Make your own CNC Scannerby: Andrew Grevstad
1. Shareware version of Tormach CNC ScanCAD(TM). Download it here
Our friend Movie Matt from PicSound also helped me put together a small intro video on how it works if you’re more of a visual person. The production value is a big improvement over my HandyCAM movies. Unfortunately, Robert De Niro called in sick at the last minute, and I had to fill in for the on-screen talent. Be kind, please
We think this is a pretty cool tool and have been able to use it around the shop to make all sorts of difficult measurements. Any USB camera can be made to interface with the ScanCAD software, but choosing a high resolution scope with good quality optics can really make this a powerful device. We really like the ones we picked out for the CNC Scanner packages and would encourage you use something with similar specs if you plan to use this as an engineering tool.
Please feel free to give it a try. You won’t be able to save drawings with the shareware, but you can still make measurements. The full version requires a hardware key and will let you save and export files as dxf. If you do give it a shot, let me know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org