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3D Scanning

The Library offers free 3D scanning service to all HKUST students, faculty and staff.

Watch a quick introduction (1.5 mins)

Service location: IC Help Desk / Modeling Space on G/F

Model: EinScan-SP desktop 3D scanner

Output: ASC, STL, OBJ and PLY files

Size limits: (250mm)3  Object > (30mm)3

Weight limit: < 5kg

Surface limits: transparent, shining, reflective, dark color, fuzzy, hollow pattern and moving objects are NOT suggested


If you have any questions about this service, please contact us at

How to Scan

1. Prepare your object

Refer to the information that we mention above, ensure your object falls within those limits for getting a successful scan. See the Quick Start Guide 

2. Make an appointment

Use the booking schedule to reserve 1 session (2.5 hours) per day and up to 2 sessions per week. 3D Printing and 3D Scanning combined.

The service is available from 9:00 to 17:00, Mondays to Fridays except public holidays. At the reserved time, bring your object and a USB drive for saving your file(s). If you do not show up within 30 minutes of your appointment, the time slot will be open to other users.

3. Configure the settings and Scan

Calibration: IC Help Desk would be responsible for this step.

Texture Scan Option: Choose “Texture Scan” if you need to display the 3D output in color later. Otherwise, choose “Non-texture Scan” for monochrome display and printing. The former option may take longer time.

Brightness, alignment & mesh: In the scan process, you can adjust and take options for other configurations. See the Quick Start Guide

Notes for using the Service

  1. The 3D Scanning service should not be used to infringe copyright or intellectual property right.
  2. The Library reserves the right to refuse any scan request or cancel any booking.
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last modified 08 December 2020