Heritage360 can scan objects and small structures at sub-millimetre accuracy using the latest scanning equipment from Artec.

Our scans can be used for public engagement, scientific analysis and the generation of 3D prints, and can provided in formats suitable for both print and digital publication.

3D scan of a Roman Crambeck ware 'Head Pot'. Courtesy of the York Museums Trust.

What can we scan?

Our scanners are capable of capturing objects and small structures from anywhere between 2cm and 5m in size.

The smallest artefacts we have scanned include rat bones for the UKRI funded RATTUS project (on left), which aims to chart the history of rats in Europe from late prehistoric origins to the 19th century. On the right we have of the largest items we have scanned, a door from The George Inn, York (~3m tall).

Not all materials and surfaces are suitable for scanning, but our free consultation service can quickly estabish how we can help you.

How accurate is scanning?

Our 3D scans typically capture detail at an accuracy between 0.1 and 0.2mm. With the right conditions, accuracies of 0.05mm can be achieved which is finer than the width of human hair (0.07mm)!

Where can we scan?

Scanning can be undertaken at our specialised scanning studio at the University of York if subjects are portable. Delicate or less portable objects can be scanned on-site at museums, archives and even in outdoor situations.

Why are scans useful?

3D scanning produces highly detailed digital models of objects and structures that can be used in a variety of of situations:

  • Public engagement. Providing interactive 3D scans within visitor environments can help increase engagement and understanding of objects, especially those that are small, complex or have fine surface details. 3D scans can be delivered in-gallery using ineractive touchscreens, or via visitors' own mobile devices. They can also be annotated with information to highlight points of interest or relay additional information.
  • 3D prints. Our 3D scans are ideal for generating physical 3D prints of objects that can be used for demonstration purposes, within handling collections and for the creation of souvenir/merchandising materials.
  • Scientific analsyis. The high accuracy of our 3D scans can facilitate detailed scientific analysis. With typical accuracy levels of between 0.1 and 0.2mm, our scans can support archaeological research into production techniques, use-wear and biomorphism.
  • Publication. High-resolution imagery from our scans can be provided for use in publication and presentation materials, while interactive platforms such as SketchFab can be used to deliver our scans for digital publication via websites and phone apps.