3D Scanning


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 3D models. The Library has a three technologies you can use:

  • The NextEngine 3D Laser Scanner is available for use in the Makerspace. It’s useful for high-resolution scans of small objects.
  • The Sense 3D Scanner is a hand-held device that may be checked out and used on your laptop.
  • Agisoft Photoscan is a software application that can combine photographs of an object taken from various perspectives to create a 3D model, in a process called structure from motion. This program is available on the scanning station in the Kenan Science Library Makerspace. See our guide on using Agisoft Photoscan.

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.