The Replicator

The prophetic power of the star trek series continues as technology has advanced to the stage where we scan can objects into memory and then 3-D print their exact replicas. This challenger project will allows students to develop their own futuristic replicator based on freely available technology and software.


The challenge is to scan an object into to memory so that it can be replicated using a 3-D printer. The favoured approach is to build a 3-D scanning architecture based on a rotary motor stage and line laser to assess the profile of objects and record them into a point cloud file for 3-D printing.