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3D Scanning in Libraries

The Art & Architecture Library at Virginia Tech has been dabbling in 3D scanning. There is something big happening here.



Scanning in libraries situates them at the intersection of analog and digital. A physical space for people to move between the two realms. This could be expanded beyond scanning in libraries but more on that in future posts.


The 3D System Sense Scanner is an entry level handheld scanner that captures short range data to complete a polygon mesh. This, of course, helps increase efficiency in moving from the physical world to the digital world, but how could it be even better? What more seamless technologies already exist? One that has our attention is Creaform.


This technology is a serious opportunity for libraries. Everyone is doing 3D printing but who is doing 3D scanning?