Scan The World


A very rich and interesting part of 3D printing is the ability to print scanned objects. It opens an enormous potential for saving the historic heritage of the world. A significant collection of such objects already exists as MyMiniFactory launched the Scan the World initiative. They share the files for everyone to print a part of history for themselves. We have printed out a few items from that collection:

Scan The World - Several Examples

What makes participating in Scan the World interesting is that many objects have fascinating stories behind them. These items are taken from history and they have much to say about their origin. If we think about it, it is not just a story about how they were created, but also their life and survival story. We would recommend Scan The World contributors to take care and add the stories of their 3D scanned objects when they publish STL files. Not only the readers will benefit, but also the google ranking system may push your published item higher. Here a story of the Gayer-Anderson Cat:

This sculpture is known as the Gayer-Anderson Cat, named after Major Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson who, together with Mary Stout Shaw, donated it to The British Museum, London. The statue is a representation of the cat-goddess Bastet. The cat wears jewellery and a protective wedjat amulet and is decorated with a winged scarab that appears on the chest and head. A copy of the statue is kept in the Gayer-Anderson Museum, located in Cairo.

Scan The World - Gayer-Anderson Cat

Historical objects that Scan the World collects were not created for 3D printing. Many of them require a lot of supports to be added. In the case with “The Wrestlers”, even the faces needed supporting. We disabled an automatic support option in order to minimize the post process cleaning. However, we failed to detect one of the places where the supports were needed. As a result, one arm didn’t come out well. There are many things to consider while 3D printing out Scan The Wolrd objects. It may be quite difficult for those who are new to 3D printing.

Two Wrestlers in Combat - Failed Print

Scan The World’s vast collection includes pieces art and architectural landmarks. You can find Big Ben, Eiffel Tower, Roman Coliseum and others. Old sculptures are supplemented by modern art. Marwari Horse Head, a popular in 3D printing community sculpture, is located in Hyde Park corner at Marble Arch in London. It is one of the rare objects in the Scan The World collection that can be printed without supports.

Scan The World - Marwari Horse Head

There is an interesting feature on MyMiniFactory’s website – an interactive map. By scrolling through the map it is possible to see which pieces of art come from which area. Is your local area rich in historical heritage? The website also has a catalog of museums around the world, that are a generous ground for 3D scan hunters. We should all be grateful to those enthusiasts who dedicate their time and efforts scanning the masterpieces and filling this amazing collection.

Scan The World - Interactive Map

YouTube video coming soon.

What is Scan The World?

Scan the world is an ambitious initiative whose mission is to archive the world’s sculptures and objects of cultural significance in a form suitable for 3D printing.




STL Files:
Scan The World https://www.myminifactory.com/scantheworld
Julius Caesar https://www.myminifactory.com/object/julius-caesar-at-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art-new-york-6330
Gayer-Anderson Cat https://www.myminifactory.com/object/gayer-anderson-cat-at-the-british-museum-london-4010
Big Ben https://www.myminifactory.com/object/big-ben-london-2462
Wrestlers https://www.myminifactory.com/object/the-uffizi-wrestlers-at-the-uffizi-collection-in-florence-italy-4489
Wounded Cupid https://www.myminifactory.com/object/wounded-cupid-15035
Marwari Horse Head https://www.myminifactory.com/object/marwari-horse-head-sculpture-at-marble-arch-1576

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