PrintLab's 3D Scan of the Week 1 – Sea Shell

By acquiring a 3D scan of the sea shell, we open up a wide range of opportunities allowing you to unleash your creativity

We’ve recently teamed up with Shining3D to bring 3D scanning to schools around the world, and today we’re excited to announce a new weekly feature from PrintLab – Scan of the week. Each week we’ll be uploading a new 3D scan that will be available to download completely free!

Our first 3D scan is a sea shell, scanned by the EinScan-S 3D scanner, which uses innovative structured light technology to create amazingly accurate scans in just a few minutes.

The 3D Scanning Process

We placed the sea shell onto the EinScan-S turntable, selected a brightness setting and clicked “start scan”. In as little as 3 minutes, the first scan was created. In order to gather more scan data, we placed the shell at a different angle and started a second scan. After another 3 minutes our second scan was finished and EinScan’s software automatically stitched the 2 scans together.

The final step was to “mesh” the scan, which resulted in a fully watertight, 3D printable STL file. Not bad for less than 10 minutes work!

What can be done with this 3D scan?

By acquiring a 3D scan of the sea shell, we open up a wide range of opportunities. Whether you want to recreate the shell in a different material, use it for animation or edit the model; all this can be done with 3D scanning.

We decided to edit the shell scan to create an organic candle holder, here is a render of our creation.

We also 3D printed our design, and here is the outcome:

Manipulating the 3D scan was quite an easy process and done using the free software Meshmixer. We scaled the 3D model up and put a flat edge on the bottom so our candle holder would stand up. Then we cut a hole in the main body of the shell, where our candle would sit neatly. 

You can also download the model for free from our Sketchfab page here:

If you want to learn more about the EinScan-S,click here. Or if you’re interested in learning the skills to edit 3D meshes, check out this online course by HoneyPoint3D –

**Please note that 3D print was produced in PLA, which is not a safe material to use near flames. It was created as a decorative prototype therefore if your recreate this model, be sure to check the technical data of the material you choose**

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