Test / review: scan 3D Ciclop DIY + discount code

test-Avis-appreciation-critique-review-1After playing with a 3D printer, place in the 3D scanner! And in particular, then the Ciclop DIY 3D scanner. ciclop 3d scan

Why the Ciclop?

Well good for different reasons:

  • It is among the cheapest of the 3D scanners
  • It's DIY, Do It Yourself, i.e. self-Assembly
  • It is open-source


Things to know before buying the Ciclop

This is not directly a .stl at the end of the scan file, but a .ply file which is composed of point cloud. And this .ply file is to be converted to .stl, this requires treatment work. In addition, according to some feedback that can be found on the net, the rendering of the detail is quite poor.  

But why buy it / him choose it over another?

Because according to my research, other competitors are apparently also rendered as poor while they cost 3-5 x more expensive! Then take the cheaper! Of in passing, be careful, I noticed that one of the well known competitors and is 3 times more expensive that the Ciclop agrees to work with only one model of processor! What makes that if your computer doesn't have this model of processor in particular (and of course, there are no easily this info!), your scanner is more used to nothing… So personally, I don't trust not renderings that the feedbacks that I have seen, they are too few. You should know that this rendering depends on a lot of settings, brightness and the scanned part! Basically, it's like a printer 3D, according to the settings, you can have a beautiful piece, a middle part or a pile of melted wire! In addition to rendering, there is the fact that it is open source. That is much easier to change anything on the device, that another model or nothing does filter parts, method, etc… With the democratization of 3D printers, it would be interesting to also see the democratization of 3D scanners, however this is not yet the case. The democratization of 3D printers succeeded thanks to the work of Joseph Prusa who also made open source his work on 3D printer and also thanks to its community. I personally have a few ideas in mind to improve the Ciclop once I get the minimum control, I still know nothing about what will make my change, or if they are going to make something, but I want to try! And who knows, if ever my improvements that there will be brought to inspire others and so on,… maybe see us the day of performing 3D scanners at low prices? In addition, who currently have a 3D printer, it easier me to create new pieces to improve the Ciclop.   But above all, I will first test the basic version of the 3D Ciclop scanner!  


  • Scanner type: individual/Office
  • Technology: Laser Triangulation
  • Dimension (mm): 450 x 330 x 230mm
  • Maximum size of modeling (mm): 250 x 205mm
  • Modeling (mm) minimum size: 50 mm
  • Weight (kg): 2.25 kg
  • Accuracy (mm): 0.50
  • Export format: ply
  • Software: Horus
  • Connectivity: USB Cable
  • System compatibility: Windows, Linux, Mac
  • Power supply: 12 V 1.5 A


The test

First thing to know is that the original model is the BQ Ciclop, but because it is open source, anyone can copy it. The tested model is a clone. This not is not because it is a Chinese clone, it will work, less well know this. Second thing, it is that I have manual with the 3D scanner, so it took me searching the Internet, and I have to admit that good documentation that shows on the net is a bit scattered (with a lot of dead link) and we lose very easily in BQ, Horus, Ciclop Tre… For summary: BQ is the brand that has designed the model of scanner named Ciclop. Horus is the name for 2 things: it is the firmware for the electronic card but also the name of the program used to use and adjust the 3D scanner!   Then, unlike a 3D printer, this 3D scanner is very easy to assemble, I would say that within an hour, it's already ready! https://www.YouTube.com/watch?v=VYQuiM_4nls here is the link to the Manual: possibility to have the details (in English) on Instructables: http://www.instructables.com/id/Ciclop-3D-Scanner-BQ-Horus/ to download the program allowing to use the scanner: http://storage.googleapis.com/bq-horus/releases/Horus_0.1.2.4.exe the use of the Horus program guide: Horus V.0.1.2 – Horus_Guide_d usage guide'utilisation_0 – 1475833279.1 given that the news are dispersed in short everywhere, this is an issue that allows you to understand and improve your scans: https://storage.googleapis.com/bqcom15.statics.bq.com/prod/resources/manual/Guide_pour_une_nume%CC%81risation_optimale-1475833389.pdf area Download for more or less all the info you need: https://www.bq.com/en/support/ciclop/support-sheet there is a section of the BQ site which is dedicated to the Ciclop DIWO part, except that all the links are dead on this side here… In practice, what is that? Well I'm glad to have first mounted a 3D printer, and then only a 3D scanner! Editing a 3D printer is more complicated than mount a 3D scanner, but a 3D printer software is much easier to control a good scanning! Some tests hot: a2017-11-13_13h36_25f2017-11-13_13h42_05t2017-11-14_21h28_10er much testing, this is much better! 2017-11-17_20h37_20  


The experience is very interesting and worth a visit! The building goes without worries, and calibration, but the scan requires a lot of settings to get a good settings, settings that will be necessary to change at each scan according to the brightness, the room, etc… I will try to get the best possible rendering with the Ciclop without changing it and then I will try to make improvements where possible. Link: https://www.gearbest.com/3d-printers-3d-printer-kits/pp_426876.html?lkid=11304296 and enjoy the promotion of the moment with coupon code: OctAllezciclop test-Avis-appreciation-critique-review-2

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