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Oceanographic Campus Library 3D Scanner

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

Scanning Process: Step 1

After placing your object on the turntable, open the EXScan S software.

Scanning Process: Step 2

You will see a pop up about the NVIDIA graphics card. Click OK.

Scanning Process: Step 3

If you are starting a new scan, select New Work.

If you are working on an existing scan, select Open Work.

Scanning Process: Step 4

When starting a new scan, navigate to the Desktop folder on the left.  

Name your scan; the software will automatically create a folder with that name on the Desktop.

If opening an existing scan, navigate to the folder on the Desktop containing your project.

Scanning Process: Step 5

Select your texture preference. A texture scan will include the object's structure and color. A non-texture scan will include the object's structure only. 

See the Scan Type page for more details.

Scanning Process: Step 6

With your object on the rotary bed, drag the Brightness slider until your object is illuminated, but not overexposed (large red spots). 

See the Brightness page for more details.

Scanning Process: Step 7

Make sure Align Mode is set to Features.

You can also increase the number of Steps taken by the turntable.  

Scanning Process: Step 8

Click on the triangle on the right side of your screen to start your scan.

Scanning Process: Step 9

After your scan is completed the software will provide you with a scan preview. 

See the Editing Scans page for directions on how to edit your scan. 

After your edits are complete you may approve the scan by clicking the checkmark or 

delete your scan by clicking the back arrow located on the bottom right side of the screen.


Scanning Process: Step 10

You may make additional scans to refine your model by adjusting the object and clicking the Continue Scan button. 

See the Scan Refinement page for more details.

Scanning Process: Step 11

Once your scans are complete, click the Optimize button (square on the right side of the screen). 

When the software finishes optimizing, click the check button to confirm the results. 

Scanning Process: Step 12

Click the Mesh button on the bottom right hand side of the screen to create your 3D object.

Select Watertight Model, unless you plan to edit your scan in a different software program later.

Select the detail level (High detail will take longer and result in a larger file)

See the Meshing page for more details.

Scanning Process: Step 13

Save your file as an .obj file to prepare for uploading to NSUWorks.

See the Saving Scans page for more details.