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Oceanographic Campus Library 3D Scanner

A guide to the use and best practices of the OCL's 3D scanner.

Adding 3D Models to NSUWorks

If you are submitting 3D models to NSUWorks, please follow these instructions.

  1. Mesh your scan on High detail, simplification ratio 100.
  2. Save a copy of this scan as a .obj. Add _Raw to the file name (e.g. "fishskull_Raw")
  3. Reopen your project file.  
  4. Mesh your scan on Medium detail.  We suggest setting the simplification ratio to 50 but this may differ per scan.
  5. Save a copy of this scan as a .obj.  Add _50 to the file name (e.g. "fishskull_50")
  6. Find your Medium detail scan.  Right click the file and select "7-Zip" > "Add to archive..."

  7. Set  "Compression Method" to LZMA2, "Compression Level" to Maximum, and click "OK" to create a "_50.7z" archive.

  8. Check the size of the file.  If the file is over 35 MB in size, return to Step 3 and Mesh your scan at a lower simplification ratio.  Repeat steps 5-8 until you get a file under 35 MB in size.
  9. Create a profile on SketchfabPlease note: recommended browsers are Chrome and Firefox.  Do NOT use Internet Explorer with Sketchfab (you will get an error message when uploading).
  10. Click the "Upload" button on the upper-right of the window.

  11. Drag & Drop or Browse to upload your "_50.7z" archive to Sketchfab and press "Continue".

  12. Give your model a good, descriptive name.  Give it a basic description. After the description, add the following sentence:

    FOR DAVE KERSTETTER CLASSES:  For full resolution downloads of this scan, please visit

FOR AMY HIRONS CLASSES: For full resolution downloads of this scan, please visit

  1. Press "Continue" once the screen says Transfer Complete.
  2. Click "3D Settings" on the right of the screen.

  3. Click the "Background" tab on the left and change the background color to black (#000000).

  4. Click the "Lighting" button.

  5. Turn "Environment" OFF.

  6. Turn "Lights" ON and click "Load Lighting Preset".

  7. Select the "Default" lighting preset.

  8. Click "Save Settings" on the top right of the screen.  Then click "Publish".

  9. Click "Got It! See My Model".

  10. View your file and make sure it has uploaded properly.
  11. FOR DAVE KERSTETTER CLASSES: Open the Kerstetter Fisheries and Avian Ecology 3D Scans collection. 

FOR AMY HIRONS CLASSES: Open the Hirons Field Techniques collection.

  1. Click "Submit Research".

  2. Read the submission agreement, check the box, and click Continue.

  3. Fill out the NSUWorks page as needed for your collection. 
  4. Go to the original URL: from Sketchfab.
  5. Click Share

  1. Click "Get embed code"
  2. Copy the full URL after src = 
  3. Paste the link into the Streaming Media box and Select media format:  Other Rich Media.
  4. Select "Upload file from your computer".  Upload the "_Raw" file from your computer to NSUWorks. 

  5. Click Submit.  Please note that these files are very large and can take up to an hour for NSUWorks to process.  Please only click Submit once.