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StackShot 3X Virtual Object Creation Kit

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This kit includes all of the hardware you need to create 3D virtual objects. Creating virtual objects is normally a very time consuming task, The StackShot 3X Virtual Object Kit enables you to automate the process. Included is all of the hardware required to do Stack - Rotate - Stack tasks.

What's Included:
1 x  StackShot 3X Controller
1 x  StackShot Macro Rail (Choose Length)
1 x  Cognisys Rotary Table
2 x  Locking motor cable (2m)
1 x  2A AC Adapter
1 x  Neoprene Storage bag for rotary table

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StackShot 3X - Virtual Object Kit

Virtual Object courtesy of John Abbott


StackShot Virtual Ovject Kit in use
Stack - Rotate - Stack

Virtual objects are 3D representations of an object shown on a 2D screen. This kit includes all of the hardware you will need to create one, including a StackShot 3X, a StackShot Macro Rail and a Rotary table. Once everything is set up and the subject is mounted on the top of the rotary table, the StackShot 3X is configured to rotate the subject, usually 360 degrees, stopping at each user defined rotational interval. At each stop of the rotary table the system will move the cameras focal plane through the subject capturing all of the images needed to create a focus stacked image. Once this is complete you will have a 360 degree, completely in focus view of the subject. These images can then be used to create a movie or web object that can be manipulated by the viewer to give you a 360 degree view of an object. This is often used for small product photography or cataloging artifacts or insects in collections so they can be easily shared without putting the originals in harms way. In the virtual object above the images were captured with the camera at two different heights and turned into a movie. We have a detailed how-to on creating virtual objects here.


Using images collected with the StackShot Virtual Object kit in the same manner as described above, one can also process the images with specialized software to create photogrammetry models. The image below is a screenshot from the photogrammetry program made by Agisoft called Photoscan. The output of this program is a surface file, the most common file type for this type of file is stl, but there are many others. The advantage of this type of file is that it contains all of the information required to create a 3D print of the subject. This allows for not a virtual representation but also a physical model.

Controller Highlights
  • USB port for computer control and updating firmware
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) enabled for wireless connectivity to your computer or our remote
  • Controls one or two Rotary Tables, the StackShot 3X Slider, and/or the StackShot Macro Rails
  • Capacitive touch screen full color display with haptic feedback for easy control
  • All timing parameters for motion and shutter control are completely user configurable
  • Durable extruded aluminum housing
  • Adjustable motor torque - turn down the torque to save battery life or run small stepper motors
  • LCD Power Save - perfect for nighttime photography, or just to save on battery life
  • Dedicated modes for stacking, panoramas, shoot-move-shoot, and continuous motion control
  • Configurable settle time in between captures
  • Capture multiple photos at each step (exposure bracketing or mirror lockup)
  • Preview options to examine your framing and setup
  • Optional battery power for field shooting, operates at 12-24VDC
  • User presets - Save your different setups and recall them as needed
  • Change the lighting or exposure and run your last stack or motion profile with a single button press
  • Dragon Frame compatible
  • Helicon Focus and Zerene Stacker compatible (X-axis only)
  • Compatible with existing StopShot/StackShot shutter cables or any shutter cable equipped with a 3.5 mm plug

StackShot 3X logo
photogrammetry scan of beetle

What Else Can I Do With StackShot 3X

Why purchase a Giga-pixel scanner, an automated turntable, and a panoramic head for time lapse separately when you can purchase a StackShot 3X system and use the same components to achieve all of this. StackShot 3X is a modular system with incredible flexibility. It is the next generation StackShot controller featuring 2 additional stepper motor controllers to allow complete 3 axis motion control. It is equipped with a touch screen user interface with haptic feedback making number entry quick and easy. You will also find USB and Wi-Fi on the StackShot 3X to allow control with your computer. If you are interested in the differences between this controller and the original StackShot visit our comparison page. So what applications are possible with this 3 axis controller?

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Specifications MIN NOM MAX UNITS
Input Voltage 12 12 24 Vdc
Input Current (12Vdc in) - 150 6000 mAdc
Input Current–Power-saving modes active - 50 - mAdc
Shutter Output Current Sink - - 1 Adc
Operating Temperature -20 25 70 C
-4 77 158 F

• ARM Processor
• 3.5” color TFT LCD capacitive touch screen display – great in direct sunlight!
• Dual shutter outputs, one which includes half-press/full-press functionality
• Remote trigger input
• All outputs are open drain (Can be used for Flash Trigger or Shutter Trigger)
• Simultaneous 3-axis motion control (6A DC power supply or battery required)
• USB for control and reprogramming
• Wireless connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4GHz


StackShot 3X Resources

Owner's Manual

Owner's Manual (PDF) 

Firmware Updates

StackShot 3X Firmware Updates (ZIP) StackShot 3X Firmware Release Notes (PDF)

3X Computer App

StackShot 3X App Downlaod (Mac) StackShot 3X App Downlaod (PC)

Computer App Notes

The StackShot 3X application is written in Java, and you will need to make certain you have Oracle's Java installed. The StackShot 3X Application will let you know if you need to update your version of Java. You can find the latest version here:

How To

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