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3D scanning in antiquities, fine art and contemporary art

For years, many tasks in the antiquities and art sector have remained as time-consuming manual processes, whether it is cataloguing using numbered cards, capturing multiple 2D photographs of every object, or making molds of artefacts to support future restoration.

Increasingly, the use of 3D image capture is being adopted as a new approach to enhance the way that organizations manage their assets. But 3D scanning is typically a costly undertaking,with the majority of systems suitable for such purposes carrying very high price tags.

Fuel3D technology

Fuel3D  develops cost-effective 3D scanning technologies that rapidly capture high-resolution, color 3D models of objects. The company’s market-leading handheld 3D scanner, SCANIFY, is well-suited to a range of applications relating to the management of antiquities, including:

  • Digital cataloging: Collect 3D object data as full color electronic image files for easy cataloguing, storage and access.
  • Visual exhibits: Host 3D models online to create virtual museums that can be accessed via the web.
  • Conservation and preservation: Enable accurate assessment of objects by using the scanner software’s measurement capabilities.
  • Custom packaging: Quickly capture accurate measurements of objects to create custom-fit packaging for storage or transit.

In addition, Fuel3D can develop custom 3D scanning solutions for specific or more complex scenarios, such as:

  • Custom memorabilia: For example, capturing visitor facial data in 3D to create custom pieces of memorabilia to sell in gift shops.
  • Object comparison: Conduct analytical analysis of multiple cross-sections of an object to identify similarities and differences.


  • Save time: Access better shape, geometry and texture data to help speed up cataloguing, surveying and assessment.
  • Convenience: Having a digital copy of an object makes it much more accessible, whether for internal or external purposes.
  • Non-invasive: 3D scanning an object is much less damaging than conventional mold creation, which is especially important when dealing with old or fragile objects.
  • Safe storage: Use of custom-fit packaging reduces the chance of damage to artefacts when in storage or transit.
  • Additional revenue: Customized memorabilia gives museums another potential revenue stream.

A close-up of the statue 3D wireframe clearly shows the level of detail in the model

A side-by-side comparison of a statue and the resulting 3D model

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