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3D Imaging and scanning

The UW Libraries' Digital Collections Office has made a substantial investment in equipment, software, and expertise in order to build 3D digital collections for the UW community. We are able to scan small and medium-sized objects using either photogrammetry or structured/white light scanning. If you have a collection of objects and want to share them online or especially in support of teaching, please contact us to discuss your project ideas!

In addition to imaging specimens, we offer an institutionally licensed 3D content hosting platform (controlled and paid for by the Libraries) called Sketchfab. Models available on Sketchfab are viewable on computers, phones, and tablets of all kinds and can be annotated. In addition, if you would like to embed your models in Canvas for ease of student access, that is an option as well. All models can be downloaded (if you so choose) and manipulated using third-party 3D applications, augmented reality, as well as virtual reality applications.


This is a full skull of a Cougar (species  Puma concolor concolor ) from the University of Wyoming's Vertebrate Museum Collection imaged using a Canon DSLR camera, 24mm lense, and modelled using Agisoft Metashape photogrammetry software.

Please take a look at what is available in our Sketchfab account.

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