Museum 3D Scanning Services

Museum 3D scanning services

Museum 3D Scanning Services – 3D digitising global collections for multiple heritage conservation and research applications 

Museum 3D scanning has quickly become an important tool for museums around the world. Early adopters of this amazing technology, such as the Smithsonian Museum, the British Museum and the D’Arcy Thompson Museum, already use museum 3D scanning services to great effect. Latest 3D scanning technologies offer amazing scan resolutions and accuracy. Such systems tend to be relatively mobile and use none-contact light measurement technologies to capture virtually any three dimensional form. Hence, they are ideal for a wide variety of museum, archeological, and conservation applications.


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However, it’s important to understand that specific 3D scanning systems are typically designed for specific scanning tasks. Accordingly, some systems are specifically designed for scanning small objects, whilst others are specifically designed to capture larger objects. Additionally, there are different types of 3D scanning system technologies such as: Lidar (Tripod Laser), Handheld Laser, Laser Arm Metrology, Handheld White Light / LED, Photogrammetry and other systems. Choosing the right 3D scanning system for your particular 3D digital acquisition is essential, as it will affect the resolution accuracy of the final 3D digital model output. 


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Hence, the reason Superscan use a variety of 3D scanning systems and technologies to ensure the highest quality 3D digital capture of your particular object. Interestingly, some of the high-end systems we use can even 3D scan at micron (sub millimetre) accuracy. Therefore, choosing the right 3D scanning system is so important, so please feel free to talk to us about any project, even if you are at the very early planning stages.


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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. We understand the Smithsonian Museum are actively using 3D scanning to create ‘3D Digital Archives’ of 137 million (Wow!) objects in their various collections! Find out More!  



Our comprehensive range of museum 3D scanning services provide conservation experts with all the 3D digital services they will need. 



Superscan are able to provide museum 3D scanning services that travel to your location. Having worked closely with many conservation professionals over the years, we are experienced at 3D scanning rare and fragile artefacts and objects. We operate a zero-contact policy, minimising any risk of damage to an object we have been asked to 3D scan. Careful pre-scan planning and preparation with the respective conservator is always essential for this type of work. Hence, we always take great care and pride in our approach to each and every scanning project. 


From large to small objects – A 3D scan of a priceless 12th century hand carved ivory story tablet using a high-end metrology laser arm scanner.



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With special thanks to: Ashmolean Museum Oxford, Birmingham Museum, TFL – Transport For London Museum, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Natural History Museum London and the many other wonderful museums and conservation professionals we have worked with over the years.


Other interesting museum & cultural heritage 3D scanning specialists

Factum Arte (based in Madrid, Spain) have also played an important role in bridging new technologies for the conservation of cultural heritage and contemporary art. Like us they use various forms of high-definition 3D scanning, systems to 3D digitally record endangered sites and objects of cultural importance. 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. 

Over the years, 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.


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