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3D Scanners

We use different optical scanners based on projected structured-light for different animal/object size and in order to achieve different levels of detail.

Illustration of a schematic 3D scanner.

Schematic 3D scanner using projected light patterns and 2 cameras. More about structured-light 3D scanners at Wikipedia.

Artec 3D Space Spider

The Artec 3D Space Spider is a handheld and (optionally) battery-powered scanner used for medium-sized objects (10—50 cm). It can be easily transported and used in the field. It provides with colour texture and features a resolution of 0.1 mm with accuracy up to 0.05 mm.

A 3D modell of a scanner.
Photo: Courtesy of Artec 3D


The GOM ATOS I SO is an industrial optical 3D scanner mounted on a motorized mechanical harm and used in the lab for small sized objects (1-10 cm) with accuracy better than 0.005 mm.

A 3D scanner seen from in front.

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

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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

Ecology Building
Sölvegatan 37
223 62 Lund



The 3D Lab is financed by the Infrastructure Grant of the Faculty of Science.


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"