Ciclop uses a laser triangulation technology, where a camera is used to capture a beam of light projected onto the object to be scanned. The object is placed on a turntable so that the geometry and the structure can be captured. The scanning process is executed with Horus, a multi-platform open source program developed by BQ that allows you to perform various actions: control of communications with the scanner, capture and data synchronization, generation and display of point cloud. Ciclop is a scanner so-called DIY (do it yourself) which is assembled manually. Therefore, Horus allows the scanner to auto-calibrates, calculating automatically internal settings using the user assembled structure. The Ciclop structure consists of pieces printed in 3D, M8 threaded rods, screws M8, M3 screws, nuts and washers. The scanner is equipped with two lasers, a camera and a Logitech C270 HD methacrylate rotating platform, the scanning volume is 250 x 205 mm. One of the components is the Ciclop ZUM BT-328 card, developed by BQ and based on Arduino, which manages the firmware that controls the motor and the laser. It is connected with Zum Scan, derived from Arduino CNC Shield.
Ciclop scans the objects and produces a PLY file in an estimated time between 2 and 8 minutes, which may vary depending on the algorithm used, the speed and the step of the motor.