prepared by Bernard K. Means
Free software for creating and editing digital models
Free sources for digital models
3D scanners (very small selection of those available)
- Artec Eva (https://www.artec3d.com/3d-scanner/artec-eva)
- Retails at $19,800
- High resolution handheld scanner
- Einscan-S (https://www.einscan.com/einscan-s)
- Retails at $1000
- desktop scanner in normal mode
- Similar to the NextEngine but somewhat lower resolution
- Structure scanner (https://structure.io/)
- Retails at $379
- low resolution handheld scanner
- Needs Apple iOS device but has brackets to accommodate different devices
- very portable but only effective for objects ranging in size from human head to approximately 10 feet tall
- NextEngine Desktop 3D scanner (http://www.nextengine.com/)
- Retails at $3000 but “optional” software needed of $1000
- High resolution and portable scanner with moderate learning curve
- ideal for small objects ranging from 2 inches to 16 inches
3D printers (very small selection of those available)
References, News, and Guides to 3D printing, scanning and photogrammetry
- Dehue, Robert (2017) A List of 32 Affordable 3D Printers Under $500 USD. 3D Printing.com. Electronic document, https://3dprinting.com/3dprinters/40-affordable-3d-printers-on-sale-under-500-buy-now/, accessed November 7, 2017.
- French, Yvonne (2017) 3D replicas create museums where touching is encouraged. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Quarterly Newsletter, April to June. Electronic document, https://www.loc.gov/nls/about/news/quarterly-newsletter-news/april-june-2017-newsletter/#_3d, accessed July 10, 2017.
- Hugo, Kristin (2017) 3-D Printing Allows Blind People to ‘See’ Civil War Artifacts at Virginia Museum. Newsweek, published October 19, 2017. Electronic document, http://www.newsweek.com/3d-printing-blind-can-see-museum-artifacts-688008, accessed October 20, 2017.
- Jennings, Alastair (2017) 3D Printing Troubleshooting: 34 Common 3D Printing Problems. All3DP. Electronic document, https://all3dp.com/1/common-3d-printing-problems-troubleshooting-3d-printer-issues/, accessed November 13, 2017.
- Lievendag, Nick (2017a) The Beginners Guide to 3D Scanning & Photogrammetry on a Budget. 3D Scan Expert. Electronic document, https://3dscanexpert.com/beginners-guide-3d-scanning-photogrammetry/, accessed August 15, 2017.
- Lievendag, Nick (2017b) Photogrammetry Drag Race: Remake Vs. Photoscan Vs. Realitycapture Vs. Zephyr. 3D Scan Expert. Electronic document, https://3dscanexpert.com/photogrammetry-benchmarks-remake-vs-photoscan-vs-realitycapture-vs-zephyr/, accessed November 7, 2017.
- Lozova, Lana (2017) Enhancing Archaeological Research with 3D Printing. com, June 7, 2017. Electronic document, https://ultimaker.com/en/stories/49698-enhancing-archaeological-research-with-3d-printing, accessed June 7, 2017.
- McNeill, Brian (2015b) At Virginia Museum of Natural History, students help design exhibit on Virginia exploration. Electronic document published October 1, 2015, https://news.vcu.edu/article/At_Virginia_Museum_of_Natural_History_students_help_design_exhibit, accessed October 1, 2015.
- Means, Bernard K. (2013) Toward a Dynamic—and Virtual—Public Archaeology. Society for Historical Archaeology Blog. Posted June 11, 2013. Available online at: http://www.sha.org/blog/index.php/2013/06/toward-a-dynamic-and-virtual-public-archaeology/
- Means, Bernard K. (2014) Virtual Curation and Virtual Collaboration. In Blogging Archaeology, edited by Doug Rocks-Macqueen and Chris Webster, pp. 121-144. Landward Research, Ltd. In Association with Succinct Research and DIGTECH LLC. Available online at: https://www.academia.edu/8143403/Virtual_Curation_and_Virtual_Collaboration._In_Blogging_Archaeology_edited_by_Doug_Rocks-Macqueen_and_Chris_Webster_pp._121-144._Landward_Research_Ltd._In_Association_with_Succinct_Research_and_DIGTECH_LLC
- Means, Bernard K. (2017) Printing the Past: 3D Printed Artifact Replicas Aid in Research, Education. Research & Development Magazine 59 (3):20-23. Electronic version, https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/10/printing-past-3d-printed-artifact-replicas-aid-research-education, accessed October 14, 2017.
- Means, Bernard K., Ashley McCuistion, and Courtney Bowles (2013) Virtual Artifact Curation of the Historic Past and the NextEngine Desktop 3D Scanner. Technical Briefs in Historical Archaeology 7:1-12. Peer reviewed article available online at: http://www.sha.org/documents/VirtualArtifacts.pdf.
- Milsaps, Bridget Butler (2017) 3D Printing Eliminates the ‘Look, Don’t Touch’ Rule for Archaeologists, Students & Museum Visitors. 3DPrint.com. Electronic document, https://3dprint.com/179019/3d-printing-virtual-curation/, accessed June 29, 2017.
- Millsaps, Bridget Butler (2015) Visualizing & Exhibiting Anthropology: VCU Students 3D Scan, Print & Hand Paint Hundreds of Artifacts for Virginia Museum of Natural History Exhibit. Electronic document published October 16, 2015, http://3dprint.com/101074/3D-ARTIFACTS-MUSEUM-EXHIBIT/, accessed October 18, 2015.
- Selden, Jr., Robert Z., Bernard K. Means, Jon C. Lohse, Charles Koenig, and Stephen L. Black (2014) Beyond Documentation: 3D Data in Archaeology. Texas Archaeology 58 (4):20-24. Available online at: http://www.txarch.org/Publications/newsletters/index.html
Blogs of Interest
Additional references and news can be found here: https://vcuarchaeology3d.wordpress.com/research-activities-in-the-virtual-curation-laboratory-publications-presentations-or-demonstrations/