by Jamie Apr 22, 2016
Ross McGill guest speaking at the SSAT Conference

We’ve recently been talking to Ross McGill; an award-winning deputy headteacher with ‘the most influential educator blog in the UK’ Teacher Toolkit . He is responsible for improving quality of teaching and learning with a national profile as the leading contributor and organiser of online CPD within a growing community of education professionals. He is also frequently asked to speak at national conferences and is regularly asked to reflect on educational developments in various newspapers about education policy.

In the article, Ross discusses unlocking the potential of new technology in classrooms including the use of 3D-printing. Below is a short excerpt from the article:

For the past 20+ years, I have seen technology rapidly evolve in design technology classrooms. Recently, those who teach in the creative subjects will have seen this growth expand into 3D printing and scanning products, inspired from industry, starting to appear in classrooms.

The Benefits:

  1. SCANIFY offers fast capture and is able to capture a 3D model in less than 1/10th of a second. This makes it ideal for situations where an object may move or when students need to work quickly!
  2. Scans produced by SCANIFY are in the region of three times higher resolution and accuracy compared to others.
  3. Being handheld, the device can be taken anywhere and can be used for multiple, portable applications.
  4. The device uses a simple point-and-shoot capture method which is easy to use than a conventional camera. 

You can read the full article here at Teacher Toolkit – Unlocking Potential

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by Jamie Mar 31, 2016
education 3d scanning 3d printer

3D printing is already hugely popular in institutions of education due to the advancements it brings in creating detailed, complex objects. 3D scanning is a growing piece of technology which can help encourage creativity in the classroom and gives students the tools to create their own 3D print from start to finish.  3D scanners make the 3D printing process even easier, enabling the user to capture the object they want, with exact replications of textures and colours.

We’ve recently been talking to Graham Ogunleye a Digital Media Consultant in London who has been working with local schools in the area to introduce new technology to children. He says “3D scanning will assist inter departmental collaborations exploiting 3D design similar to the way the press club and video clubs are used to cover events and lessons. Key subjects such as Biology, Physics, Maths, Geography Design Technology, Drama. etc., can be radically reinterpreted. With a practical and fast turnaround on updates and additions”.  Graham has access to our scanner so we are looking forward to sharing future educational projects he works on.

Interested in 3D scanning?  Here are a few lesson ideas where our SCANIFY can be used in a learning environment, note that the instant capture of SCANIFY aids in the efficiency of these lesson ideas.

History – Capturing historical artefacts

Learning Objectives:

  • Capture and record characteristics of historical artefacts.
  • Collect visual aids to assist in revision of historical artefacts.

SCANIFY is ideal for capturing digital replicas of historical artefacts. During a trip to the Museum of Natural History in Vienna, our team was lucky enough to capture a 360 degree scan of the Venus of Galgenburg; an artefact over 30,000 years old. You can read more about that here 30,000 year-old figurine scanned and printed in 3D.

1. Select your subject of choice. Note: Choose an object that has lots of texture and colour to capture lots of detail.
2. Place the SCANIFY target near to the object and take a scan.
3. Once the scan is taken, it is possible to view the textures, layers and colour of the object in high levels of detail using SCANIFY’s software.
4. To take a 360 degree scan, you can take several shots of the object and stitch the images together. Alternatively, several SCANIFY products can be fired off at once.
5. Using the software, enlargements of the object can be made and studied first-hand.

Venus of Galgenberg
by Fuel3D
on Sketchfab

Food tech / product design – Designing chocolate moulds

Learning objective:

  • Learn how use 3D technology to create a set/batch of products that are identical in size and shape.

1. Choose the object that you wish to replicate in a chocolate mould. For example, we used a face as our subject to create tasty, personalised gifts.
2. Use your SCANIFY to take a scan of your subject using the guidelines provided in on pages 2-3.
3. Upload your scan to Studio (our software package) where the scan will be converted to an STL*** file: ready to be edited and then printed!
4. Print using a suitable heatproof plastic material and get ready to melt lots of chocolate!


(A little how to guide can be found in our Easter 2016 blog post)

Product Design – Making intricately designed Jewellery

Learning Objective:

  • Learn how to use 3D scanning to create jewellery with intricate designs.

1. Choose subject to scan into jewellery, i.e. flowers or faces.
2. View on Studio (our software package). Make necessary adjustments e.g. thickness, cropping etc.
3. Export as an STL ready to print on a material such as PLA (preferably white).
4. Paint in a colour of your choice.

3D scanner for creating custom jewelry

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by Fuel3D Jan 13, 2016

If you’re a teaching professional, there’s a good chance that you’re on the lookout for new and engaging ways to teach your students. One important aspect of this process is keeping up-to-date with new technologies that have the potential to change the way we do things, both at home and in the workplace. One such technology that’s enjoyed a lot of media coverage is 3D printing, with many high schools, colleges and higher education institutes integrating it into their teaching.

Early UK government reports suggest that the use of 3D printers in the school curriculum had a highly motivational effect on pupils with most schools reporting a greater interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. Young people are inherently interested in new technology and it’s this interest that many educators hope to leverage both as a way to attract students and as a way to keep their courses content engaging.

Another technology that is also increasing in popularity is 3D scanning. Whilst often seen as a tool for supporting 3D printing, the applications for this technology go far beyond just that. 3D manufacturing and prototyping, gaming and animation, medical (prosthesis), historical archiving, and fashion are just some of the sectors using 3D scanners daily. The adoption of 3D scanning in such markets coupled with the rise in affordable, easy-to-use 3D scanners is the likely driving force behind its growth in the education sector. Educators at all levels are utilizing this tool to support teaching in a variety of subjects.

Take a look at the ideas below which lay the foundations for some really creative lessons!

Lesson: Designer chocolate molds

This presents a great opportunity to get creative with food in technology classes, where precision and accuracy is crucial for making the grade.

Lesson difficulty: Beginner (suitable for junior and high school students)

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the basics of 3D image capture, manipulation  and editing.
  • Learn about 3D scanning, 3D printing and their applications.

Chocolate molds

Image: Chocolate faces used by creating custom face molds with SCANIFY  


1. Choose the object that you wish to replicate in a chocolate mold. In this example we used a face as our subject to create tasty, personalized products.

2. Scan the subject using SCANIFY to capture a high resolution 3D model.

3. Crop away any unwanted data using the Fuel3D Studio Crop tool

3. Export the model as an STL file, ready to be edited and printed as a mold.

4. 3D print your mold using a suitable heatproof plastic material and get ready to melt lots of chocolate!


Lesson: Making intricately designed Jewelry

Lesson difficulty: beginner to intermediate (suitable for high school students and above)

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the basics of 3D image capture, manipulation  and editing.
  • Learn about product prototyping and manufacture.
  • Learn about the entire product development cycle, from concept to finished product.
  • Learn about 3D scanning, 3D printing and their applications.

custom jewelry

Image: a piece of silver coated jewelry made by 3D scanning a feather using SCANIFY.


  1. Choose subject to scan into jewelry, i.e. flower, face or any textured item.
  2. Using SCANIFY, take a 3D scan of the subject.
  3. Manipulate (crop, rotate, align & stitch) the 3D scan using image editing software such as Fuel3D studio
  4. Export as a print-ready STL file and send to a manufacturer to be printed.

Lesson: Capturing historical artifacts

With its high levels of detail and fast speed of capture, SCANIFY’s ideal for capturing digital replicas of historical artifacts. Now fully portable, you can take your device right up to the archaeological ruins you’re studying. This device is a sure-fire way to breathe new life into your subject.

Lesson difficulty: beginner (suitable for junior school and above)

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about 3D scanning as an archiving and preservation tool.
  • Capture and record characteristics of historical artifacts.
  • Collect visual aids to assist in the revision of historical artifacts.

Stone engraving


  1. Select a carving or artifact to scan. Note: Choose an object that has lots of texture and color to capture fine details, or use the SCANIFY Press-and-scan compound to capture shiny objects
  2. Import into Fuel3D Studio and crop away any unnecessary data.
  3. Save and export.
  4. Store your file locally or upload your creation to SketchFab for others to see.

Introduce 3D scanning into your classroom

We hope the above examples have got you thinking of a few ways you can use 3D scanning in your educational courses. If you’d like to get started with SCANIFY or just want to learn a little more, please click here.

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by suthomas Sep 03, 2015

Scans taken underground at the Maison Blanche Souterraine in Northern France

Fuel3D, a developer of 3D scanning solutions, today announced that The Durand Group has successfully used the SCANIFY handheld 3D scanner to record and preserve a series of carvings and graffiti at the Maison Blanche Souterraine near Vimy  Ridge in Northern France. “Souterraine” is a French word used to describe underground caves and tunnels, which were often used during war time.

The Durand Group, a group of volunteers who investigate First World War subterranean features, first became aware of the souterraine in 2006 and agreed to help establish safe access to the site. The Group had already been recording the extensive graffiti in tunnels under the Canadian Memorial Site at Vimy, and it was judged that the quality and scale of the primarily Canadian carvings and graffiti within the tunnels also merited detailed recording and protection.

In the longer term there are no plans to preserve the system, which means that the carvings and graffiti will slowly deteriorate over time. As part of the preservation process, it was decided that 3D images should be used to capture some of the incredibly detailed carvings and graffiti present within the tunnels.

“We considered preservation using 3D scanning because, during the survey work, it was established that some attempts had been made to remove the smaller carvings by chipping them off the wall, which resulted in the destruction of half of the carving,” said Ian Jones of The Durand Group. “We decided to use the SCANIFY scanner to capture the carvings in 3D now to preserve the images for future generations, and to allow those unable to access Maison Blanche to view, in detail, the artistic work of some of the soldiers serving on the Western Front in the First World War.”

WW1 1

SCANIFY captures 3D images in an instant, taking just 0.1 seconds to take a single scan from a single viewpoint. With its bright flashes, taking images in an underground setting posed no problems. The captured scans were then edited and stitched together in the product’s Fuel3D Studio software. Along with images of the scanner being used by The Durand Group, some examples of the captured carvings can be seen in 3D on Sketchfab.  Here you will find a name carving by a Canadian soldier plus a representation of a WW1 cannon.

“This is an amazing story about how SCANIFY has been used in the preservation of historically significant artefacts, and we are delighted to have been able to play a small role in the excellent work of The Durand Group,” said Stuart Mead, CEO, Fuel3D. “SCANIFY excels in the 3D capture of such historical features and we are looking forward to hearing from other organisations involved in this kind of work as they use SCANIFY to bring a 3D element into their work.”

Wall carving 1 Wall carving

About The Durand Group
The Durand Group is a fraternal association of individuals who have voluntarily undertaken to work together to further research and investigation of military-related subterranean features including: military mining systems; tunnels; subways; dugouts and bunkers; and other underground structures. For more information, visit:

About Fuel3D
Fuel3D is a developer of advanced 3D scanning systems and solutions. Originally developed for the medical imaging sector, the Fuel3D technology has been adapted for the broader 3D market, with the goal of bringing the benefits of point-and-shoot 3D imaging to consumers, professionals and businesses. Since generating worldwide attention through a successful crowdfunding campaign which was ranked in the top 0.5% of Kickstarter campaigns in 2013 by revenue, the company has gone on to raise millions in private investment and sign retail and distribution partners across the world.

Based on technology developed by Professor Ron Daniel, Lecturer in Engineering Science at Oxford University, Fuel3D is today led by Stuart Mead, CEO, a veteran of several successful global technology ventures, and supported by an expert team of hardware and software engineers and scientists. For more information, visit

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