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Building a Digital Library With 3D Scans

How 3D scanning can help you build a digital library of items for design work, e-commerce, and more.

3D scanning can allow a business or individual to build a digital library of their products that can be utilized in different ways from the design stage all the way up to the sale of the final product. In this article we'll touch on three possible uses for 3D scan libraries: creating functional art libraries to speed up your design work, building an archive to reference and preserve previous projects, and displaying a 3D viewable digital inventory for your e-commerce customers.

1- Create Art Librarys To Streamline Your Design Process

Creating a digital library of 3D scanned parts can be an excellent tool for designers! In our photo example above, we've added two different combinations of socks and shoelaces to a base shoe. Swapping in and out individually scanned parts, like shoelaces and socks, can be a quick and easy way to try out a multitude of looks and designs for a single product. Scanning the parts individually allows them to be switched in and out with little to no modeling needed, saving you hours of time and letting you focus on the creative aspect of designing your product. Our example above could be broken down even further to individual components of the shoe such as the sole, side panels, logo, etc. to create a design that's as customizable as your imagination.

2- Archive And Reference Previous Work With Ease

3D scan-based digital libraries are also a great way to archive past work. These archives will never degrade over time as a physical archive would, will not take up any space, and can be used to quickly reference past projects.

In our photo example above, we demonstrate how it is easy to swap between different iterations of the same project in a 3D editor (in our case, Blender). Such models can be compared in the same editor side by side, or even further modeled upon as a base for new designs, then organized and neatly tucked away in your computer's dedicated file folder until they're needed again.

3- Make Your Products Stand Out By Showcasing Them In A New Way

Create a 3D scan library of your entire inventory and showcase them on your website for customers to view in 3D or eliminate the need for a cumbersome photo shoot and make a variety of beautiful product renders in minutes. Both are great options for showcasing your product.

Displaying your products in 3D allows customers to inspect the item from any angle, giving them a more informed image of your product before their purchase. Doing so can help ensure your customers are getting the products they want, resulting in higher customer satisfaction.

Creating digital renders instead of going through a traditional photoshoot saves you time and money! When using a 3D scan of your product in a 3D editing software such as Blender, you can quickly adjust settings such as lights, backgrounds, and item positions to create a wide variety of dynamic product renders, realistic enough to pass for photos. This process takes half the time of a traditional photo shoot and does not require you to have a photo studio, photographer, or expensive lights and camera equipment (Blender is free!).

Artists, hobbyists, and businesses of any size can take advantage of these 3D scan libraries to help them through their projects every step of the way—from the creative process to the end result! If you'd like to start a scanning project with us or have any questions on the process, please reach out via email ( or via the Contact page of our website.

Happy Scanning!

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