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How to Do 3D Scanning: NextEngine 3D Scanner

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

Scanner Information

The NextEngine 3D Scanner is suitable for capturing stationary objects with high resolution.

The NextEngine 3D Scanner is connected to Multimedia Workstation 4 at the Learning Garden.   The scanner and following additional components can be borrowed from the Learning Garden Help Desk.

Autodrive - Turntable for wide and extended scans of objects.

Multidrive - Two-axis turntable for close-up and micro scan of objects with a maximum size of 4”(W) x 5”(H) and 4”(D) and weight of 2 pounds (0.9 kg).

Stand - Elevates objects to place them in the optimal scanning position.


Technical specifications:

Object size

No preset limit. Objects larger than field can be assembled with supplied software.

A complete object model is made by combining shots of each facet, each captured from different points of view of your object. Each shot captures an area of your object equal to the field of view.

Field size

Micro mode: 5.1" x 3.8" or 12.95cm x 9.65cm

Wide mode: 13.5" x 10.1" or 34.29cm x 25.65cm


Marco mode: 400 DPI

Wide mode: 150 DPI

Dimensional Accuracy

Macro mode: ±0.005"(or 0.1mm)

Wide mode : ±0.015" (or 0.4mm)

Scanning time The scanning is a time consuming process, which may take about 30 minutes to several hours depending on the number of scans taken to build the finished model. Each captured view takes about two minutes. A typical object can be fully captured in as little as 12 views.

Photo Gallery

Contact Information

Location  : Learning Garden Help Desk, University Library
Phone      : (852) 3943 9730
Email        :
Consultation and Service Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Public and University holidays

How To Use

Scanning with a NextEngine 3D Scanner Part 1 - by David Stringham (2013-05)

Scanning with a NextEngine 3D Scanner Part 2 - by David Stringham (2013-05)