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3D Laboratory

We provide methods for rapid and accurate quantification of size and shape of organisms.

From Shape to Evolution

In the 3D Lab we deal with different technologies for quantifying, analysing and visualising 3D complex phenotypes of both extant and extinct (fossils) organisms. Our focus are applications in the field of ecology, evolution and palaeontology. However, our technology can be used in a broader range of applications such as: medicine, anthropology, archaeology, geology, cultural heritage, engineering and design.

From Scan to Print

We will help you to convert your specimen or object to a 3D file that you can use for further digital analysis or to print on your own 3D printer or the 3D printer available at the Workshop of the Department of Biology.

One white 3D printed wing is shown above a stuffed real wing.
Example of 3D-printed wing of the common swift (Apus apus) obtained from a 3D-scan of a museum specimen that will be used to test evolutionary theories on aerodynamics in our Wind Tunnel. Credit: Per Henningsson

For more examples, see our 3D gallery at Sketchfab.

For access to the lab and related costs, please e-mail giuseppe [dot] bianco [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se with a short description of your intended application and a picture of what you want to scan.

User's fees (excluding VAT)

Equipment/Service Cost
Artec 3D Space Spider 100 SEK/h (including laptop)
Training / Full support 200 SEK/h (in addition to above costs)
Computer Workstation

300 SEK/day (minimum ½ day)

Photogrammetry Platform 900 SEK/day (minimum ½ day)
External (no LU) users 900 SEK/h (including full support)
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3D Gallery

Visit our gallery at Sketchfab.


Erik Svensson
Evolutionary ecology

Telephone: +46 46 222 38 1
E-mail: Erik [dot] Svensson [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Giuseppe Bianco
Research engineer
Evolutionary ecology

Telephone: +46 46 222 79 26
E-mail: Giuseppe [dot] Bianco [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Visiting address

Room E-E313
Ecology Building
Sölvegatan 37
223 62 Lund



The 3D Lab is financed by the Infrastructure Grant of the Faculty of Science and received contribution from the Sten K Johnson Foundation and Pia Ståhls Foundation.


If you use results obtained in the 3D Lab in your article, please acknowledge us:
"We acknowledge the 3D Laboratory at the Department of Biology, Lund University".