Gallery of Applications


This German site shows how scans of people can be used for producing oversized sports and music heros, sexy models, portrait busts and trophies in glass.

Sculptor Andrew Werby uses 3D scans of natural objects as the basis for his "Juxtamorphic" pieces, built using computer-controlled carving machines or 3D printers.

How NeoMetrix Tecnologies helped a customer design a line of containers resembling over- sized seashells

Eyetronics Studios shows the steps that went into creating their "Vanessa" pin-up character sculpture derived from scan data

How a concrete company evolved from making molds by hand to a much easier and more accurate method involving 3D scanning and carving in foam

Movies and Animation

How Weta Digital teamed up with Applied Research Associates of New Zealand to capture data from scale-model monsters for use in the "Lord of the Rings" saga

NeoMetrix used a MetraScan 3D scanner from Creaform to capture an animatronic dolphin for the 3D feature film "Dolphin Tale"

Historical Preservation

How Creaform'shandheld scanners succeeded at creating useful scans of Buddhist cave art in situ, after other systems had failed

Founded by Ben Kacyra, inventor of the Cyrax large-scale scanner (now produced by Leica Geosystems) this non-profit organization uses 3D scanning to document sites of historical and cultural interest worldwide, such as Angkor Wat, Tikal and Mt. Rushmore

How Baltimore Maryland, working with Direct Dimensions generated a digital copy of the Druid Hill Park Arch in a single day

Using a Breuckmann scanner, Accurex produces a scan of the Sphinx of Hatshepsut, Egypt's queen from 1479 to 1425 BC

Scansite used 3D scanning and foam carving to help the Borghese Gallery in Rome make accurate replicas of Pietro and Gian Lorenzo Bernini's highly detailed sculptures in New York's Metropolitan museum

How 3D scanning allowed scholars to determine which Matisse sculptures were cast simultaneously, or copied and cast later


At the University of Texas, scientists can now make 3D prints for study of objects captured through X-rey CT scans, as well as more conventional scanners The Digimorph (Digital Morphology) project there has started an ambitious archive of information on living and extinct species, with STL files of some scans.

Five researchers explain how they've used 3D "structured light" scanning to produce a library of comparative faunal skeleton material

Technicians at Laser Design, using a Faro arm with a laser head, helped scientists create a detailed scan of a 3 million year old horse skull from the Hagerman Fossil Beds in Idaho

Reverse Engineering

How Creaform's handheld scanners allowed engineers to recreate new parts from an old model of airplane, so it could be relaunched in a newly redesigned version

On Deelip.com, Tom Charron of Rapidform explains the difference between NURBS surfacing of scans and true reverse engineering for parametric part reconstruction from 3D scans.

This video from Roland DGA explains how to reverse- engineer a part using the LPX-600DS scanner and the Pixform Pro software bundled with it.

How Neometrix Technology helped the US Army produce a new door for the famous Blackhawk helicopter, for which no CAD drawings exist

How Nvision and its laser scanners allowed a seating design company bring its old models into a new era


How Creaform's scanner helped a New Zealand auto company develop production molds for a new "Supercar" from physical models

How NeoMetrix Technology helped nuclear plant engineers compare a a nozzle that had experienced a loss of volume due to hot water jetting to an new unit


Ohio WillowWood uses 3D scanners to capture stump geometry as well as healthy limbs, to create matching prostheses with a high comfort level

At the Walter Reed US Army Medical Center , doctors use CT and MRI 3D scan data and Sensable Technology's Freeform modeling system to create perfectly fitting implants for severe skull injuries.

How Direct Dimensions and their 3D scanning service helped surgeons reconstruct the nose of a wounded soldier

Konica Minolta explains how their scanners are helpful in various medical applications, such as orthodontics

3DScanCo developed a way to scan the internal features and external features of the human trachea, and combined it with a facial scan to create a very accurate physical airway replica for medical training purposes.

How 3D scanning was used to validate the efficacy of soft shell helmet therapy for infants with deformed heads


Belgium-based Digicave uses 3d content in various ways, like this model who can be zoomed and revolved with your mouse buttons in real time

At Cornell University, professor Susan Ashdown is using body scanners to make feasible the production of individually fitted garments, and bring consumers into the design process. http://www.bodyscan.human.cornell.edu/current7.html The Bodyscanner has numerous applications, including allowing people, once scanned, to "try on" a garment before it's produced