Structured Light Scanning

Structured light scanners project geometric patterns of light onto objects and use the distortion in the reflected patterns to infer the geometry of the object being scanned. With an accuracy of fractions of a millimeter, structured light scanners are excellent options where extreme measurement accuracy of smaller objects is required. Models created from structured light scans allow objects to be studied and measured virtually as well as be reproduced with CNC or 3D printing technologies.

Structured light scan of deer skull for Paleontology by southwest scanning, New Mexico.


  • Archaeology and Paleontology: With near photographic visual qualities objects such as bones, pottery, stone tools etc can be virtually studied or reproduced for study in the classroom.
  • Packaging: Delicate objects (including archaeological finds) can be scanned and their exact negative shape can then be machined into archival foam for storage, transportation or display.
  • Digital documentation of museum collections: Digital models can be hosted on websites allowing visitors and researchers the ability to see and study objects that may not be physically available to them.
  • Reproduction: With their extremely high resolution, structured light scanners are perfect for scanning smaller objects that have unusual geometry, whether they are automotive, machine or furniture parts. The resulting digital models can then be brought into the CNC routing or 3D printing worlds to be recreated physically.

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