Museum 3D Scanning Services

A virtual reality 3D model mirror: Click the above image to load the file (Approx 10 seconds to load). You can then: Rotate & Spin (use one finger) Zoom IN or OUT (two finger spread) or move the whole model (drag using two fingers). See more examples below!


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Museum 3D Scanning Services – Digitising Collections For Multiple Applications 

Museum 3D scanning is quickly becoming a key tool for museums around the world. Early adopters of this amazing new technology, such as the Smithsonian Museum, the British Museum and the D’Arcy Thompson Museum, already use museum 3D scanning services to great effect. Some of the very latest 3D scanners are highly mobile and use a none-contact technology. Hence, they are ideal for a wide variety of museum and conservation applications.

Superscan 3D use one of the worlds most powerful mobile 3D scanning devices. This high-end none-contact scanning system enables precise measurement and capture of 3D objects, with a resolution accuracy of up to 0.5mm. These particular systems were originally developed for aerospace applications, hence they are calibrated for consistent 3D scan accuracy.


A 3D scan (RAW Data – No Cleanup) of an Islamic copper tombak jug: Click the below image to load the file (Approx 10 seconds to load). Rotate & Spin (use one finger) Zoom IN or OUT (spread two fingers) or Move the whole model (drag using two fingers).


Below: A photograph of the actual artefact

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Over the next decade, it is anticipated that huge 3D digital libraries of rare artefacts and specimens will be created and shared over the internet. We have entered a new and exciting age of interactive conservation and research, which will undoubtedly benefit future generations.

Our comprehensive range of museum 3D scanning services provide conservation experts with the 3D tools they need. The Smithsonian Museum are apparently already using the same 3D scanning technology to create ‘3D Digital Archives’ of all 137 million objects! More.. 

Superscan3D provide museum 3D scanning services that travel to your location. Working closely with ‘Conservators’ and conservation professionals, we are used to scanning rare and fragile artefacts and objects. We operate a zero-contact policy where possible, thus minimising the risk of any damage. Careful pre-scan planning and preparation is always essential. Hence we have worked with many different clients over the years, and take great care and pride in our conservation work.


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The D’Arcy Thompson Museum 3D Scanning Success Story

The latest 3D scanning technology is now enabling the creation of so-called ‘Virtual Museums’. These continually expanding online 3D digital collections, provide 3D interactive models of artefacts, animals, artworks or anything else you’re likely to find in a museum. Although ‘Online 3D Virtual Museums’ are unlikely to replace their physical ancestors, they do open up many new possibilities in terms of in-museum public engagement and online interactive research.

The University of Dundee’s D’Arcy Thompson Museum has recently digitised a large part of its zoological collection, which has already had more than 10,000 virtual visitors from more than 25 countries accessing the digital 3D models. That’s probably more volume and variation than might have been expected in foot-traffic in the same period, and this figure is likely to grow even higher as the museum adds more and more items to its online database.

Prairie dogs, puffer fish and the skulls of elephants and rhinoceroses are just some of the exotic items to have been 3D scanned by the D’Arcy Thompson Museum, as the institute looks to become part of a 3D digital museum revolution. A combination of 3D scanning tools were used to digitise the collection, with hand-held structured light scanners used to capture larger specimens, and CT scanners used for smaller objects.


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Sub Millimetre 3D Scanning Accuracy – With No Physical Contact

Not all 3D scanning systems are the same! The particular system we use was originally developed for the aerospace industry as a precision measurement instrument. We understand that over $60M has so far been invested in its ongoing development.

Such precision technology is calibrated on-site prior to each 3D scan being performed. This is to calibrate the scanner to the local atmospheric pressure, in order to ensure accuracy of measurement during the scan. Hence our 3D scans have an assured accuracy of + or – 0.5mm.

Once we have digitally acquired an object, the 3D data can be imported into an online realtime rendering engine. This enables models to be viewed in 3D virtual reality as can be seen in the following example. 


VR Model From 3D Scan: Click the below image to load the file (Usually takes 10 seconds to load). You can then: Rotate & Spin (use one finger) + Zoom IN or OUT (spread two fingers) or move the whole model (drag using two fingers).


Museum 3D Scanning Services – Applications For Museums

Once we have created your 3D digital model from your original object, it can be used for many different applications:

  • Research & conservation
  • Online exhibitions & interaction
  • Licensing exact 3D digital copies to other museums (So they can produce a licensed copy) 
  • Public engagement
  • Making exact physical replicas of artefacts
  • Creating merchandise
  • 3D Digital Archiving Collections (in Colour)
  • Archeology recording & measurement


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Great Minds Think Alike!

Factum Arte are a company based in Madrid who have played an important role in bridging new technologies in the conservation of cultural heritage and contemporary art. Using various forms of high-definition 3D scanners, they have also been able to digitally record a number of endangered sites and objects of cultural importance. This has been done in conjunction with the Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Conservation, which seeks to promote the use of non-contact 3D scanners to record museum collections and historic monuments, especially in areas where they are at risk.

In addition to recording objects, they also use the digital data to create an exact facsimile of objects. In 2014, they completed the installation of an exact facsimile of the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, near Howard Carter’s house. The facsimile, and its proximity to the original tomb, is intended to provoke a debate about preservation. FA’s Director, Adam Lowe, said: “The tomb of Tutankhamun was built to last for eternity, and wasn’t built to be visited”.[8]

Over the years, Factum Arte have worked with institutions such as the British Museum in London, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, the Museo del Prado in Madrid, and the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt.

Superscan3D also specialise in cultural heritage conservation and fine art sculpture. We work with many well known contemporary artist and conservation professionals. We are experienced at creating technically difficult and innovative works of art, as well as producing high detail replicas for conservation applications.  


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