3D Scanning in 
Research and Science

Whether in the classroom, museum, or out in the field, 3D scanners and 3D scanning software are used by science and education professionals all over the world to discover, preserve, and explore historical artifacts, reconstruct crime scenes, study extinct animal species or entire civilizations, and more.

Learn how portable 3D scanning solutions are used to collect extremely accurate and high-quality 3D scan data in these industries.

Explore some common applications



Eventually all historical artifacts go bad if they are not preserved. 3D scanning now makes it possible to preserve artifacts in ways that are not as susceptible to corruption and not affected by natural decay. 3D scanners can capture the object and digitize it. This means that an exact replica can be recreated into a 3D model for people to enjoy in the future.


3D Scanning will capture sufficient and precise 3D data from different directions, which contributes to the restoration of culture relics that may have been accidentally damaged. Experts can then virtually restore the heritages through 3D software.


3D scanning can be used as an innovative and efficient approach to creating customized products for research and education. In marine biology, 3D scanners are used by professionals to create custom fitting tags for a marine animals for tracking purposes.

Popular 3D scanners used by 
specialists in the industry




Artec Leo

Our fastest professional handheld 3D scanner. Encompassing the latest technologies in data capture, transfer, and processing, this untethered 3D solution puts you in control with the freedom to scan anywhere.

Artec Eva

Make accurate models fast with Artec’s bestselling white-light 3D scanner. Great for capturing all kinds of medium-sized objects such as a motorcycle exhaust system, the human body, or furniture.

Artec Space Spider

Perfect for capturing small objects with intricate details, such as a cylinder head, coins, or a human ear. The data quality and ease of use of this high-precision, portable metrological 3D scanning solution excels on the small stuff.

Artec Ray

A long-range laser scanner for capturing large objects, such as airplanes, wind turbines, rooms, or buildings with high precision and minimum noise. Each scan has a spherical range of up to 110 Meters radius.

Scantech SIMSCAN

Hand-sized, portable 3D scanner. Ideal for scanning narrow spaced or under large objects.

Scantech KSCAN-Magic

Uses infrared laser and blue laser technology with five standard working modes to deliver unparalleled scanning speed, accuracy, detail, scanning area, and depth of field.

Scantech Trackscan-P42

This system uses intelligent optical tracking measurement technology and high-quality optical equipment to carry out ultra-high precision dynamic 3D measurement without markers.