We’ve talked a lot about 3D printing on this blog, but we haven’t talked as much about 3D scanning. In addition to the 3D printer, we also have a 3D scanner, which can scan physical objects (historical artifacts, for example) and turn them into a digital file that you can examine from all angles on your computer. You can then take that one step further and print that digital file to make your own 3D model of the object.
University of King’s College journalism student Chris Putnam recently interviewed SIM student and Dalhousie Libraries’ employee, Michael Groenendyk, about the 3D scanning he’s done at Dalhousie and for the Nova Scotia Museum. Chris’s story in Unews.ca, along with a short video, show Michael scanning a red abalone shell. His story and video do a great job of illustrating how 3D scanning works. Chris also included a digital file of a scanned 3D object so you can interact with the finished product yourself.