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3D lab equipment

3D Scanners

We use different surface scanners based on projected structured-light for different animal/object size and in order to achieve different levels of detail.

Illustration of a schematic 3D scanner.

Schematic 3D scanner using projected light patterns and 2 cameras. More about structured-light 3D scanners at Wikipedia.

Artec 3D Space Spider

The Artec 3D Space Spider is a handheld and (optionally) battery-powered scanner used for medium-sized objects (10—50 cm). It can be easily transported and used in the field. It provides with colour texture and features a resolution of 0.1 mm with accuracy up to 0.05 mm.

A 3D modell of a scanner. Illustration.
Photo: Courtesy of Artec 3D


The GOM ATOS I SO is an industrial optical 3D scanner mounted on a motorized mechanical harm and used in the lab for small sized objects (1-10 cm) with accuracy better than 0.005 mm.

A 3D scanner seen from in front. Photo.

For scan examples, see our 3D gallery at Sketchfab.

Computer Workstation

We have a Windows 10 Pro based Super Micro workstation for 3D image analysis equipped with two quad-core Intel Xeon Gold CPUs, 256 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce TITAN Xp GPU and 32” 4K EIZO EV3237 display.

A computer screen with logos. Illustration.

Software installed

The workstation is accessible to everyone in the Department of Biology. Get in touch with us for user’s fee or if you need software not listed above. All links above lead to the companies' websites.

Small-scale Photogrammetry Platform

We have implemented our custom photogrammetry platform to 3D-scan small (5-150 mm) specimens with a high level of details. The platform is composed by a diffuse-light photo studio with automated turntable, a custom 3-axis focus-stacking system for pinned entomological specimens and a dedicated workstation.

Turntable Photo Studio

The MODE360° Photo Composer is a professional diffuse LED light studio with a motorized turntable. Lights and turntable are controlled by the computer with a dedicated software. More info about the MODE360° Photo Composer at MODE360° website.

An instrument for taking and composing photos. Photo.

3-Axis Focus Stacking System

Our custom focus stacking system is designed for scan pinned entomological specimens (< 80 mm). A motorised 2-axis turntable rotate the specimen while a motorised macro rail moves the camera to capture depth-extended pictures. Computer-controlled motion is based on Cognisys StackShot and image acquisition use Canon camera, macro lenses and flashlights. You find more information at Cognisys StackShot's and Canon's websites.

An apparatus with many complex details like arms and cords mounted on a steel plate. Photo.

Photogrammetry Workstation

We have an 18-cores Intel i9-9980XE computer with 128GB RAM and 2 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPUs dedicated to photogrammetry with the following software licenses (all links to external websites):

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3D Gallery

Visit our gallery at Sketchfab.


Erik Svensson
Evolutionary ecology

Telephone: +46 46 222 38 19
E-mail: Erik [dot] Svensson [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Giuseppe Bianco
Research engineer
Evolutionary ecology

Telephone: +46 46 222 79 26
E-mail: Giuseppe [dot] Bianco [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Visiting address

Room E-E313
Ecology Building
Sölvegatan 37
223 62 Lund



The 3D Lab is financed by the Infrastructure Grant of the Faculty of Science and received contribution from the Sten K Johnson Foundation and Pia Ståhls Foundation.


If you use results obtained in the 3D Lab in your article, please acknowledge us:
"We acknowledge the 3D Laboratory at the Department of Biology, Lund University"


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