3D Copypod, the 3D scanner for making digital copies of humans

Inspired by Hoberman's extensible sphere, a Chinese company has created a 3D scanner capable of producing high-resolution 3D models

Looking like a sort of spaceship, it's actually a 3D scanner capable of making detailed digital copies of people and objects both large and very small. We're talking about the 3D Copypod, a revolutionary device developed by a Chinese company.

A glance inside and you'll immediately understand the basic principle used by People's Industrial Design Office, the Beijing-based company credited with designing the scanner, to build the 3D Copypod. The device, one of a kind, traces the Hoberman Sphere, a kind of dome that can change size thanks to the many scissor-like joints on which it rests. The 3D scanner of the Chinese company, in fact, if necessary is able to expand or shrink. Inside the sphere are a hundred or so DSLR cameras, whose job it is to capture every possible angle of the object (including people) to be scanned.


People's Industrial Design Office has also paid close attention to the lighting system, a key element in ensuring that the copying process reaches an optimal level. The panels that make up the sphere are, in fact, illuminated directly from within, so as to eliminate shadows. The 3D scanner consists of 6 interconnected circles through scissor joints, a technique that allows the 3D Copypod to open and close with ease.

Possible uses

As mentioned, the function of the scanner is to make detailed copies of people and objects. This is a difficult task to achieve and requires the use of many tools. The 3D Copypod, on the other hand, encompasses all the technology needed to make accurate scans. Thanks to its flexible structure, depending on the size of the objects or people, the cameras can move closer to the lens and record even the smallest details. Copies can then be used in 3D printing, which will rely on high-resolution digital models.

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