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UNO Criss Library Creative Production Lab Policies: 3D Scanning

A complete collection of all patron-facing policies concerning the use and access to the CPL.

3D Scanning Information

3D Scanning

The CPL offers 3D scanning services to UNO students, faculty, and staff for any academic and personal purpose. Community members can make a 3D scanning request for any non-commercial purpose depending on availability and subject to priority.


For static objects between 2”x3”x2” and 8”x12”x 8” (roughly the size of a soda can up to a shoebox), patrons can leave their object for processing on our NextEngine 3D scanner. Glossy or black objects do not scan well, and we request the object be light colored with a matte finish, be coated in talcum powder, or spray painted in flat-white primer if at all possible. CPL Staff can apply talcum powder on-site or a water washable spray talc compound at request to achieve the best possible scanning results. The CPL is not responsible for damage or staining to the original object caused by the application of talcum powder after approval. Objects will be scanned in at least two orientations with results stitched together and realigned. Please allow 3 to 5 days processing time and specify if you would like STL or OBJ mesh file on completion. Appointments can be made by email, with objects dropped on in-person at the CPL.


For medium sized static objects and human busts, the CPL can use a Sense 2 scanner. This requires the availability of our GreenScreen Studio for successful lighting. 15-30 minute appointments can be made by email with mesh files available immediately as rough-quality OBJs. Patrons should bring a flash drive to retrieve their scan.


At this time the CPL cannot scan large objects or full human figures.