Scan the World and Artec 3D team up to digitize art collections

Since 2014, the Scan the World community project has been on a mission to make 3D printable art accessible to people around the world. Hosted on the Google Arts & Culture platform, it provides access to artifacts from around the world, making culture more accessible. Recently, Scan the World signed a partnership with the manufacturer of 3D scanners and software, Artec 3D. The project will now use the Artec Eva handheld scanner to more easily and quickly digitize sculptures, paintings and other key works of art that are part of World Heritage. They will start with a collection from the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Hamburg, Germany.

Access to culture and historical heritage is unfortunately not a reality for everyone and many are deprived of this experience. 3D technologies can alleviate this problem in some cases by digitizing works of art. Thus, culture no longer has borders and anyone can have access to paintings, sculptures and other artifacts wherever you are in the world. This has been especially crucial during the pandemic, as many have been unable to visit museums even in their own countries, let alone travel. Indeed, Elisa D’Antona, deputy director of Scan the World, reflected, “In a world halted by a global pandemic, we have been made aware of the importance of open digital collections.”

The objective of Scan the World is to provide access to online art collections (photo credits: Jed Niezgoda /

This is Scan the World’s promise: to open up culture by offering open source digital collections. By partnering with Artec 3D, the project is taking a step forward as it will be able to scan all kinds of art objects more easily. It will also rely on Artec Studio 16 software, which allows very realistic colors with very fine details. Jonathan Beck, Founder and Director of Scan the World, added: “Scan the World is thrilled to embark on this partnership with Artec 3D to share 3D printable heritage with the world. Combining Scan the World’s strong community, storytelling and object archiving with Artec 3D’s state-of-the-art hardware, this is a very exciting time for the future of high-quality 3D scanned artifacts.

The Artec Eva portable 3D scanner is a professional solution capable of scanning all types of objects and surfaces (glossy or black). Its high definition mode allows reconstruction almost twice as fast, without forgetting the details and the precision. It is therefore a 3D scanner of choice to capture the complexity of a work of art.

Scan the World and Artec work together

Artec Eva Scanner Makes Digitizing Complex Artwork Easier

Artyom Yukhin, President and CEO of Artec 3D, concluded, “Artec 3D has always been committed to keeping our technology at the forefront of the industry and providing applications that can be used around the world. Today, we’re excited to take a bold step forward in building a heritage-focused digital community alongside Scan the World – capturing treasured artifacts in exquisite detail and making them accessible to everyone. You can find all 3D printable artifacts HERE.

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