's digitizer has just 200k :)
PCBs and Camera photos from China
Camera samples are ready in China.
So are the new PCBs
Hope to get both of them by Friday.
600 wire harnesses and line generating lenses are waiting for the... Read more
Proud to present you our first point cloud of a mannequin.
It was made with 1 degree steps and only one laser, so it has some holes on the shoulders.... Read more
minor software update
Improved the line detection algorithm, now it not only works much faster ( about 0.1 seconds per image ), but also is visual - red line is from an image,... Read more
minor update on the body
From playing around with the software we discovered that lasers placed at a 30 degree angle produce slightly better result, then at 35, so remodeled the wing to accommodate that.... Read more
major software update! )
We have completed the most complicated part of the software development - converting laser line images into a 3d point cloud.
In this screenshots you see a point cloud reconstructed... Read more
PU disk arrived!
All 600 PU disks just arrived! They are extremely sticky, yet in a good way. They can hold any object without leaving any residue, even upside down. The disk itself... Read more
While the PCB works great controlling the motor and lasers, appears there are problems with the HUB. When designing the PCB our engineer had a 2mp camera in mind and... Read more
Received sample lasers from one of the manufacturers. Quality seems pretty good, the line they produce is <0.5 mm. Expecting samples from two more manufacturers later this week.
scanner body rendering
A quick rendering of how the scanner would look.
sample PCBs, lasers and lenses were shipped, I will get then in 3-4 days and post an update.
first pcb photos from china
First PCB photos from China, it will be shipped to me on Monday.
Who'll be the first to notice something missing on the pcb? )))
camera board design
Design of the camera board, according to which manufacturers will redraw their existing camera module pcb.
PU disk and lenses
Photo of the first stick PU disk. They will manufacture all 600 of then during next week.
To the best of my knowledge no other scanners have such disks. )... Read more
Just got the 5mp camera module, from what I can tell right now, the quality is pretty good, even in low light conditions. I'll make more photos tomorrow during daylight.
second stepper motor sample
Just received a sample stepper motor from the second manufacturer.
While it costs 2.5$ more then the first one, it's performs much better. Very smooth, without any vibrations. Will order... Read more
body design finished
We just finished designing the scanner body - that's how it will look it. Withing next 10 days we will receive samples from all component manufacturers, print out the body... Read more
minor update 2
received custom stepper motor samples from one of the suppliers. will receive samples from two more supplies next week and then choose from whom to order 600 units.
new PCB goes into production by a manufacturer in China. we expect to have first 4 examples ready next week, after testing them, manufacturers would produce the remaining 595 pcbs.... Read more
new PCB design
We redesigned the PCB, now it accommodates for the camera and LED illumination. We will build our own prototype tomorrow and, if it works fine, we would order prototypes from... Read more
received sample camera module
Just got the sample camera modules. Best news are
that the picture quality is pretty good and focus depth is excellent,
much better then Logitech's.
Bad news is that they... Read more
how the new camera would see it.
That's how the new camera would see it. Disk is 160mm in diameter, statue is 200mm high and the laser is shining at a 35 degree angle.
When we just stared this project, I considered many ways of manufacturing the scanner body and stopped on laser-cut acrylic, because it was the only method that did not involve... Read more
We got a good deal on PCB production from a company in china, but before we want to build and test another in-house prototype.