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How to Do 3D Scanning: Home

This is a guide for patrons who want to use 3D scanning service at the Learniing Garden of the University Library.

Contact Information

Location  : Help Desk, Learning Garden and MakerSpace, University Library
Phone      : (852) 3943 9730
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There are six academic departments in the Faculty of Engineering:

3D Scanning Service

Oracle Bone Collection

In May 1969, an alumnus, Mr. C. Y. Tang, donated his father´s collection of 56 pieces of rare oracle bones to the United College.  This is the largest collection of its kinds in Hong Kong.  For preservation reasons, the oracle bones are kept as a special collection in the CUHK Library.

As a trial project, the Library used the NextEngine 3D scanner to digitise an Oracle Bone UC No. 28.  The replicas printed by Mcor full-colour 3D printer are displayed in the Learning Garden Help Desk to enable students, staff and researchers to have a touch and feel experience for oracle bone.  We hope to create more 3d images and replicas of the bones from the Library Oracle Bones collection.

3D Scanning Service

3D scanner is a device which is able to capture real-world objects or environment and construct digital 3-dimentional models. This service equipped with NextEngine 3D Laser Scanner and Structure Sensor 3D Scanner may help students and faculty to utilize precise measurements of the physical objects and reduce the number of prototype design cycles.


Loan Service

3D Scanners are available for loan to current CUHK students, staff and faculty at the Learning Garden of the University Library.


Booking a Consultation Session

For first time users, we strongly recommend setting up a consultation session on 3D scanning with staff to learn how to use and operate the scanners.

For setting up a consultation session, please use the booking system to reserve a consultation session.


Service Hours


9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday (except public and University holidays)


Conditions of Use

  1. Accessing to the scanners is free for CUHK students, staff and faculty. The scanner must be checked out and returned to the Learning Garden Help Desk during Help Desk service hours.
  2. The Scanners may be booked for up to a maximum of 4 hours per day. If the demand for access to the scanners is not high at the time, a session may be extended.
  3. Ensuring fair access to all eligible users, the scanners are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Head, Learning Services

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Lily Ko
Learning Support, University Library,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3943-9737

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