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Scan The World



Project start date - 28th June 2014
Sculptures archived - 3,000
Printing hours - 20,000


Being such a cheap means of producing accurate representations of artifacts, Scan the World offers to break down the walls of the art institution to allow the visually impaired to engage with culture. Traditionally the museum will enforce the rule of ‘don’t touch the artwork’ which means it is very difficult for the visually impaired to get anything from the museum.

For someone living in Australia wanting to explore the collection of the Rodin Museum but cannot afford to travel. The virtual archive allows people to ‘visit’ a museum’s collection, print and engage with it; similarly for someone who has visited a particular museum they can create their own ‘postcard’ of their visit.

For someone who wants to preserve their culture digitally, with the accessibility of cost-effective new technologies it’s possible for anyone to scan and share their culture with the world


Many schools are starting to think about how 3D technologies can be useful for their students. There is added pressure to encourage students to learn new digital technologies. On one side, Scan the World gives the ability to teach about the technology, from generating a digital representation of a scene or object (photography and photogrammetry software), to the manipulation of it (zBrush/modelling software) and the output of 3D printing.

Additionally it teaches students about the artworks; it’s important to be present with the piece and focus on it as you sketch it, it’s better to see it in 3D as opposed to 2D (limiting) as it’s easier to understand what the artist is trying to portray, physically moving it to sudy the transitions of space, angles and light.

Cultural Heritage

Cultural heritage is crucial to how we see ourselves as people. It reflects our long historical legacy as human beings and gives people a sense of identity and a shared past. It comes in many forms, whether that be in a particular belief, object, ritual or tradition. To lose one’s cultural heritage is to lose one’s identity. This loss has become increasingly apparent in recent times with natural disasters and human conflicts. It is Scan the World’s intention, simply, to help preserve endangered cultural heritage digitally with the aid of new technologies adn 3D printing, approaching this issue on a fundamentally humanist approach to protect global cultural heritage, not to share business cards or create an artist manifesto.


From scanathons and meetups to seminars and lectures, Scan the World stands as a means of informing people about 3D scanning, 3D printing with a focus on cultural heritage and encouraging them to try it out for themselves! Instead of taking one picture for your Flickr, why not take 50 and create a digital postcard of it!

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