3D Scanning


Getting started

Read this report about the use of the NextEngine 3D scanner by Bernard K. Means, director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University. It includes the document Protocols for Three-Dimensional Digital Data Collection from Artifacts Using the NextEngine Desktop 3D Scanner, which is a concise guide to using the device.

A 3D scanner is a device that analyzes a real-world object or environment to collect data on its shape and possibly its appearance (e.g. color). The collected data can then be used to construct digital three-dimensional models. The Library has a NextEngine 3D Laser Scanner available for use in the Makerspace and a Sense 3D Scanner that may be checked out.  We strongly recommend setting up a consultation session with staff to learn how to use the equipment.