Lego Laser 3D Scanner Scans Lego Pieces to Make More Lego

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There's no limit, no limit I tell you, to the power of Lego. This is a do-it-your-self 3D laser scanner made of Lego used to scan Lego pieces to use it in a Lego 3D design software to build more Lego.

The scanner uses a NXT controller, Lego pieces and modifications to connect the laser reader to the software. The results are incredibly good. These are the scanned pieces, in the 3D CAD software LDraw:

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I love the idea of Lego scanning Lego to create Lego. You know where all this is going: It involves paradoxes, judgment day, bleeding goats and inter-dimensional portals. [Brothers Brick]

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CrispyAardvark
CrispyAardvark

If you used this to scan non-Lego objects, then add lego joints to the cad file, and 3D print the result in plastic, is that cheating at Lego?

I ask as I'm always in awe of the Lego masters who build replica's of real objects using standard blocks.

Making custom Minifig heads is one thing, but custom blocks to suit a project?