Renowned online 3D printing platform MyMiniFactory used Shining 3D’s EinScan-Pro 3D scanner to scan the sculptures from the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge at“Scan the World”, a large-scale public service event. This was to establish a 3D model database of such sculptures. EinScan-Pro 3D scanner aids in establishment of sculpture digital museum.


Renowned online 3D printing platform MyMiniFactory has established a large-scale public-service event called Scan the World. The purpose of the event is to share art in the form of 3D data with the whole world so that precious artworks from all corners of the world can be accessed by people in the form of downloading and 3D printing. MyMiniFactory ‘s technicians have used Shining3D’s EinScan-Pro 3D scanner to render 3D images of sculptures collected by the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge for storage and sharing.

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MyMiniFactory, which launched in 2013, is the world’s leading curated social platform for 3D printable objects. It has over 20,000 3D printable files, and a community of 200,000 users.

Scanning Process

On site, the technicians first removed the EinScan-Pro from its carrying case and then connected it to the laptop as part of pre-scanning preparation.

As the scanner may have been affected by vibrations and jolts during transportation, it was first quickly calibrated by technicians to ensure the accuracy of the scan data.

After the calibration, the technicians began to scan the sculptures using the EinScan-Pro’s handheld rapid scanning mode. Using this mode, the technicians could scan large sculptures more quickly while avoiding the damage to sculptures caused by markers.

The scanner can be used in any environment without any special requirements, even in the dim environs of the museum, the sculptures could be scanned directly.

The data obtained by the scanner was shown in real-time on the EinScan-Pro software on the computer. This allowed technicians to monitor the scanning process and the quality of the scanned data.

The scanning of a single sculpture was completed in mere ten minutes.

The students of the Faculty of Classics also tried using the EinScan-Pro scanner to scan the sculptures. The students marveled at how simple it was to use the EinScan-Pro, despite the fact that they had not yet been trained in 3D scanning, they could obtain 3D data with easy scanning.

Apart from University of Cambridge, Shining3D’s EinScan-Pro is also being used by MyMiniFactory in its Scan the World event with museums, art institutions, and elite schools all over the world. Up to date, over 4,600 artworks have already been scanned, and the scanned data have already been stored and made available to the public for downloading and exporting for 3D printing.