Digital Archiving

3D Scanning for Digital Archiving Service

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With 3D scanning, you can create totally accurate virtual renderings and physical replicas of exhibits in your collection, as well as retaining shape data as a digital ‘backup’.

Digital archiving is a way of producing detailed geometric records of real-world objects. It’s becoming more and more popular as a way for museums and similar organisations to ‘back up’ the items in their collection and display them as digital models online.

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Almost anything can be scanned – sculptures, tools, pottery, fossils, bones and more.

Once you have your shape data, you can create virtual models of your exhibits for use in graphic layouts, video presentations, interactive digital media and more.

The 3D scan data also lends itself to creating physical replicas through 3D printing, allowing visitors to ‘touch’ items that would be too rare, valuable or fragile for them to handle otherwise.

How it Works

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  • We use our modern scanning system to capture detailed shape data on your exhibits. You can bring your items for us for scanning, or we can visit your premises if that is more convenient or secure.
  • The scanning process is relatively quick; so many items can be scanned in a single session.
  • Scanned items can be almost any size, although some reflective or absorbent materials may require extra preparation work. Our scanner also needs to be able to ‘see’ every surface of the object. We are happy to advise you on what is possible.

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  • Once scanning is complete, we can provide you with the shape data in any format you want.
  • If you wish, we can help you create 3D renderings from your data, or even assist with creating physical replicas with 3D printing and similar processes.