Yale staff trained to use ShapeGrabber 3D scanner at YDC2 Imaging Lab

June 3, 2013

On April 11, 2013, staff from YDC2, the Peabody Museum of Natural History, the Yale Center for British Art, the Yale Art Gallery and the department of Computer Science attended training on the ShapeGrabber 3D scanner housed at the YDC2 Imaging Lab.

The ShapeGrabber PRM330 is a device capable of generating a 3D digital scan as their output and rendering of precise numerical representation of the surface topography of an object.  This scanner was selected for the Imaging Lab because of its portability allowing the digital imaging specialist to image the candidate object in situ. This scanner can be used to capture 3D representations of broad range items including natural history specimens, art, and ethnographic artifacts.

The training covered: basic parts of the scanner; how to assemble the scanner; how to calibrate the scanner and the importance of calibration; and how to scan an object.

With this scanner, the YDC2 Imaging Lab now offers the Yale cultural heritage community a way to create detailed 3-D renderings of objects in situ for digital analysis and study.