Compact 3D Camera (3D scanner)

Client : Canadian Space Agency
Industries: Defense, Security and Aerospace

Scanner 3D (2.3 Mo)


In the context technological development work at the Canadian Space Agency in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, we had to conduct a feasibility study regarding the development of a compact and portable 3D camera for use onboard the international space station.

  • Photo: Canadian Space Agency
  • Digitization of item with the mobile sensor
  • High-precision optical positioning system


The 3D scanner was designed during the course of this study to serve as a flexible data acquisition tool for astronauts working in space. The camera is used in operations such as planning extravehicular activities and quickly inspecting parts and also serves as a position tracking device for assembly work. In space robotics, artificial vision systems installed on a robotic arm will be used to conduct 3D inspections of space station components.


To date, we have produced over 100 laser profilometers for use in tasks like timber grading, iron ore pellet granulometry, and automatic transverse road profile measurements. The technology of the 3D scanner, which is part of the new generation of easy-to-use, portable 3D sensors, makes it possible to create 3D models that can be used in a wide array of applications.

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