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3D Printing Services

Your guide to using the library's 3D Printer and 3D Scanner!

3D Scanning

Pearsall Library has a Matter and Form 3D Scanner.  Current students, faculty and staff can reserve time to scan objects in order to create 3D files of the object.  These files of the scanned object can then be printed using the 3D printer.  There is no charge to use the scanner, but users must make an appointment using the Request an Appointment tab.  Typically, an object will require 2 or 3 scans to create the 3D file.  The library staff reserves the right to limit scanning time per user during times of high demand.

3D Scanning Equipment

Matter and Form 3D Scanner

Matter and Form uses Adaptive Scanning technology to scan a wide array of objects without powder or painting first.

Matter and Form can scan a wide array of single-color and multi-color objects.  Most objects will need multiple scans to produce a 3D model of the object.  Some surfaces, including highly reflective or polished surfaces, will not scan well.


Height: 25 cm (9.8 in)
Diameter: 18 cm (7.0 in)
Weight: 3.0kg (6.6 lbs)


Capture details as small as 0.43mm
Capture size within ±0.25mm

Scanning Procedure

Scanning time will vary depending on the object's size and detail!

  1. Open the scanner, with the cameras facing the white wall.
  2. Log into the computer and open the Matter and Form software. If you run into updates, just continue.
  3. Place the calibration card in the middle of the scanning area facing the cameras.
  4. Select New Scan, and Single Colored.
  5. Line up; Auto.
  6. After scanning, save as a MFCX file.
  7. Select Auto Clean to finalize the file.
  8. If the entire object did not scan well, you may be able to scan from a different angle, create an additional MFCX file, and combine the files before printing.
  9. When you've combined enough scans for your design to be as complete as possible, select Save/Export to STL, which is the kind of file needed for 3D printing from our printer. Perform Mesh.