3D scanning

3D scanning is used to make accurate, representative digital models of physical objects.  This technology is used in medicine, archiving, preservation, digital creation, research, prototyping, and much more. 



3D scanning equipment includes a handheld 3D scanner and lightbox/turntable. 

See all Scholars' Lab TinkerTank equipment.


  • Access software on Library computers, including:
    • Blender
    • Maya 2022
    • MeshLab
    • Meshmixer
    • Gravity Sketch (available in the Clemons VR spaces only)
  • Download SolidWorks (UVA-affliates only)

Need help or want to learn more?

Check out our SolidWorks tutorial or find 3D datasets in Virgo. Visit the Scholars’ Lab’s Cultural Heritage Informatics Documentation for resources to get you started on photogrammetry.

More questions? The Scholars' Lab's Spatial Tech team provides training, consultations, and collaboration on the latest software, equipment, and methods, including GIS, 3D modeling, laser scanning, aerial drones, photogrammetry, virtual and augmented reality, and more. To request a project consultation, email spatial@virginia.edu.

Example Projects