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3D scanning can be used for many things. Here are some examples what can be done. Do not hesitate to contact us and discuss your project.

Aurochs vs. Cattle – Cranium Comparison

We have a large collection preserved at the Biological Museum. We tested the performance of our scanners on different specimens; see examples in our 3D gallery at Sketchfab.

We were particularly pleased by the scans of two large cattle craniums made with the Artec Eva scanner.

A museum curator is scanning a cranium.
Maria Mostadius, museum curator, in the intend to scan an aurochs cranium.

Since the scanner is particularly accurate to produce 3D models, we were able to compare scans side by side to display differences in shape and size.

Craniums of the extinct wild cattle aurochs (Bos primigenius; bottom) and the extant species of domestic cattle (Bos taurus domesticus; top). Aurochs vs. Cattle - Cranium Comparison by 3D Lab - Department of Biology – Lund University on Sketchfab

Echinoderm larvae

The project was carried out by Atticus Pinzon Rodriguez.

Yellow wax models of echinoderm larvae.
The original wax models.

Our zoology course comprises several practical sessions, where the students study diverse groups within the animal kingdom. Among the models and specimens used, there are several items that are more than 100 years old, which makes them unique and not ideal for constant manipulation by the students.

To make more sturdy models, the wax models of echinoderm larvae were 3D scanned by a CT (computer tomograph) scanner. The produced files were corrected and converted to 3D printer friendly files. Noise, blobs and other artefacts were cut away and irregularities fixed. The cleaned models were then made hollow to produce an empty model suitable for printing.

A 3D printed model of a echinoderm larvae seen from different angles.
One of the models 3D printed.

The models were printed in a Selective Laser Sintering machine, on white nylon powder; and coated by a layer of matt finishing varnish, for protection.

See the whole collection of 3D scanned echinoderm larvae models at Sketchfab.

If you are interested in the whole procedure, read the pdf report of the project (pdf; 751 kB).

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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 and received contribution from the Sten K Johnson 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".