In a rapidly changing technology environment it was only a matter of time that we would see some really cool things happening with 3D technology-particularly 3D scanning. University Library is embracing 3D scanning technology and finding ways to compliment the scanning initiatives that are already taking place with our cultural heritage and community partners. We recently purchased a portable Creaform GoScan scanner to begin capturing 3D artifacts.
As with any new equipment it is nice to have support from experts in the field. We are fortunate to be working with Jeff Rogers from the UITS Visualization Lab and JD Schaumberg from Online Resources, Inc. to get up to speed on scanning and processing techniques.
The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site has been most gracious to be our pilot project host where we have scanned a few items from their collection. We have scanned a few items including two Benjamin Harrison statues, a walking cane, and a jar.
So what is the value of 3D scanning and the value of preserving these files? Here is what the owning institutions have to say:
• The digital object provides a permanent point of reference for future research
• Eliminates access restrictions/travel
• Digital preservation- some physical objects may be destroyed, lost or damaged.
• Educational Resource-STEM
• Digital Humanities Projects
• Replication (3D printing)
A recent article in the Observer talks about ISIS-destroyed artifacts are now available to download and 3D print.
The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site digital collection is available for viewing. We look forward to added new artifacts as they are scanned.
Jeff Rogers from the UITS Visualization Lab demonstrates 3D scanning techniques.